1840s

Gold mining in California: A firsthand report (1849)

In this first-person report, take a look at the harsh conditions the Miner '49ers faced -- both in getting to California, and what they found when they reached the gold fields. "All writers who have written on the subject of crossing the plains have greatly misrepresented the trip."

The romance of antique photos (1977)

The romance of old photos Vintage nineteenth-century photographs are the current delight and sensation of the art world. When old prints are put up for sale in auction houses in London, New York or Los An... Read more...

View of Bunker Hill & monument (1843)

The Battle of Bunker Hill occurred on June 17, 1775, during the siege of Boston, and is considered to be the first major battle of the American Revolution. The 221-foot granite obelisk monument was completed in... Read more...

‘Counsel to ladies’ from 1847 (1911)

Women then and now Away back in 1847, a man named S D Edwins lived in England and wrote a pamphlet entitled, "Counsel to Ladies." A yellowed copy has just turned up in a New York collection. He advised the l... Read more...

The shady side of the gold rush (1849)

The shady side of the picture The Bangor Whig and Courier publishes extracts of a letter from a gentleman at the Sandwich Islands, who had been at the mines in California for two months, furnished by Mr Do... Read more...

The great comet (1843)

Here is a report from New Bedford, Massachusetts -- via Pennsylvania -- about the cosmological wonder known as The Great Comet of 1843 (technically named C/1843 D1 and 1843 I) that they were seeing in the sky. ... Read more...

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