The counterfeit currencies issued in response to 1837’s coin shortage were worthless—or were they?
In the 17th century, Nathaniel Giles had the right to conscript young singers into the British royal children’s choir. He and a business partner went a step further.
In the late nineteenth century, bachelor Santa got married. Unsurprisingly, Mrs. Claus contributed uncompensated labor to the Claus household.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Through crazes of pigeon-fancying, these birds have been reshaped into a dizzying variety of forms.
Mothers used to documented their infant children's milestones—first steps, first smile—in specially made books. They're amazing historical documents.
Some claimed the battles were so fierce they could smell the gunpowder.
A recent New York Times quiz got us thinking about refrigerators, food, diet, and assumptions about class. Here are 11 stories on the subject.
A scholar finds that some ancient Egyptians who were literate wrote annoyed letters to friends.
In the era of Louis XV, it was fashionable to drench oneself in “animal scents.”