Have you noticed the hot fashion trends this summer? High-waisted denim short shorts, crop tops, and striped dresses are all over the place.
During the summer of 1872, however, things were a lot more, well, buttoned-up.
Chic young women decked themselves out in beautifully embroidered dresses with big bustles and full skirts (no underbutt here!), as well as elaborate hats decorated with ribbons and bows.
This vintage Millard and Bulsterbaum banner for "Voltess, The Girl Who Defies Electricity" was painted for Sam Wagner's World Circus Sideshow in Coney Island. Variously known as Electra, Electricia and Voltara, the act features a girl who is said to be able to withstand high voltage and shoot sparks from her fingertips due to having been struck by lightning. The banner, which measures approximately eight by five, is offered for sale by…
Back in the early 1900s, the Shell View Syndicate sold seashells by Brooklyn's fabled seashore. These scallop shells with accordion folded booklets of miniature photos tucked inside are one of the most charming souvenirs of Coney Island that we’ve come across. Tied together with red ribbon and measuring just 1-5/8 x 1 x 7/8, the seashells are in the collection of the…
So apparently, there is going to be a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ movie, which is great if you haven’t had enough of recycled 80s retro-ness yet. Luckily for me, I had already started writing this essay when this news come out. I started writing this because I found three ‘Choose Your Own Adventure' books in a thrift store for 25 cents each.
New York City's vast transit system is in a constant state of flux, expanding to fill the needs of underserved areas and simultaneously contracting due to budget cuts or obsolescence. Abandoned subway stations across the city remind us of how transit has changed over the years.
On March 24, 1900, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) broke ground in a ceremony at the front steps of City Hall for the construction of a subway system.
Today is the birthday of Anita Berber (1899-1928), the epitome of decadent Berlin cabaret during the Weimar years. Berger began dancing in cabarets in 1916, and appearing in films two years later. She scandalized the public by dancing and modelling nude, being openly bi-sexual (one of her lovers was alleged to have been Marlene Deitrich), engaging in S & M, and imbibing cocaine, opium, morphine, heroin and her own personal cocktail of cholorform, ether and flower petals mixed in a bowl and inhaled.