Exploring Unseen History: Rare Discoveries Offer New Perspectives

By Sophia Maddox | May 5, 2024

A sewing machine from 1867, this invention was one of the most contested of the 19th century

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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Between 1832 and 1834 Walter Hunt developed the sewing machine in his workshop on Amos street in New York City. The first version of the machine was built by hand, and they contained a curved needle and a shuttle that helped interlock a stitch with two threads. Over the course of the next 30 years the sewing machine would receive many updates and changes that helped bring fashion technology to another level. At the same time there were many copycat designers who were trying to gain the first patent on the sewing machine. Oddly enough, this little machine became one of the most litigated tools in the 19th century. 

King Tutankhamun's sandals, royal and fashionable

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When we think about ancient Egypt we tend to imagine giant pyramids and mummies interred in sarcophagi, but there’s so much more to the time period than those basic facts. These sandals worn by King Tut show that people in Ancient Egypt were more like modern day people than we ever imagined. Not only did they wear shoes similar to what we have today, but they were just as into fashion as we are. André Veldmeije, renowned ancient footwear expert said:

When footwear is mentioned in general books, if at all, it is usually noted that sandals were flimsy and most people were barefoot all the time. Moreover, they say there were only few types of sandals. This is a misconception, probably based on artistic depictions alone. The variety of footwear is much greater than imagery suggests and even includes shoes that are never depicted; we only know them from the archaeological record.