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Jules Chéret Chérettes Reflected New Female Freedoms

Jules Chéret Chérettes Reflected New Female Freedoms

Belle Époque graphic designer and illustrator Jules Chéret pioneered poster art in the mid- to late1800s when the need for Read More>...

Hollywood Cemetery Marigolds Enliven Day of the Dead Celebrations

Hollywood Cemetery Marigolds Enliven Day of the Dead Celebrations

Those who are remembered will never disappear. While the theme of Dia de los Muertos is death, this festival is Read More>...

Hawaiian Eruptions Inspired Volcano School Painters

Hawaiian Eruptions Inspired Volcano School Painters

The Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii erupted throughout the 1880s and 1890s. People had Read More>...

Female Velocipede Racers Proved Their Pedal Power

Female Velocipede Racers Proved Their Pedal Power

On September 16, 2018 Denise Mueller-Korenek reached 183.932 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats, smashing a 23-year-old world Read More>...

Con Artist George Parker Sold Brooklyn Bridge And Famous Monuments

Con Artist George Parker Sold Brooklyn Bridge And Famous Monuments

Between fake news, fake products and fake identities, our world has no shortage of con artists. Many use versions of Read More>...

Victorian Botanical Painter Marianne North Travelled The World Alone Seeking Rare Plants

Victorian Botanical Painter Marianne North Travelled The World Alone Seeking Rare Plants

At a time when proper ladies did not travel unescorted, Marianne North (1830 to 1890) circumnavigated the globe solo. She Read More>...

Coney Island Dreamland Offered Overheated New York Residents Amusing Summertime Escapes

Coney Island Dreamland Offered Overheated New York Residents Amusing Summertime Escapes

Located in the southernmost part of Brooklyn New York, Coney Island was once a sanctuary of lagoons and pristine beaches Read More>...

Shuttered Parisian Apartment Conceals Giovanni Boldini Portrait For More Than A Century

Shuttered Parisian Apartment Conceals Giovanni Boldini Portrait For More Than A Century

His swift strokes spring off the canvas with bold energy. Referring to his unique swirling style, Giovanni Boldini (1842 –1931) Read More>...

Delmonico’s Celebrates First Nineteenth Century Jane Croly Luncheon For Women Only

Delmonico’s Celebrates First Nineteenth Century Jane Croly Luncheon For Women Only

When journalist Jane Cunningham Croly was denied admission to the all male New York Press Club dinner honoring Charles Dickens, Read More>...

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