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Gloria Swanson in her wedding dress for Her Love Story (Allan Dwan, 1924)

"In 1860, an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abe Lincoln. 'Dear Sir...if you let your whiskers grow...you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President...'" He wrote back, and soon stopped shaving. "On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her."

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards toasting their release from jail, 1967

Kiowa Girl, Indian Portrait by Edward Curtis.

Victory and Athena, terracotta, Greece. This large terracotta statuette presents an allegorical scene in which Athena embraces Victory. It probably came from Tanagra in the 4th century BC, or perhaps later, at the time of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC).

Carl Tanzler Elena Hoyos. Carl was a radiologist who met Elena in 1930 before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He became infatuated with the pretty young Cuban attempted to cure her. Alas, she died a year later. Proving that love has no bounds, Carl stole her corpse after her burial brought her to his home. He attached the rotting body together with wire, silk, wax plaster and kept her in his bed... for 7 years. Carl would administer his sweet loving via a strategically placed tube.

Peter the Great (1672-1725), Tsar of Russia, wanted to Westernize his nation. To do so, among other actions, he required the men of Russia to shave their beards in imitation of the highborn men of Western Europe. Or, alternatively, to pay a beard tax. Men who paid this tax were given a token as proof

The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. On July 24, 1915 the ship rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

Laura Bullion–1876–1961– In the 1890s, Laura Bullion was a member of Butch Cassidy’s gang the Wild Bunch and had a colorful career before and after

Laura Bullion–1876–1961–Female Outlaw

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Akhenaton Pharaoh of Egypt (1375-1358 BC) ---Barbara Higgins Bond-Artist .....Akhenaton built the finest city in the desert where he lived with his wife, Queen Nefertiti. They changed Egyptian culture so radically that their impact was felt for centuries.

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Charlestown 1865 immediately after Civil war bombardment

Hobo Nickels ... First carved in 1913, the heyday of hobo nickels was back in the 1930s, used as a way to pass the time during the Great Depression. Some of the original coins still exist today, while the practice itself has survived into modern times; ironically making some nickels worth hundreds of dollars.

38 Impressive "Hobo Nickels"

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The Marlboro State Psychiatric Hospital was opened in 1931 in Marlboro, New Jersey - 1979, 131 patients fell ill due to food poisoning, 4 of those patients died. One woman, who escaped unnoticed for 48 hours, froze to death nearby. One man was kept tied to his bed for 80 hours over the span of 5 days and died from blood clots due to the tight restraints. Over 940 patients died and were buried with their graves marked with numbers, not names.

Solar Boat This cedar boat is one of two found by the Great Pyramid at Giza, intact but dismantled. It took 12 years to reconstruct it. There is another one still in its original pit, and there were three additional pits on the other side that were empty. The king needed 2 to travel with the sun across the sky, 2 to travel through the night, and one to cross to the underworld

Three-year-old Eileen Dunne poses on her hospital bed for famed English photographer Cecil Beaton. Eileen was a victim of the German bombing of London 1940.