1890s

Hello! The telephone girl (1899)

Hello! The life of a telephone girl The average man might do much worse than court a telephone girl of New York. This is an opinion carefully formed after a study of the various exchanges, after several se... Read more...

NYC’s stunning historical Fifth Avenue mansions (1890s)

By the time Shirley Temple sang about Fifth Avenue in 1940, it had been the grandest thoroughfare for more than 50 years. Take a stroll back to the late 1800s and early 1900s to see some of the grand homes that helped their owners call this Manhattan street home.

Do you remember rolling hoops? (1961)

Below is an article published in 1961, reminiscing about the popular toys of long ago: rolling hoops and sticks. Do you remember? by Helen T Bartschat Rolling hoops There are the days we have been w... Read more...

The advent of the automobile (1899)

The advent of the automobile The horse, as a machine, has his drawbacks. One is that he wears out too soon. Another is his general unreliability and his tendency to spavin and heaves when overworked. His fue... Read more...

San Francisco’s Cliff House (1896-1907)

One of several incarnations of the San Francisco landmark, this French Chateau version of the Cliff House -- considered by many to be the finest of them all -- opened in February 1896. (Read more about the open... Read more...

American $5 index typewriter (1893)

Though it may look like some sort of mechanized ouija board or odd teletype machine, the item shown below was, in fact, a very early budget typewriter. Retailing for about 1/20 of the price of a typewriter with... Read more...

Mistletoe and Christmas (1898)

Mistletoe and Christmas The connection of mistletoe with Christmas is a very curious one, and far from being a general one. Literature is, perhaps, mainly responsible for it, in that allusions to a custom -- i... Read more...

Collectible ruby glass (1967)

Collectible ruby glass Anyone visiting Niagara Falls or a county fair in the 1890s was likely to bring home a piece of ruby-stained pattern glass as a souvenir. Such novelties, turned out in hundreds of presse... Read more...

New dresses for roller skating (1890)

The girl of the period: New dresses designed for her to go roller skating The girl of the period who is a convert to the physical doctrine realizes that after being in training, so to speak, all summer by ... Read more...

6 stunning Southern mansions

Mississippi Longwood Plantation in the springtime:   Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi:   North Carolina North Carolina Governor's Mansion:   South Carolina Kensington ... Read more...

Annie Oakley, expert shot (1899)

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.

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