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5-Year-Old Girl Gave Birth and Became the World’s Youngest Mother, 1939

Back in 1939, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She was only five-years-old. Born in Ticrapo, Castrovirreyna Province, Peru, to silversmith Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea. She was brought to a hospital by...

 
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These Women Should Be Famous…

Scientists Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering created one of the world’s first whooping cough vaccines in 1930s Grand Rapids. On their own time, with a lab and tiny budget, Kendrick and Eldering, with the assistance...

 
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The Interesting Story of Deadshot Mary

Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896, and after immigrating to America with her family, made the bold choice to join the NYPD. Along with a handful of other woman cops, she went to work on undercover beats. In her first...

 
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Before Radar, These Giant Concrete “Sound Mirrors” Were Used To Detect Incoming Enemy Aircraft

Before the invention of radars, acoustic mirrors were used in Great Britain as early warning devices. The mirrors were built to detect incoming enemies by the sound of their engines. Source 4.5-metre-high (14 ft 9 in) WW1...

 
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24 Vintage Photos Of Alaska As You’ve Never Seen It Before

We often see picturesque photos of Alaska, but we rarely see old photos that show what it was like when the region was being settled. So, here are some incredible images from the late 1800s onwards showing Alaskan settlers...

 
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Vintage Snapshots of Female Skiers from Between 1920s and 1930s

Skiing, one of indispensable sports of winter. But until the mid-19th century it was primarily used for transport, and since then has become a recreation and sport. Here are some vintage photos of women skiing for either...

 
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The 10,000-Bedroom Hotel That Was Never Used

Hotel Prora is a massive building complex built between 1936 and 1939 by the Nazis as part of their “Strength through Joy” programme. The complex stretches over three miles along the white sandy beach on Germany’s...

 
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Black and White Photos Show Winter in Boston From Between the 1910s and 1930s

Bostonians know how winter can be both magical and miserable. Here’s a selection of 33 photographs taken by Leslie Jones, staff photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler, documenting daily life in Boston from between...

 
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A Look Inside Hoovervilles During the Great Depression

After the stock market crashed in 1929, many Americans lost their jobs and many families in America’s largest cities were unable to pay their mortgages or rent payments. To avoid living on the streets, people built...

 
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FDR Wanted a Simple Funeral and Burial

In December, 1937, Franklin Roosevelt wrote out instructions for his funeral and burial in a four-page document. It was kept folded in an envelope in Roosevelt’s personal safe in his bedroom at the White House, and was...

 
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