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42 Historical Objects, No. 27: The Landsdowne Portrait.

This portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, has an illustrious history. When I went to do this article I thought it would be pretty straightforward; I … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Are we really greener? A reminiscence on Earth Day.

As I’m sure media (and social media) will tell you repeatedly, today is Earth Day. As my blog deals often with history, including environmental history, you might expect this blog … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moses’s great boondoggle: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part I].

Forty-nine years ago today, on April 21, 1965, the New York World’s Fair opened for its second season. (Tomorrow, April 22, is the anniversary of the opening of its first … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Adventures in the Archives: The Living Past

Originally posted on Nursing Clio:
The stereotype of historians isolated in archives with dusty papers and dim lighting has more than a grain of truth to it. Granted, my archive…

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hitler’s Laziness

Originally posted on The Bully Pulpit:
“Adolf Hitler – remarkably, in a man whose father was the son of an illegitimate housemaid – had grown up with the middle-class confidence…

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 26: Ludwick’s Revolutionary War-era bakery molds.

I love it when I can do entries in this series about everyday objects that have become historical by virtue of simply having survived. You wouldn’t expect to see cookie … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment
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