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Old Photos: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photos

1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake struck the Northern California coast at 5:12am on Wednesday, April 18. With an estimated magnitude of 7.9 and the epicenter only a few miles from the heart of the city, the earthquake and ensuing fire devastated what was the largest west coast city in America at the time.

Intense shaking was felt as far north as Eureka, California and eastward into Nevada. …

April 29, 2018 / by / in
How the Kentucky Derby Got Started

Kentucky Derby History

Known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, the Kentucky Derby is an annual Grade 1 stakes horse race held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Considered by many to be the biggest horse event in the world, the race is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds and ran at a distance of one and a quarter miles. …

April 25, 2018 / by / in
Vintage Advertising: Old Advertising Signs on Buildings

Old Advertising Signs on Buildings

Old buildings in cities across America are filled with advertisements of the past. These faded-out old advertising signs are called ghost signs, ghost ads, dead signs or faded ads by historians, collectors and admirers. Once painstakingly painted or hung with pride on the sides of buildings as cheap advertisements, these flaking and fading signs now remind us of days gone by. …

April 20, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: Vintage Car Accident Photos

Old Car Accident Photos from the 1900s to 1940s – Vol 1

These old car accident photos show automobiles mangled, wrapped around trees, face down in ditches and more. Cars in the 1900s to 1940s didn’t have the modern safety conveniences like airbags or even seat belts in many cases. These photos depict the tragic side effect of early automobile accidents in American history….

April 14, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: Bars & Saloons

Historic Photos of Old Bars & Saloons from the Late 1800s to Early 1900s

Old bars, saloons, taverns, watering holes, taprooms, speakeasies, night clubs or whatever name they may have been called over the years… These establishments have delivered adult entertainment through alcohol and companionship for centuries. Early 20th century bars / saloons were sometimes fun, sometimes wild, sometimes dangerous, but almost always the top night-time attraction in town. …

April 10, 2018 / by / in
Vintage Advertising – Celebrities with Milk Mustaches

Old Ads – Got Milk? Vintage Advertising Campaigns

In the mid to late 1990s, the dairy industry set-out to surprise America via an advertising campaign with dozens of A-List celebrities sporting milk mustaches. The now vintage advertising campaign cost over $52 million and was intended to reverse declining milk sales by informing consumers of the health, nutrition and taste benefits of milk….

April 9, 2018 / by / in
Cool Old Photos – Vol 1

Cool Old Photos – Vol 1 – 15 Historic Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. These cool old photos go a long way towards telling the stories of historical figures and events from the past.  Taken long ago simply to document the present, they now help us understand the past.  Take a look at these 15 cool old photos and enjoy some history!…

April 8, 2018 / by / in
Old Photos: New York Historical Photos

New York Historical Photos – An Amazing Look at Pre-1900 New York City & Central Park

New York City is one of America’s oldest and largest cities. First settled along the Hudson River in 1624 by the Dutch, the colony of New Amsterdam was established on Manhattan Island two years later in 1626. In 1664, English settlers took control of the area and renamed it New York….

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How April Fools’ Day Got Started

The Meaning and Origin of April Fools’ Day

The origin of April Fools’ Day has stumped historians for centuries and to this day there is not a definitive answer.  In fact, an article written in 1708 for Britain’s Apollo Magazine asks the same question.

Quit Mucking With The Date

The prevailing idea involves the switch from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, but it is based entirely on conjecture and not evidence….

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