30 Vintage Photos of Ostrich Farms in Southern California During the Early 20th Century

In the late 19th-century, tourists flocked to Southern California’s ostrich farms to gawk at the ungainly birds. Ostriches arrived in Southern California in 1883 when an English naturalist named Charles Sketchley opened a farm devoted to the tall, flightless birds near Anaheim, in what is today Buena Park. Sketchley’s investors, who included developer Gaylord WilshireContinue reading “30 Vintage Photos of Ostrich Farms in Southern California During the Early 20th Century”

As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals

Opened on 1 August 1844, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin was the first zoo in Germany. The aquarium opened in 1913. The first animals were donated by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, from the menagerie and pheasantry of the Tiergarten. The nearby U-Bahn station was opened the same year. During World War II, the zooContinue reading “As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals”

27 Amazing Vintage Photographs of People Posing With Alligators in the Early 20th Century

During the first few decades of the 20th century, the people of Los Angeles had alligator fever. Starting in 1907, alligator rides, feedings, and trained alligator shows were all the rage, thanks to “Alligator Joe” Campbell and Francis Earnest, proprietors of the California Alligator Farm—one of the longest-running, and strangest, amusements in the city ofContinue reading “27 Amazing Vintage Photographs of People Posing With Alligators in the Early 20th Century”

The Last Known Photographs of the Now Extinct Thylacine, Known as the Tasmanian Tiger, 1933

The Thylacine, also called Tasmanian tiger because of its striped lower back, or the Tasmanian wolf because of its canid-like characteristics, was neither a tiger nor a wolf, but a marsupial, and closely related to the Tasmanian devil. The last known Tasmanian tiger died in 1936, but hundreds of unconfirmed sightings have spurred investigations intoContinue reading “The Last Known Photographs of the Now Extinct Thylacine, Known as the Tasmanian Tiger, 1933”

Vintage Photographs of Zorita – the Classic Burlesque Snake Dancer, in the 1930s and 1940s

The original bad girl of burlesque, and the dancer who popularized the use of live snakes, Zorita was a 1940s glamour girl. Known for her original and raunchy dances, Zorita was recognizable by the blonde streaks she often had in her black hair. Born Kathryn Boyd in Youngstown, Ohio in 1915, she was adopted byContinue reading “Vintage Photographs of Zorita – the Classic Burlesque Snake Dancer, in the 1930s and 1940s”