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24 Pictures of Adorable Cats And Dogs From Meet The Breeds 2012

Each year, the American Kennel Club throws Meet the Breeds in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center. More than 200 breeds of cats and dogs are available for cuddling and photo ops (if you can get them to sit still!). We hit the floor to bring you adorable pictures and interesting factoids about 24 breeds. Abyssinian [...]

Old County Map Title Pages

In the 19th century, printers were proud of their craft and made everyday jobs into works of art. Consider county records, such as maps and deeds and such. They were bound into volumes of boring but useful historical data, and the typography printed on the cover was magnificent …at least compared to the computer-generated cover [...]

Evidence supports John the Baptist bones

Remains discovered in a 5th century monastary are thought to belong to John the Baptist himself. The bones were found embedded in an altar on the Svet…

Heaven And Hell Themed Nightclubs Of 1890s Paris

Late 19th century Paris was a swinging place, with nightclubs that promised to send your spirit straight to heaven, leave you lingering in a drunken limbo, or help you sin your way into the depths of hell. These clubs provided theatrical ambiance, astoundingly detailed architecture and a never ending array of alcoholic beverages, and they were [...]

The Unauthorized Biography of the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is a beloved springtime character, but look deeper and you’ll realize nobody gives away that much chocolate unless they’re hiding something. KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters /Landov He Can’t Even Cover the Whole World! Say what you will about Santa Claus, but at least he’s delivering presents the world over. The shiftless Easter Bunny outsources egg and candy [...]

Exotic Dancers, 1890s

These portraits of exotic dancers of the 19th century probably appeared scandalous at one time, but they are SFW. What is fascinating is that, outside of wearing corsets, these professional exotic dancers display the size and shape of average women who would never be offered a professional position in entertainment today. See the entire collection [...]

Grave Matters: The Body-Snatchers Unearthed

In 18th century England, changes in the way medical students were trained sparked a new business: body-snatching. Corpses were needed for educational dissections, and enterprising laborers knew where to get them. From what little records exist, we know that body-snatchers required some level of moonlight in order to conduct their work in cemeteries, although not all [...]

20th Century Styles, According To 1893

The illustrations in this gallery are from a Strand Magazine article from 1893 that was supposed to be a sneak peek of what fashion will look like in the 20th century. The writer even goes so far as to claim that he got these designs from a man who found a book dated 1993 that [...]

Mystery of Appalachia’s ‘Blue Family’ solved

The mystery surrounding a 19th century family whose inbred children had blue skin has been solved. Through a combination of recessive genes and inbree…

The Upside-Down Illustrations of Peter Newell

Peter Newell’s work was very popular at the end of the 19th century, appearing in children’s books like Topsys and Turvys, a collection of poems and images that can be viewed upside-down or right-side-up. Below are my favorites. His work also appeared often in Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. Take a [...]