american history

See a WWII combat helmet up close
See a real vintage WW2 helmet up close

The M1 helmet was a WW2 helmet used by the United States military in the 1940s, and the M1C helmet was designed especially for paratroopers. Take a look up-close, inside and out!

The Funeral of President Lincoln, New York, April 25th, 1865, Passing Union Square
What Abraham Lincoln’s funeral was like (1865)

Here’s a look back at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral and the entire funeral procession, where millions of people came out to see the President’s hearse pass by on the way from Washington DC to Chicago.

Who invented television A look back at the history of TV
Who invented television? A look back at the history of TV

Who invented television? Unfortunately for anyone looking for a quick answer, the first TV sets weren’t made by one single person — there were several inventors who were incredibly important to its creation and evolution. Here’s a look!

Civil War recruitment posters and broadsides
10 Civil War recruitment posters & broadsides (1861-1864)

By looking back at these old Civil War recruitment posters & broadsides, you can see what was being offered to men as an incentive to sign up to fight in the Civil War — and what exactly the leaders were looking for in troops back in the 1860s.

Antique 4th of July postcard c1900s
How Americans celebrated July 4th long ago

How was Independence Day celebrated in the past? It varied a lot over the decades, but early on, there was cannon fire, great communal feasts in the village green, and all kinds of noisemakers and thundering sounds.

Stories from WWII: A D-Day diary (1944)

On D-Day June 6, 1944, after the jump, my group of approximately 80 men met with Colonel Shanley’s group of about 120 men on the outskirts of the town of Picauville.

Birth of the sit-in movement, 10 years on (1970)

There’s no sign proclaiming the FW Woolworth lunch counter here as the birthplace, 10 years ago today, of the sit-in movement that brought a new way of community life to the dual service and segregated South of the 1960s.