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Old Photos: Building the Hoover Dam

Building the Hoover Dam — 1931-1936

Construction of the Hoover Dam began in early 1931. The project took five years to complete and cost the lives of 112 men.

There were three valid bids submitted for construction of the dam. A joint venture consortium comprised of several organizations named Six Companies, Inc. submitted a bid of $48,890,955. …

June 6, 2018 / by / in
History Mysteries: Unsolved Murder of The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. — Unsolved Murder of Christopher Wallace

On March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California. He was hit four times according to the autopsy, three of them were not fatal…

June 4, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: Becoming Marilyn Monroe

Becoming Marilyn Monroe — The Rise of Norma Jeane Baker

The following is a story written by Michelle Morgan and Astrid Franse. It is promotion for a book, Before Marilyn: The Blue Book Modeling Years, that details how an innocent minded Norma Jean Baker (then Dougherty) first became a model / actress and then transformed into globally renowned sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe….

May 31, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: 10 Shocking Historical Photos Explained – Vol 2

Shocking Historical Photos Explained – Vol 2

The saying is that a picture is worth a 1,000 words; while that is certainly true, combining rare historical photos with their sometimes shocking descriptions can create an even more powerful narrative. The following 10 historical photos all depict different shocking moments in history spanning the last century or two. Each image comes with a short description behind the photo to better tell its story: some are sad, some amazing, and some are even scary….

May 28, 2018 / by / in
USS Indianapolis – Sinking and Tragic Aftermath

Tragedy and Horror of the USS Indianapolis

Late July 1945, the warship USS Indianapolis is on a secret mission to deliver components of the first atomic bomb to American B-29 bombers stationed on the Pacific Island of Tinian. After a successful delivery of the payload, the Indianapolis heads west towards Leyte Gulf to join the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) in preparation to invade Japan. Before reaching its new destination, the USS Indianapolis is attacked….

May 21, 2018 / by / in
Vintage Advertising: Old Coca-Cola Advertising

Vintage Coca-Cola Ads

From the very beginning, the Coca-Cola Company has believed in the power of advertising. This belief has propelled Coke to one of the most recognizable brands in the World. Fun, exciting, colorful, entertaining, and memory making are a few of the words and phrases that can be used when describing Coca-Cola advertising. Here we present a collection of 42 vintage Coca-Cola ads from 1886 to the 1950s. Enjoy!…

May 14, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: Old Car Accident Photos – Vol 2

Old Car Accident Photos from the 1900s to 1940s – Vol 2

Volume 2 of our Old car accidents photos series. These old car accidents show automobiles and trucks after the crash in their wrecked, mangled conditions. Cars in the 1900s to 1940s didn’t have the modern safety conveniences like airbags or even seat belts in many cases. These old car accident photos show the not-so-pretty side of automobiling in the early 1900s….

May 6, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston fire of 1872 began at 7:20pm on November 9, 1872. The fire broke out in the basement of a commercial warehouse at 83-87 Summer Street. The fire burned for approximately 12 hours before it was finally contained. During this time, it consumed approximately 65 acres (26 ha) of downtown Boston. 776 buildings and an extensive part of the financial district were destroyed, causing an estimated $73.5 million in damages. Thirteen people lost their lives in the inferno. …

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