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Long Island: Vacation paradise (1914)

Want to see for yourself just how much things have changed -- or not? Lucky modern-day citizens can view or download a free PDF version of the 1914 Long Island and Real Life brochure online here. For comparison... Read more...

Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer (1984)

Here's the original press release that a small California company called Apple released back in January 1984, announcing the launch of their new PC -- the first mass-market personal computer featuring both a graphical user interface and a mouse.

Thanks from Vice President Nixon (1961)

Somehow, I never knew about this letter my grandmother received from then-Vice President Richard Nixon until she was gone. Why was Tricky Dick corresponding with my kin the day before he left office? Apparently... Read more...

How to use your dial telephone (1957)

How to use your dial telephone When dialing Look in the directory for the correct number. Lift the receiver and listen for the "dial tone." The steady humming sound tells you the dial equipment is read... Read more...

WWI Honorable discharge notice (1918)

  Honorable discharge from the US Army To all whom it may concern: This is to certify that Percy Leland, Corporal, Inf Replacement Troops Unassigned -- National Army -- as a testimonial of honest and... Read more...

Lottery tickets from the 1820s

Here's a look at three early lottery tickets, including two that were earmarked to generate funds to build the Washington Canal... a project that never quite lived up to expectations. After just a few decades o... Read more...

New passport rules in force (1916)

New passport rules in force Regulations may end frauds that have been practiced Full details of journey, oath of allegiance, duplicate affidavit and three photographs are now required where one is going when ... Read more...

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