The doors of New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, a 36-year-old internationally-known institution, closed May 1, 1929. Noisy wreckers will clank in to tear it down. The old generation passes with a sigh. The new era enters with a roar.
The luxurious original Waldorf-Astoria was among America's first big hotels. When it was built during the Victorian era, and for years thereafter, it was considered the finest hotel in the world -- and it soon became the most famous, too.
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.
Owney, the world's most popular dog has traveled almost around the globe. He made the journey around the world all alone and with only a tag about his neck -- and found friends everywhere. Here's the story!
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.
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!
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!
Take a stroll back to the late 1800s and early 1900s to see some of the grand homes and mansions that lined New York City's famed Fifth Avenue.
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
Without the kind of winter weather equipment we take for granted, removing snow from city streets and sidewalks was a huge undertaking. Here's a look!
The inventor of the dishwashing machine The patron saint of the emancipated woman of the future will be Josephine Garis Cochrane, the inventor of... Click to read more...
By Nathan B Medbery, author "Social Etiquette" Etiquette topic: Which treats of etiquette in the parlor 14 simple suggestions on conduct for gentlem... Click to read more...
Vintage weathervanes were made in almost every conceivable design and pattern. Horses, cows, deer, eagles, ships. roosters and even pigs were hammered in metal and used to register the direction of the wind.
Why take the stairs while you can ride up in comfort inside one of these antique metalwork 'cage' style elevator cars, made with beautiful ornamental iron? Just tell the bellhop what floor you want.
Tailor-made jackets in velvet are now quiet the thing, and made medium-length, double-breasted, turned-back collar and pockets on either side; very much, in fact, on the order of the English top coat.
A leader among art stove makers In the matter of ornamentation, our "Art Tile stove" is the leader among "Art stoves." Its mantle of embossed tiles... Click to read more...
Cheyenne's "Frontier Day" (1897): 8,000 people see an entertaining time Bronco riding, Wild horse race, Stage hold-up, Hanging bee, Cow-pony races, e... Click to read more...
The buildings are to be like the old adobe houses of the early Spanish days; they will be one-storied, have deep window seats and open fireplaces, and the roofs will be covered with dark red tiles. The material is to be a fine cream colored sandstone.
Some tips on conduct for gentlemen of the Victorian era, including number 13: 'Avoid wearing a grin on your face and you will avoid looking destitute of wits.'
To see the telephone girl at her work, to observe her quick, delicate, never-hesitating movements, is a pastime fascinating to the extreme. Each will get between 500 to 600 calls a day. Here, see photographs from New York City phone operators in 1899.
By Nathan B Medbery, author "Social Etiquette" Etiquette topic: Which treats of manners to be observed when in public 27 simple suggestions on condu... Click to read more...
The harmony of color (1893) From Sherwin-Williams Paint We often hear the remark "There goes a well-dressed lady," but we do not always think of... Click to read more...
Hotel Green, Pasadena, California Marengo Avenue, Pasadena Marengo Avenue, Pasadena Orange Grove Avenue, Pasade... Click to read more...
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.
Below is an article published in 1961, reminiscing about the super-popular toys that were around for generations oh so long ago: rolling hoops and sti... Click to read more...
Here's a news story about the Lizzie Borden double murder from just 5 days after the killings. Soon, this sensationally dramatic tale would rivet the nation.
A look back at some of the most magnificent resort hotels of yesteryear, and where -- and if -- they stand now.
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.
There is no use in making any bones about it: Cigarette smoking is on the increase among the women of New York City.