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Feathered Victorian Hats Decimated Several Species

Feathered Victorian Hats Decimated Several Species

Feathered Victorian hats were gorgeous creations thanks to the millions of birds slaughtered in the name of fashion. Feathers had Read More>...

New Year 1900 Celebration Nearly Lost At Sea

New Year 1900 Celebration Nearly Lost At Sea

December 31, 1899. The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was mid-Pacific heading for Australia from Vancouver. As the story goes, the Read More>...

Ten Victorian Christmas Gifts Made The Most Wanted List

Ten Victorian Christmas Gifts Made The Most Wanted List

Once upon a time presents were exchanged on New Years. But an 1848 engraving of the Royal Family gathered around Read More>...

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>...

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