Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and His 84 Wives: Rare Photographs and the Story of the Iranian Shah and His Harem

In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see. One of Shah Qajar’s many passions wasContinue reading “Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and His 84 Wives: Rare Photographs and the Story of the Iranian Shah and His Harem”

24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century

Throughout the 500-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. When fugitives escaped, enslavers often placed runaway notices in newspapers. Such ads included any kind of information that might help readers identify the fugitive: the name, height,Continue reading “24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century”

The Glory Days of Train Travel: Inside the Pullman Train Cars, the Epitome of Luxury Palace Cars and Superliners From the Late 19th Century

The Pullman Palace Car Company, founded by George Pullman, manufactured railroad cars in the mid-to-late 19th century through the early decades of the 20th century, during the boom of railroads in the United States. Its workers initially lived in a planned worker community (or “company town”) named Pullman. George Mortimer Pullman was always an inventive,Continue reading “The Glory Days of Train Travel: Inside the Pullman Train Cars, the Epitome of Luxury Palace Cars and Superliners From the Late 19th Century”

Unbelievable American Slave Sale and Auction Ads From the 19th Century

The legal institution of human chattel slavery, comprising the enslavement primarily of Africans and African Americans, was prevalent in the United States of America from its founding in 1776 until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865. The Amendment prohibited “slavery [and] involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.” Slavery wasContinue reading “Unbelievable American Slave Sale and Auction Ads From the 19th Century”

Collected From a Number of Fashion Plates, These Images Illustrate Women’s Fashion in Every Year From 1784 to 1970

Shown here is a timeline of women’s high fashion from 1784 to 1970, focusing entirely on trends in Europe and North America. Meticulously compiled using a number of historic fashion plates, this timeline showcases the many shifts in styles that occurred in women’s fashion over the course of nearly 200 years, from 1784 to 1970.Continue reading “Collected From a Number of Fashion Plates, These Images Illustrate Women’s Fashion in Every Year From 1784 to 1970”

27 Fantastic Vintage Circus Posters from the Late 19th Century

A circus is a company of performers who put on diverse entertainment shows that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, dancers, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, and unicyclists as well as other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. The term circus also describes the performance which has followed various formats through itsContinue reading “27 Fantastic Vintage Circus Posters from the Late 19th Century”

Ever Wonder Why There’s a Tiny Pocket Above the Regular Ones in the Front of Your Jeans? There Is a Reason…

All jeans have five pockets – not four. But nothing really fits in that tiny pocket. What is that little jeans pocket actually for? Have you ever wonder why that tiny pocket on the front of your jeans exists? Well, wonder no longer. It’s a watch pocket, originally for men who wore pocket watches andContinue reading “Ever Wonder Why There’s a Tiny Pocket Above the Regular Ones in the Front of Your Jeans? There Is a Reason…”

Louisa Clayton, the Woman Who Disguised Herself as a Man to Fight in the Civil War

Several hundred women disguised themselves as men and took the bold step of leaving the comforts of home to serve their country during the Civil War. Frances Clalin Clayton disguised herself as a man and took the name Jack Williams in order to fight in the army. For several months, she served in Missouri artilleryContinue reading “Louisa Clayton, the Woman Who Disguised Herself as a Man to Fight in the Civil War”

Meet Ralph C. Lincoln From Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 11th Generation Lincoln, 3rd Cousin of Abraham Lincoln

Ralph C. Lincoln, the assistant manager at Vitamin World in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, looks strikingly similar to a very famous American – the 16th U.S. President – Abraham Lincoln. Many people have told him “you look just like Abe.” He smiles and replies, “Which one? There are several Abrahams in the family.” Meet Ralph C. LincolnContinue reading “Meet Ralph C. Lincoln From Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 11th Generation Lincoln, 3rd Cousin of Abraham Lincoln”

Rare Portrait Photos From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885

Washington G. Smith (1828-1893) and Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954) spent almost one hundred years photographing people, events, and scenes in and around Cooperstown. At the time of his gift Telfer was 93 years old and was widely thought to be the oldest working photographer in the United States. Washington Smith worked with partners while heContinue reading “Rare Portrait Photos From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885”