Exploring History’s Lesser-Known Facets Through Rare Discoveries

By Sophia Maddox | March 22, 2024

An early toaster from 1920

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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Is there anything better than a hot piece of toast? One might say it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Following the advent of electricity all sorts of fun little inventions started pooping up in stores, including this early toaster. While it does what the toaster in your home does right now, it does it much differently. In stead of toasting both sides of the bread this early toaster only heats one side of bread at a time, so users have to watch their bread get warmed to their preferred crispiness before flipping the bread and toasting the other side. 

The world’s oldest astronomical clock is still in operation in Prague.

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The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the world's oldest fully functional astronomical clocks, meaning that aside from telling the time it also displays information about the Sun, Moon, Zodiac constellations, and even other planets in some cases. The astronomical clock in Prague is known as The Orloj and in order to provide the time and locations of astronomical bodies it had to be constructed with multiple layers. The main face of the clock features the time as well as glyphs that show ancient Czech time as well as a set of Roman numerals that tell 24 hour time. 

The face is colored in different colors of blue and red that represent different parts of the day from sunrise to sunset and even when it’s simply night. At the center of the dial sits the Earth.