1880s

Statue of Liberty construction (1886)

It took years to complete the construction of the Statue of Liberty - also known as Liberty Enlightening the World - but here are some peeks behind the scenes into how it was done!
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.
Refreshing Classic Tom Collins Cocktail

Have you seen Tom Collins? Plus 5 classic Tom Collins cocktail recipes

A Tom Collins isn't a drink just named after some guy, somewhere. It's a drink named after nobody, nowhere. Ah, but there's a story to go along with it all. Find out the backstory of "Have you seen Tom Collins?" -- and get recipes for four original, old-fashioned versions of the Tom Collins cocktail!
A Phoenix, Arizona birds-eye map view from of the city from 1885

See Phoenix, Arizona in 1885: A birds-eye map of the city

Phoenix, Arizona was first settled in 1867, and here you can see an aerial view of the city as it looked back in 1885, when the population was estimated to be just 3,500, and was said to be 'one of the most beautiful and lovely cities in the West.'
8 ways to enjoy old-fashioned eggnog

8 ways to enjoy old-fashioned eggnog

Egg nog is thought to be originally an American institution, especially popular in the southern states during the holiday season. Here are 8 old-fashioned eggnog recipes for you to try.
Lillie Langtry The scandalous Jersey Lily

Lillie Langtry: The scandalous Jersey Lily (1958)

Lillie Langtry was a statuesque blonde with blue eyes, a perfect complexion and a ravishing figure. She was acclaimed by the social set. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, paid homage to the beautiful lady from the Isle of Jersey.
A painting of the dedication by Edward Moran 1886

The Statue of Liberty unveiled (1886)

When the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in 1886, 20,000 men in uniform were to march down New York City's Fifth Avenue and Broadway with flags and bands of music, and a million people more or less came out to see the sight.
Fainting spell with boy scout - Antique card

Fainting as fine art (1889)

Now, how does a woman faint? I declare I don't know. I have seen the interesting phenomenon a few times, but the trouble is there's so much excitement that a man forgets to take observations.

No more rabies (1885)

No more hydrophobia! No more mad dogs! Dr Louis Pasteur’s experiments have resulted in a most brilliant success at perhaps the most important sitting held by the academy of sciences.

Finding a piece of the past: PJ Clarke’s in NYC

It’s not often you can discover long-lost information about a venerable institution like New York City’s PJ Clarke’s. Really — how much more could there be left to learn about a place that’s already a piece of living history?

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