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"This stuffed specimen of the Troglodytes Gorilla...was killed near the Gaboon River, in Africa, in the Spring of 1862...The attitude in which he is placed is taken from Du Chaillu’s Book of Travels, representing the appearance of one that killed his hunter, whose gun missed fire when endeavoring to shoot the Gorilla. In his rage he killed the hunter with one blow upon his bowels, bent his gun with his hands, and bit thee gun barrel so hard as to leave marks of his teeth upon it."

"This stuffed specimen of the Troglodytes Gorilla...was killed near the Gaboon River, in Africa, in the Spring of 1862...The attitude in which he is placed is taken from Du Chaillu’s Book of Travels, representing the appearance of one that killed his hunter, whose gun missed fire when endeavoring to shoot the Gorilla. In his rage he killed the hunter with one blow upon his bowels, bent his gun with his hands, and bit thee gun barrel so hard as to leave marks of his teeth upon it."

"This photography shows Annie Londonderry. She became one of the most celebrated women of the 1890s. Her amazing trip was reportedly set in motion by a wager that required Annie not only to circle the earth by bicycle in 15 months, but also to earn 5,000 dollars en route as well. This was no mere test of a woman’s physical endurance and mental fortitude; it was a test of a woman’s ability to fend for herself in the world."

"This photography shows Annie Londonderry. She became one of the most celebrated women of the 1890s. Her amazing trip was reportedly set in motion by a wager that required Annie not only to circle the earth by bicycle in 15 months, but also to earn 5,000 dollars en route as well. This was no mere test of a woman’s physical endurance and mental fortitude; it was a test of a woman’s ability to fend for herself in the world."

"This tintype of a man wearing a derby walking across a bridge is dated Dec. 1888. The top edge of the card can be clearly seen under his chin."

"This tintype of a man wearing a derby walking across a bridge is dated Dec. 1888. The top edge of the card can be clearly seen under his chin."

"A schoolboy snowball fight  Cassells magazine 1871."

"A schoolboy snowball fight Cassells magazine 1871."

"Today in American history: October 21    Today was significant in the history of electricity in both 1879 and in 1892. In 1879 today, Thomas Edison tested his first practical electric incandescent light bulb, which lasted around fourteen hours before burning out.    Today in 1892, the opening ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition were held in Chicago, introducing the world to a fully and beautifully lit modern attraction. Westinghouse, armed with Nikola Tesla’s alternating current…

"Today in American history: October 21 Today was significant in the history of electricity in both 1879 and in 1892. In 1879 today, Thomas Edison tested his first practical electric incandescent light bulb, which lasted around fourteen hours before burning out. Today in 1892, the opening ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition were held in Chicago, introducing the world to a fully and beautifully lit modern attraction. Westinghouse, armed with Nikola Tesla’s alternating current…