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.
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!
Here are more than a dozen colorfully-illustrated postcards published in honor of Memorial Day — known originally as Decoration Day. These antique cards are all from the early 1900s, and several feature the work of popular artist Ellen Clapsaddle.
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!
It's incredible to see how awesome -- in size, in design, in popularity -- old-fashioned indoor swimming pools could be. Here, take a look at 10 gorgeous pools from days gone by!
Have you ever wondered about Mother's Day -- like how it got started? In the early years of the 20th century, Anna Jarvis started a movement that spread throughout the world: the custom of observing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
After years of growth through various successful businesses, Detroit became a major transportation hub, and many Gilded Age mansions were built to the east and west of what is now downtown Detroit.
How did the Kentucky Derby get started? Now, the famous Louisville horse race is the first part of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, but when it started, people didn't know how important and iconic the Derby would eventually become. Here's a look back at its history.
Fifty years ago, a woman practically retired from the pleasures and active interests of life at about her fortieth birthday, and began to get ready to die.
Sandwiches are the chief reliance for any sort of cold lunches, and should be daintily made of the best ingredients. Whether for a picnic, work lunch or to serve at a luncheon at home, here are 40 sandwich recipes using fish and seafood.
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 dance music of the Edison Phonograph is irresistible. It offers the most fascinating waltzes and spirited two-steps of the world's, great composers as well as the popular dance music of the hour.
Here are six different ways to make authentic old-fashioned chocolate souffle desserts, based on recipes from more than 100 years ago!
Through these 75 gorgeous and artistic color covers of Theater magazine, take a peek back in time to the stage scene from the first decades of the twentieth century.
So pretty, such fun to do! One of the nicest Christmas customs we know is having both young and old make ornaments for the tree! These are paper -- so simple and imaginative, you'll want to pack them away ... Click to read more...
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.
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, etc. -- A sham battle Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept 23 -- The first... Click to read more...
To Lewis and Clark belongs the credit for the discovery and exploration of The Oregon Country. They were the first white men, and excepting the narrowly ranging tribes of Indians, to traverse the country.
Gus Wagner is considered one of the first tattoo professionals, and sharing space with him on the marquee was his tattooed wife, Maud, who was at least as much of an attraction,
What to do when your best girl says "yes" By RK Munkittrick There are many times in a man's life when he precipitates himself into a situation which suddenly brings him face to face with a crisis which, in ... Click to read more...
Thousands of men, women and children swept to sudden death. Millions of dollars worth of property destroyed. Heroic efforts to save human life. The world shocked by the appalling news. Such is the thrilling story of the Galveston flood.
Booker T Washington discusses race relations with author H G Wells H. G. Wells, continuing in "Harper's Weekly" his admirably just and penetrating studies of American conditions and tendencies, concerns hims... Click to read more...
A witness describes how water was blown over Galveston by the hurricane -- the wind blowing at the rate of eighty miles an hour straight from the gulf, and driving the sea water before it in great waves.
Hotel Green, Pasadena, California Marengo Avenue, Pasadena Marengo Avenue, Pasadena Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena Residence on Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena ... Click to read more...
On the inside of the pedestal of the statute of Liberty Enlightening the World has been placed a bronze memorial tablet bearing Emma Lazarus's name and the sonnet she wrote twenty years ago, dedicated to the statue.
Try one or more of these classic cordial recipes - featuring cherries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, oranges and peaches - and create yourself a rainbow of fruit flavor liqueurs the old-fashioned way!
Here's a selection of vintage postcards to celebrate Independence Day -- aka the 4th of July -- all dating back to the first two decades of the 20th century!
The Majestic is an attractive house at all times of the year, but it is additionally so in the summer, because of its beautiful roof garden.
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 sticks. Do you remember? by Helen T Bartschat Rolling ho... Click to read more...
A look back at some of the most magnificent resort hotels of yesteryear, and where -- and if -- they stand now.