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Leona Dare Soared Above Nineteenth-Century Audiences With Her Jaws Of Steel

Leona Dare Soared Above Nineteenth-Century Audiences With Her Jaws Of Steel

Even by today’s demanding standards, Leona Dare would have been a YouTube sensation. She was strong, she was skilled, and Read More>...

Early Female Olympians Quashed Official Fears Of Boring And Unaesthetic Performances

Early Female Olympians Quashed Official Fears Of Boring And Unaesthetic Performances

The first modern International Olympics were held in Athens, Greece in 1896 with no female competitors allowed. Pierre de Coubertin, Read More>...

Uninvited Nineteenth-Century Mardi Gras Rebels Created Their Own Parades

Uninvited Nineteenth-Century Mardi Gras Rebels Created Their Own Parades

The Mystic Krewe of Comus held its first formal parade in the mid-1800s. The Krewe of Rex, Knights of Momus Read More>...

Nellie Bly And Elizabeth Bisland Raced Through Their Victorian New Year 1889

Nellie Bly And Elizabeth Bisland Raced Through Their Victorian New Year 1889

December 31, 1889—Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland had completed a little more than half their plotted courses around the world Read More>...

Victorian Santa Claus Kept Current With Travel Trends Of The Industrial Revolution

Victorian Santa Claus Kept Current With Travel Trends Of The Industrial Revolution

Skeptics have questioned the science of Christmas Eve deliveries since the Victorian Santa Claus became popular. They attempted to calculate Read More>...

Folies-Bergere Performances Often Shocked But Always Delighted Nineteenth-Century Audiences

Folies-Bergere Performances Often Shocked But Always Delighted Nineteenth-Century Audiences

November 30, 1886. Under new management, the Folies-Bergere music hall at 32 Rue Richer in the foothills of Montmartre premiered its Read More>...

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