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These 17 amazing women in history changed the game for generations to come
From suffragettes to scientists, activists, artists & leaders who paved the way for future generations, these women in history have played a key role in shaping our world.
Stanford University history: How Leland Stanford Jr tragically inspired a renowned institution, plus over 40 old photos
Leland Stanford, Jr University in California - now known just as Stanford - was created to honor a young boy's death. His parents so grieved his loss, they put millions into creating a college in his name.
The natural wonders of the US seen in this vintage landscape photography are just as breathtaking today (circa 1900)
Have a look at beautiful vintage landscape photography featuring various natural wonders of the US -- as seen around the turn of the last century.
10 Victorian Valentine’s cards that were elegant, embossed & embellished
These beautiful Victorian Valentine's cards were carefully and creatively handcrafted, and were so much better than what you usually see today.
The story of George Ehret & his famous old Hell Gate Brewery is sadder than we ever expected
The man behind the famous Hell Gate Brewery, George Ehret, wasn't just a business success -- he was a success as a human. Find out more about his story!
See how the dynamic downtown Seattle skyline has changed over the past 150 years
Check out these vintage views of the downtown Seattle skyline to see how the city looked back from the 19th century through to the 21st!
Snow removal 100 years ago: See how they did it without modern-day tools
Here's a look back at snow removal 100 years ago, so you can see how much work went into clearing cities after blizzards and other big winter storms.
Find out who invented the typewriter and how this amazing 1800s invention ‘put women in business’
In the world of modern technology, it's easy to take the humble typewriter completely for granted. But have you ever wondered who invented the typewriter - and how it introduced a new role for women in the workforce?
The life & humor of vaudeville comedian Marshall Pinckney Wilder
Marshall Pinckney Wilder was a hugely successful comedian during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The 1862 Homestead Act: How it transformed America & changed our society forever
Find out how the Homestead Act of 1862 helped shape American society in dramatic ways by playing a vital role in the settlement of vast US prairie lands.
These antique fabrics from the 1890s & early 1900s are unexpectedly bright & colorful
Here are more than 100 colorful antique fabrics from right around the turn of the century - bright and bold vintage textiles that feature florals, tiny patterns, plaids, stripes, dots, paisley and other beautiful classic designs.
Florence Nightingale’s inspiring life as the founder of modern nursing was one long sacrifice (1820-1910)
When Florence Nightingale died, tributes poured in from around the world -- including ones from American sources like this one.
How to make homemade extracts & candy flavoring the old-fashioned way
If you've ever bought a pricey bottle of flavoring, you may have wondered: How can you make your own homemade extracts for less? It's probably a lot easier than you think.
The $2 bill: Can you still spend a two-dollar bill? Why do they even exist? Find out here!
Considering that people typically love money, the $2 bill has been ridiculously unpopular. Here's a look at how it came to be, and why it's one of the rarest US currency notes.
Vintage circus posters from the 1890s-1930s: Come one, come all to the greatest shows on earth!
Vintage circus posters are a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the world of the old-fashioned circus and all the excitement it offered!
See the lavish Theophilus Conrad-Caldwell mansion in Old Louisville
The magnificent Conrad-Caldwell mansion - also known as the Theophilus Conrad house - in Louisville, Kentucky, was completed in 1895, and was a luxurious home with detailed stonework and woodwork.
Granola bars from the 70s, 80s & 90s were delicious or healthy, but not both
Remember when these popular brands of old granola bars were called natural and wholesome... and seemed they were too delicious to be healthy? Yeah, we were right. But still, so yummy!
People as vegetables: Weird old trade cards from the 1800s showing men & women literally made from veggies
Trade cards, the granddaddy of today's trading cards, were common in the 1800s, and often showed offbeat images that existed solely to build brand buzz. Here's a strange set showing people as vegetables.
Antique bust silhouettes: Before photography, artists created portraits like these
As an alternative to paintings, drawings and sculptures, antique bust silhouettes like these - hand-cut from paper - were a relatively affordable way to remember loved ones.
Spreckels Mansion in San Francisco: See the luxurious old home of sugar magnate Claus Spreckels (1897)
Spreckels Mansion - aka The Sugar Palace - was a completely over-the-top late Victorian home, was the luxurious residence of one of San Francisco's wealthiest men at the time. Take a look back at the original version of this house!
See amazing pictures of elegant old Pasadena, California, from the days before cars
When you scroll through these wonderful pictures of old Pasadena from around the turn of the century, you can practically imagine strolling these elegant tree-lined streets, and seeing Victorian mansions, schools and libraries up close.
See how vintage drugstores 100 years ago sold lots of things you can’t (legally) buy anymore
Here are some things you could buy at vintage drugstores - including many dangerous and strange things that you won't find anywhere today, but were popular in markets during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
See amazing photos of old Atlantic City, New Jersey – a beautiful & popular vacation destination 100 years ago
These idyllic scenes from old Atlantic City show the fancy hotels, beautiful boardwalk, busy beaches, and fashionable crowds - all part of why the city and the Jersey shore used to be one of the east coast's top vacation destinations.
Here’s how to have a festive 4th of July with a vintage vibe!
Here are some fun ideas and recipes to give your July 4th holiday a truly retro vibe, plus a look back at the history of Independence Day!
The fascinating history of the American flag, and its evolution since 1777
There’s so much *story* packed into the history of the American flag & how its design adapted over nearly 200 years -- in step with the evolution of our union.
Not just peanuts: Why George Washington Carver is considered one of history’s most important scientists
The insights and inventions of Dr George Washington Carver - which he gave freely to the world - revolutionized the South, and helped millions out of poverty.
What is a Charlotte russe? 8 delicious classic Charlotte dessert recipes
Today, many of the great desserts of old are being rediscovered and enjoyed - luxurious offerings like the Victorian classic Charlotte Russe. Here are some recipes!
John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor before he killed Lincoln – here’s what critics said about him
Below are a few photos of actor/assassin John Wilkes Booth, along with some theater advertisements that appeared in newspapers during the years leading up to President's Lincoln's murder.
George Washington’s life & legacy
During George Washington's presidency, he considered the government to have been created for the good of all the people - and to be used for the good of all.
A mother’s wisdom: First Lady Abigail Adams’ letter to young John Quincy Adams, age 11
It is said that superior men have superior mothers, and no matter the views of John Quincy Adams as a politician, he was considered a man of high morals. This insightful letter was written by his mother, First Lady Abigail Adams, from a volume published in the mid-1800s.