Silent movies were not part of a primitive style of filmmaking, but an alternate form of storytelling - with artistic triumphs equivalent to or greater than those of the sound films that followed.
"How did he propose?" was asked in a series of nationally-syndicated newspaper columns during the early 1920s. Here's a selection of some of the best engagement stories - from the sweet and simple to the too-cute-for-words.
Early in the 20th century, there was an interesting development in American home life -- people started moving from the city out to the suburban districts and small towns. See some classic All-American suburban houses from that era here!
The United States is now old enough to afford ample material for those researching genealogy, and many people now engage the services of a genealogist for help in tracing family lineage.
These two classic strawberry shortcake recipes come from the early 20th century, when fresh strawberries were often saved for special desserts like these.
Raise your glass for some warm and wonderful classic hot chocolate recipes from across the years! Try cocoa mixtures with a variety of flavors and even some international flair.
The discovery of radium gave Madame Curie immediate worldwide fame, and changed the face of medicine. Here, she describes how this historic scientific discovery was really made.
Here are 10 great recipes old-fashioned waffles - including chocolate waffles, sour cream waffles, Southern waffles, coffee waffles, gingerbread waffles and more delicious variations.
See inside vintage train cars on the old Overland Limited Train, where every luxury possible in a hotel was found - including a barber shop, valet service, massage, maid, library, buffet, clubroom and a cafe dining car.
These gorgeous illustrations of fairies and other fanciful creatures were featured in magazine ads for Djer-Kiss (pronounced "dear kiss") -- a line of... 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.
If you're looking for a vintage-style dessert for a special occasion, check out more than a hundred different classic cake recipes to suit all tastes!
Booze-free beverages were all the rage after prohibition kicked in, so from a huge collection of suggestions published in 1919, we found these 30 fruity non-alcoholic drink recipes that would still work well today.
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 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.
Dancer Isadora Duncan was killed when her shawl was caught in the rear wheel of an automobile. Unaware, the chauffeur of the car which was being demonstrated to Miss Duncan started moving forward.
America's highest-paid film star in the 1930s was a Swedish-born woman we know as Greta Garbo. A legend during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Garbo was one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, as well as very successful in the early talking films.
Here's a look back at how a Boston-based company made Necco Wafers candy such a big hit that they'd stay on shelves for the next hundred years.
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!
The traditional pound cake recipe got its name from the measurements of some ingredients used in the recipe -- a pound of butter, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. More than a century ago, the recipe changed to something a little lighter, but no less delicious!
"Safety Last!" was one of the best-known movies of the silent film era -- not only because people found it hilarious, but also because of the iconic image of the Harold Lloyd, dangling off the edge of a building -- his grip on a clock hand the only thing keeping him from falling.
In 1927, dozens of people tried to break the coffee-drinking record. In just over a month, the cup count went from 71 to a San Francisco man who more than doubled that number.
Whether you're looking for basic sweet potato recipes or need some ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes, these 41 classic sweet potato recipes cover the gamut, from main dishes to desserts!
Some of the earliest reports of "alligator pears" come from the 1820s, typically in dispatches from Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and other Caribbean/Central ... Click to read more...
All of these sweet potato pie recipes come from the early part of the 20th century -- from 1915 until 1922 -- and should give you some ideas for ways to spice up a sweet potato pie of your own!
Here are 5 classic mincemeat recipes (used to make the holiday favorite, mince pie) -- as remembered from family cookbooks, and printed in the New York City newspaper in 1920.
For decades, cakes using plain mashed potatoes as a main ingredient were very popular -- probably in part because a mashed potato cake stayed moist longer than traditional all-flour cakes.
This old Colonial Southern fruitcake recipe is the real old-fashioned fruitcake prepared on all the Southern plantations for the holiday season before the war.
Now is the season when fruit is abundant, cheap and in the best condition for making jams, preserves and jellies. Preserves mean fruit that is cooked with sugar, equal weight, and left whole or nearly so.
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.
Origin of stained glass art The art of fitting together small pieces of glass into a pattern with a heavy lead binding about each piece is supposed... Click to read more...
Few families today are without automobiles, so the lack of a garage affects the resale value of any home. A garage not in good taste architecturally almost as seriously affects that value.
Handwriting has gone out of style because it gave way to something infinitely better. It was the old story. Hand work could not compete with machine work -- the pen could not compete with the typewriter.
'The homes illustrated are of the most modern design and have a permanent appeal.' See color views of 62 completed homes, floorplans, and the number of rooms and home size.
Lindy flight is boom to flying Intrepid pilot made financial backing available for aviation The development of aeronautics in America as a big b... Click to read more...
Campfire Marshmallow Fudge Cake (1925) 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups sugar 4 squares bitter chocolate, melted 2 eggs 2 cups cake flour 2 teaspoons... Click to read more...