Category: History

500,000 people gather at Moscow’s Manezh Park to demand the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev and his communist party in the spring of 1991

Sometimes an historical photo can capture a place and time better than any amount of words. This is one of those times. These people got together and effected change.

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll being made

Watching this man carving these dolls and painting them by hand is practically a Zen-like experience in itself. The dolls are originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and […]

New York Transit Museum Photos

Took a trip with the family this weekend to the New York Transit Museum. It’s pretty cool to see all of the old trains that they’ve used throughout the history of NYC. They also have […]

Our 4th of July Celebration of the United States with 74 breathtaking color photographs of Americans

This is the second installment of our celebration of an American history not so far removed as some of us may like to believe. These beautiful photographs bring to life the joy and pain, the […]

Amazing photographs of historical scenes in color

We see so much of our history through photographs, mostly black and white, that are easy to distance ourselves from. Almost as if they’re not a part of reality. Seeing these photos in color brings […]

Happy Brooklyn-Queens Day

Having not grown up in Brooklyn and having a daughter who just this year started kindergarten I was unfamiliar with Brooklyn-Queens day. As in I had never even heard of it before. However if you […]

Ku Klux Klan billboard welcoming people to North Carolina in the 70s

It’s jarring when you realize that billboards like this dotted the countryside fewer than 50 years ago. Reddit user security-guy took this photo in 1973. Sadly times haven’t changed much. The Ku Klux Klan “adopted” […]

Newly discovered photograph of Abraham Lincoln minutes before delivering Gettysburg Address

It took a few minutes for the ghostly image to actually come into focus for me but when it did I too became convinced that Christopher Oakley has uncovered a new, rare photo of Abraham […]

Tonight and tomorrow Twitter will reenact Quantrill’s Raid, an early Civil War battle

150 years ago tonight events took place that would lead up to one of the most famous battles of the Civil War, Quantrill’s Raid, also known as the Lawrence Massacre. Perpetrated by a group of […]

128 year old recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice

The Smithsonian has released this 128 year old recording of Bell that was recorded on a wax and cardboard disc by the man himself more than a century ago. It’s pretty muffled and not easy […]