Instagram didn't invent photos of culinary masterpieces designed to inflame the appetite. Cookbooks have been at it for centuries.
The pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton once told an ethnomusicologist that real jazz tunes needed "tinges of Spanish."
The complicated notion of glamour in classic Hollywood, suggesting that stars were aloof and unknowable, was also a means to sell products.
Songs weren't always labeled for explicit lyrics. The history of how it all came about includes some unlikely bedfellows.
Mental hygiene films of the postwar era gave advice to American teens—and parroted specific cultural values.
If the pandemic has you wishing for yesteryear, watching 12 Monkeys—and the time travel art film that inspired it—is just the thing.
“Little Sure Shot” was famous for her precision, athleticism, and trademark femininity.
Underrepresented in the country's newsrooms, Black journalists found an outlet on public affairs shows like Black Journal.
Linda Martell made the switch from R&B to country music in the late 1960s. Her star then shined on country's biggest stage.
By making what may have been unseen visible, trading cards have often provided an opening into larger conversations on race, gender, and representation.