Speaking Pictures : Pledge Promotes

Sobriety is Next to Godliness

Teetotalers in the early British temperance movement signed temperance pledges like those in The Livesey Collection on JSTOR.
Dog rejecting a mug of beer

“Where There’s Drink, There’s Danger”

These early temperance movement lantern slides from The Livesey Collection want you to abstain from drinking alcohol. Happy New Year!
Father Christmas carrying a large Christmas pudding

Merry Christmas from the Wellcome Collection

Enjoy these historical Christmas images from the Wellcome Collection.
Collage of buttons

Message in a Button

A dive into the the University of Connecticut Pins and Button Collection gives a wearable history of progressive causes.
A Happy Christmastide

Share These Victorian Holiday Cards

It's all birds and flowers and kittens in these greeting cards. May they, as one of the cards says, keep winter from your heart.
Clown balloon in an early Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A History in Pictures

In 1927, the parade replaced live animals with helium balloons designed by puppeteer Tony Sarg.
Blue-headed Vireo Nesting

Bird Watcher

Herbert Keightley Job's work represents a major turn in the study of birds. Instead of shooting them, he photographed them, at least some of the time...
The Spiritualist gif

How to Summon Spirits

The Spiritualist, a newspaper published from 1869-1882, is filled with tales of supernatural phenomena and tips for communicating with the dead.
Jack Smith, an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Del Gainer, a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals

How to Play Baseball in the 1920s

Swing for the bleachers with these awesome lantern slides from the early years of professional baseball.
Art from underground publication

How Women Fought Misogyny in the Underground Press

Men dominated the underground papers of the 1960s. Feminist journalists like Robin Morgan and Sheila Ryan called them on their sexism.