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Early Thrill Rides Dared Our Ancestors

Early thrill rides dared our adventurous ancestors to step to the front of the line for a hair-raising, white-knuckling scream-fest. If you’re picturing your grandmother’s great-grandmother gripping a bottle of smelling salts while she’s dragged onto a ride, think again. Early thrill rides took off in the mid-1800s

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Weird Science

Inventions and Discoveries of the Industrial Revolution defined today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Strange Times

Strange nineteenth-century customs, holidays and events echo in today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Fashion Forward

Victorian Age fashion pushed forward into greater freedom.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Secret Places

Advances in the Industrial Era spawned secret places, many of which you can still visit.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Trailblazers

Nellie Bly and other Victorian Era visionaries blazed trails to your future.

Krakatau Volcano Java by Marianne North, 1876. Image: The Public Catalogue Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Natural Wonders

Explore pets, plants and other 19th century natural wonders and people who protected them.

About Racing Nellie Bly

Rival journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland raced around the world in 1889. Facing treacherous…

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