The Earliest Photographs of a Total Solar Eclipse, 1854

In 1841-42, William and Frederick Langenheim opened a daguerreotype studio in Philadelphia. Known for their technical innovations, the former journalists were not the city’s first but were certainly its most celebrated photographers. On May 26, 1854, the Langenheim brothers made eight sequential photographs of the first total eclipse of the sun visible in North AmericaContinue reading “The Earliest Photographs of a Total Solar Eclipse, 1854”

Titanic: Newspaper Front Pages With the First Stories of the Disaster on April 15, 1912

Here are some front pages of newspapers around the country, showing very first reports of the Titanic disaster. Newspaper front pages with the first stories of the Titanic disaster on April 15, 1912 As you can see, several of the headlines were completely inaccurate. Of course, that’s to be expected — there was very littleContinue reading “Titanic: Newspaper Front Pages With the First Stories of the Disaster on April 15, 1912”

Candid Photographs of The Rolling Stones Performing at the Alexandra Palace in London, 1964

The Rolling Stones’ All Night Rave took place at the Alexandra Palace in London on June 26, 1964. Organized by The Rolling Stones’ fan club, the show coincided with the release date of the band’s hit “It’s All Over Now”. The Stones joined a blues-rich bill that featured John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Alexis Korner,Continue reading “Candid Photographs of The Rolling Stones Performing at the Alexandra Palace in London, 1964”

50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 12

The 1920s (pronounced “nineteen-twenties,” often shortened to the “20s”) was a decade that began on January 1, 1920, and ended on December 31, 1929. In America, it is frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age”, while in Europe the period is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Twenties” because of theContinue reading “50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 12”

The Radium Girls: The Living Dead Women in the 1920s

The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. From 1917 to 1926, U.S. Radium Corporation, originally called the Radium Luminous Material Corporation, was engaged in the extraction and purification of radium from carnotite ore to produce luminous paints, which were marketed under the brand nameContinue reading “The Radium Girls: The Living Dead Women in the 1920s”

In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York

Was there really a shortage of marriage-minded women in the United States in the early 1900s? Apparently rumors had been circulating in Europe that American men couldn’t find wives. With this in mind, just over 1,000 “maids” booked passage on a New York–bound ship that arrived on September 27, 1907. The Washington Post wrote anContinue reading “In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York”

50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1960s Volume 11

The 1960s (pronounced “nineteen-sixties”, shortened to the “’60s” or the “Sixties” ) was a decade that began on January 1, 1960, and ended on December 31, 1969. The “cultural decade” of the 1960s is more loosely defined than the actual decade. It begins around 1963–1964 with the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Beatles’ arrival inContinue reading “50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1960s Volume 11”

50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1950s Volume 11

The 1950s (pronounced nineteen-fifties; commonly abbreviated as the “Fifties” or the ” ’50s”) (among other variants) was a decade that began on January 1, 1950, and ended on December 31, 1959. Throughout the decade, the world continued its recovery from World War II, aided by the post-World War II economic expansion. The period also sawContinue reading “50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1950s Volume 11”

One of the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Paris in the 19th Century was The Paris Morgue

Today, Parisians and tourists from around the world flock to visit the dozens of magnificent monuments and museums housed by the capital, in search of the legend of the Eiffel Tower, the richness of the collections of the Musée d’Orsay, or the art of living of covered passages. But there are more than a century,Continue reading “One of the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Paris in the 19th Century was The Paris Morgue”

The Story of Painless Parker, an Early 20th Century Street Dentist Who Pulled 357 Teeth in One Day

Before local anesthesia could manage the pain, one early 20th century dentist distracted his patients with showgirls and brass bands. Painless Parker found that a bit of the old razzle dazzle not only added enough commotion to keep a person from focusing too much on a tooth pulling, it drew an audience of prospective patients.Continue reading “The Story of Painless Parker, an Early 20th Century Street Dentist Who Pulled 357 Teeth in One Day”