Looking north from the top of the Water Tower, weeks after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago. Chicago History Museum



Crayola Crayons, 1903 by Binney & Smith: Inspired by her students who longed for color, Alice Binney and Harold Smith mixed small batches of hand-mixed pigments, paraffin, talc and other waxes. Paper labels were rolled by hand and pasted onto each crayon which were then hand packed into individual boxes and shipped in wooden crates. Eight Crayons sold for 5 cents: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet, black, and brown. 'Crayon' came from 'craie' (chalk ) and, oleaginous (oily). aoghs #Cr...

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Cathar Castles: The Cathars were Gnostic Christians. Their beliefs dated from the earliest Christian times but the Catholic Church regarded them as heretics. After a series of failed attempts to convert them, Pope Innocent III called a full scale massacre against them. The Cathars were exterminated - burned alive by the hundreds. Their castles fell into the hands of the victors, and the area was annexed to France. Carcassonne and Lastours (Cabaret) have the best claims to be real Cathar Cast...

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~Cost of Living in 1971~

How's That for Inflation?


‘The Mundaneum, an institution created in 1910 by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, aimed to gather together all the world’s knowledge. An Archive with more than 12 million index cards, some consider it a forerunner of the internet. Otlet dreamt that one day all the information he collected could be accessed by people from the comfort of their own homes.’

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Catherine de Valois. The mother of the Tudor dynasty. Wife of Henry V and Owen Tudor. With her second husband Owen Tudor she bore a son Edmund who married Margaret Beaufort who would then produce a new king for England King Henry VII. The first of the Tudors

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, "Gone With the Wind".

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Andy Griffith - What it Was, Was Football It was recorded in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Colonial label in 1953 and Griffith made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1954, in large part due to the popularity of the record. The record is a funny description of a college football game, as seen by a naive country preacher who attends the game by accident and is entirely puzzled by it.

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The Old Mill in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is in the opening scenes of Gone With the Wind.

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Beaufort, South Carolina. The Rhett House. (The Rhett Family was the richest family in the South. The Butler Family was the richest Northern family. And that is where Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind got his name.) The secessation of the Southern States from the Union documents were signed in the basement of this house.

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In 1674, skeletons of 2 children were discovered under the staircase leading to the chapel at the Tower of London. Believed to be the remains of the "Princes in the Tower", the skeletons were buried, on the orders of Charles II, in Westminster Abbey. In 1933, the grave was re-opened & the skeletons determined to be those of 2 young children, one aged 7 to 11 & the other 11 to 13. Therefore, the skeletons could belong to the missing Princes. If only the Queen would allow DNA examinations!

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Dana Stone, combat photographer during Vietnam War was captured on April 6, 1970 along with Sean Flynn, son of movie star Errol Flynn ! Their remains have never been found...

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Dorothy Kilgallen died under mysterious circumstances in 1965. She started reporting on UFOs in the 50's, was extremely critical of the US government, and interviewed Jack Ruby in private, claiming to be "about to blow the JFK case sky high."

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The very first Miss America, Margaret Gorman (1921)

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Now, this is scary! A bottle of Bayer's 'Heroin'. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine... It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.

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FDR's Secret Train Car & Platform: It's hidden beneath the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC & still there! (1938).

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~ The First Gerber Baby Model ~ Mary Jane Montoya

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Rudolf Velte, WW II POW Camp Pine was a World War II POW camp located east of the Des Plaines River in what is now the Cook County Forest Preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. Over 200 German soldiers captured in North Africa and Italy were interned at Camp Pine during the war until the camp closed in July 1946. Many inmates worked as farmhands on nearby farms earning approximately 80 cents a day. Rudolf Velte worked delivering flowers for the Pesche Nursery in Arlington Heights

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Poe submitted "The Gold-Bug" as an entry to a writing contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. His story won the grand prize and was published in three installments, beginning in June 1843. The prize also included one hundred dollars, likely the largest single sum Poe received for any of his works. "The Gold-Bug" was an instant success and was the most popular and most widely read of Poe's works during his lifetime. It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing.

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On February 23, 1896, the Tootsie Roll -- the first penny candy to be individually wrapped -- is introduced by Leo Hirshfield.

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The Mayflower Compact: was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the Separatists, fleeing religious persecution from James VI and I. They traveled aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

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The term ‘teenager’ was first coined in 1944 and Seventeen magazine printed its first issue, showing off young styles for teenage girls. Teenagers didn’t want to dress like their mothers, and adopted styles to set them apart from the older crowd. They were obsessed with crooner Frank Sinatra, hung out at soda fountains and danced all night to jazz and swing music.

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Henry Ford With His 1st Automobile C. 1903

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ClassicPics ‏@History_Pics The first crossword puzzle, created by Arthur Wynne, was published in the New York World exactly 100 years ago

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The first patented toothbrush was 1857, acquired by H.N. Wadsworth in the United States. What's interesting is that mass production of these toothbrushes didn't occur for another 28 years in 1885. I guess that is because tooth brushing never really caught on until the end of the WWII. It was part of a soldier's daily routine to clean their teeth, and this was something that they brought home with them. Here are some toothbrushes that were similar to North American toothbrushes at the time.

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