1910s

The Bizarre Christmas Marketing Stunt That Made Tinker Toys A Hit

December 9, 2021

Photo of Tinker Toys. (Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Like Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys were popular because they allowed children t...

The Villisca Ax Murders

November 1, 2021

(ShaniMiller/Getty Images) One of the coldest cases in Iowa may also be its most haunting. An astounding eight people lost their lives in a single night in Villisca thanks to a crazed madman wi...

1916: The First True Supermarket, The Piggly Wiggly, Is Opened By Clarence Saunders In Memphis,...

September 5, 2021

View of the front of the Piggly Wiggly store located at 106 South Austin in the Austin community area, Chicago, Illinois...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: How American Business Learned A Grim Lesson

June 1, 2021

Worker safety was not exactly a priority in the Industrial Age factories of the early 20th century, when many businesses sacrificed employ...

The Easter Rising: Insurrection Within Ireland During World War I

April 26, 2021

Irish Citizen Army group lined up outside ITGWU HQ under a banner proclaiming "We serve neither King nor Kaiser, but Ireland!" (National Library of Irela...

How Hollywood Started When Independent Filmmakers Moved to California In The 1910s ...

February 11, 2021

Panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles showing Pershing Square, c.1910. (Charles C. Pierce/Wikimedia Commons) Before 1915, Los Ang...

Titanic Survivor Stories: Who Survived The Titanic And What Happened To Them?

February 3, 2021

Michel Marcel Navratil, and his younger brother, Edmond Roger. Taken in April 1912 to publish in newspapers in order to assist in their ident...

Thanksgiving During The 1918 Spanish Flu

November 24, 2020

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images) On Thanksgiving 1918, the world was in the throes of a pandemic that infected around one-third of the global population. That's around 500 million...

Porvenir Massacre Of 1918: A Harrowing Night Of Racial Murder By Local Texans, US Military

September 7, 2020

On January 28, 1918, a group of Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and local ranchers descended on the village of Porvenir...

Piggly Wiggly: The First Supermarket That Let You Pick Out Your Own Food

September 6, 2020

The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Tennessee. (Clarence Saunders/Wikimedia Commons) Going to the grocery store in the early 1900s was no...

How Woodrow Wilson Planned To Hack His Own Election For The Good Of The American People

August 1, 2020

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson was pretty sure that he was on his way out of the White House, and although he ran for reelect...

What You Didn’t Know About the Unsinkable Molly Brown

August 27, 2018

Everyone remembers Kathy Bates’ portrayal of the Denver socialite, Molly Brown, in the 1997 James Cameron film, Titanic. Bates played Molly Brown as a tough-talk...

The Biscuit That Survived The Sinking of Titanic Became the World's Most Expensive Biscuit

January 5, 2018

This crunchy old biscuit survived the sinking of the Titanic and is probably one of the most expensive baked products in the world...

Vintage Black and White Cat Photos Taken in 1914

December 17, 2017

These adorable and funny cat photos were taken by American photographer Harry Whittier Frees. These collection is thought to date back as far as 1914. ...

The True Story of The Boy Who Vanished and Came Back as a New Child, 1912

November 24, 2017

On August 23, 1912, the Dunbars went on a trip to Swayze Lake in Louisiana. As the family played in the water, suddenly four-year-olf Bobby disappe...

The Fake Paris You Never Knew About

October 13, 2017

Towards the end of World War I French military planners hired private firms to help build a fake with a faux Arc di Triomphe and Goud du Nord among its many “landmarks.” Viewed from pla...

41 Beautiful Portraits of Edwardian Women From Between the 1900s and 1910s

October 10, 2017

Color photography was attempted as early as the 1840s, but it became popular only after the Lumière brothers introduced and patented the Autochrom...

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