1890s

Annie Oakley portrait - Philadelphia

The amazing Annie Oakley, expert shot (1890s)

Annie Oakley once sent a shot right through the center of the bullseye - and then someone bet that she couldn't through the hole she had just made. You might be able to imagine what happened next.
Sutro Baths bathing pools - San Francisco

San Francisco’s Victorian marvel: The huge swimming pools at Sutro Baths

The size of San Francisco's great Sutro Baths seizes the imagination, yet it is not oppressive, owing to the lightness and airiness of the structure. Tier upon tier rise seats, while at their base, visible to everyone, are the swimming tanks. The sea water is supplied by an ingenious use of the ocean waves.
See the rooms at the elegant old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (1903)

The suite life: See the rooms at the elegant Waldorf-Astoria (1903)

New York City's old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel -- torn down in 1929 -- was a luxurious Victorian building that served overnight guests as much as Manhattan's social elite. Here, take a look inside the hotel rooms and suites, and see what accommodations would have looked like back in 1903!
Get laced up with more than 200 classic Victorian corsets

Get laced up with more than 200 classic Victorian corsets

Throughout the 1800s, clothing styles for women changed considerably. Variations in fashions led to modifications in the length of the waist and the height of the bust, and other aspects of Victorian corsets. Come take a trip through history with this gallery of more than 200 corset styles!
Tesla holding a phosphor-coated wireless light bulb

Nikola Tesla’s plan to give free electricity to everyone (1896)

Free electricity for everyone? It means that if Nikola Tesla succeeds in harnessing the electrical earth currents and putting them to work for man there will be an end to oppressive extortionate monopolies in steam, telephones, telegraphs and the other commercial uses of electricity

Letter-writing is falling out of style (1894)

Letter-writing isn't as much of an art as it once was. Books had to be written about it years ago, and "The Ready Letter-writer" was as infallible and as essential as a cookbook is to many people nowadays.

Who was Frederick Douglass? (1895)

Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave in Talbot county, Maryland, in 1817, was the one conspicuous anti-slavery agitator who spoke of the wrongs and cruelty of slavery from personal experience.

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