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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 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!
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.
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.
Why take the stairs while you can ride up in comfort inside one of these metalwork 'cage' style antique elevators, made with beautiful ornamental iron? Just tell the bellhop what floor you want.
We discovered these 22 amazing old pictures of some of the most gorgeous historical hotel lobbies from across the US. Have a scroll and step back in time with us to a more elegant era!
The Christmas decorations in Victorian churches could be extremely lush Victorian Christians were faithful practitioners of their religion, and took special care decorating their churches
Um, our ancestors were weird, y'all. Maybe we're just missing some context that would make these bizarre Victorian Christmas cards make sense?
Crystal chandeliers have been a symbol of luxury and opulence since the 18th century. If you’re wondering what crystal chandeliers used to look like, take a peek below at these vintage photos!
It was on that memorable day in telephone history - June 2, 1875 - when Bell and Watson were testing a number of transmitters, connected by a single wire to a corresponding set of vibrating reed receivers, that the first sounds were transmitted electrically.
Here Come The Brides was an hour-long comedy/Western TV series set in Seattle in the 1870s about a family of loggers who brought in 100 women as potential brides. The show launched Bobby Sherman and David Soul as teen idols.
Did Coca-Cola once have cocaine in it? Amazingly, yes. Originally marketed as a health drink when it debuted in the 1880s, Coca-Cola was said to cure everything from a migraine (aka "sick headache") to physical exhaustion to depression.
These vintage selfies, several of which date back to the 1800s, prove that the desire to capture our own images has been around for a long time. Here's how people took self-portraits with old cameras long ago!
Here's a look back at 100 years of vintage Fostoria glass - from candelabra to stemware, in clear crystal or a rainbow of colorful hues - that people have been using and collecting for generations.
Annie Oakley wasn't just the best female sharpshooter - she was THE best. She once sent a shot right through the bullseye, then someone bet she couldn't shoot through the hole she had just made. Guess what happened next?
Samuel Colt's Connecticut mansion also known as Armsmear, was built on a huge plot of land owned by the inventor of the famous gun. See what this grand and spacious Victorian home was like in its heyday!
Here, take a look back at some of the earliest automobiles that were on the market at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
Take a glimpse into what the famous old Macy's department store looked like just over a hundred years ago - and how it offered its customers a shopping experience like no other.
For generations, mail carriers and other postal workers have worked hard to bring us letters, magazines, packages and more. Here's a look at how they transported the mail long ago!
More than 100 years ago, see how antique baby carriages like these were styled with beautiful designs, made from wicker, metal and wood - sometimes embellished with wooden spindles and woven reeds.
The important events described here were the beginning of the end of the Civil War, though the official declaration was signed on May 10, 1865.
A look back: Some of the best buys in antique toys (from 1974) Article from American Home, December 1974 Antique toys are double-barreled delights. They
The history of Levi's jeans shows that the power of a really good idea - like super-durable clothing that people like to wear - can make for a business that stays strong for more than 160 years.
Gorgeous, graceful old-fashioned decorative iron porches & balconies, crafted from intricate metalwork, adorn many homes and other buildings in the Southern states. Here, take a look back at some stunning examples!
Take a look back at these adorable antique baby portraits from the 1800s, captured in these pictures on cabinet cards, cartes des visite, and other antique photographic prints from long ago.
To a generation raised on instant mixes, old-fashioned chocolate pudding recipes like these may seem unnecessary. But considering the dessert's enduring allure, why not try a classic version?
Antique early American weathervanes shaped like horses, cows, deer, roosters, angels, ships and even fish were hammered in metal and used as much to decorate rooftops as to note the direction of the wind
Before photography, you could keep memories of loved ones close by getting portrait miniatures painted. Now they're highly-collectible antiques! Here's a look at some of this classic artwork.
Check out this collection of beautiful antique Victorian fireplaces - detailed mantels and classic grates - with an elegant style to suit homes of the late 1800s.
This is a detailed account of what would come to be known as The Battle of the Wilderness, which was the first battle of Grant’s