1890s

Jack, the diving dog (1896)

A diving dog Jack is only three years old, but he has a record of having dived from a height of more than seventy feet. Jack is a dog, and is a native son, having been born in Alameda. He was first the prop... Read more...

The care of kid gloves (1899)

The care of kid gloves Economy in small things is often overlooked, and if only more consideration were given to this subject, quite a considerable sum of money might be saved annually. The careless manne... Read more...

Yosemite’s Half Dome (1898)

While it's called "South Dome" in the images below, the same geological feature -- a granite dome -- is now called "Half Dome," and is one of Yosemite's best-known rock formation. Looking back even further, the... Read more...

A penny-farthing bicycle race (1890)

The coming Niagara Falls meet of the LAW The championship contests -- Nine of them will be ridden and records will probably drop a peg or two -- Hoyland Smith and others will be there Nowadays when one sees... Read more...

Peek inside school classrooms (1899)

Take a peek into the classrooms of the Victorian age! All these photographs featuring children of varying ages were taken in Washington DC during 1899. Learning the three Rs: Reading, writing and arithmetic ... Read more...

Dame Fashion’s wedding rules (1899)

Dame Fashion's wedding rules Prospective brides ought to be thankful Latest prescribed method of being married in style No more elaborate trousseaux to tire them to death -- other sensible provisions Un... Read more...

Idea for a baby bouncer (1896)

To keep a baby quiet John E Ring of Chatham, New York, has invented an apparatus to give babies plenty of air and exercise without making too much work for "mamma." The apparatus is simplicity itself and app... Read more...

How to host a garden party (1898)

Garden parties Outdoor functions popular in August -- how to manage them No entertainments are more popular in summer than "garden parties," and consequently they are generally given whenever facilities o... Read more...

The new parasols (1898)

The new parasols Dreams of beauty in lace, chiffon, fishnet, satin ribbon, and of every hue From the New York Sun Women don't miss it far when they say that this season's parasols are dreams of beaut... Read more...

Make your own X-rays at home (1896)

As you might imagine, the suggestion from the very early days of X-ray technology to try making your own at home was not the smartest advice. A modern medical study has shown that an X-ray machine from 1896 act... Read more...

The new motor bicycle (1896)

Motor bicycle One of the first patents granted for motor bicycles is the property of Charles H Barrows of Willamantic, Conn. Just what the machine will do can only be determined by experiment, but it seems t... Read more...

How 4 million women earn money (1899)

How 4,000,000 women earn their bread Four million women in the United States earn their own bread. They have invaded all occupations, and one-third of all persons engaged in professional services are women. ... Read more...

Strong drink is death (1899)

  Strong drink is death! Dr Charcot's tonic tablets are the only positively guaranteed remedy for the drink habit, nervousness and melancholy caused by strong drink. We guarantee four boxes to cur... Read more...

Evolution of the American flag

Below are four different designs from the history of the United States. There have been 27 different flag designs since 1776 -- all slight variants on the stars and stripes theme, retooled to reflect the curren... Read more...

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