In 1854, a young British naturalist named Alfred Russell Wallace was traveling through the East Indies observing and collecting specimens to study natural history. Wallace collected nearly 126,000 different specimens (with over half being beetles). Many of the specimens...
While many people dread the beginning of winter, outdoor enthusiasts revel in the winter landscape. Skiing is a popular winter recreation activity for people around the world. But did you ever stop to think about when people begin incorporating...
It all began on Thanksgiving Eve in Portland, Oregon. A man in his mid-forties dressed in a freshly pressed white shirt and a dark suit approached the Northwest Orient Airlines flight counter. Identifying himself as 'Dan Cooper', the man...
In the early 1900s the New York Public Library opened their flagship 'Main Branch' in the heart of New York City. Shortly after, an initiative was launched to document the city's rapidly changing landscape. Thankfully over 50,000 breathtaking photographs were...
Everybody knows the tragic history of the "unsinkable" ship's collision with an iceberg, and most have seen the epic 1997 James Cameron film of the same moniker. However, few have seen these breathtaking real Titanic photos spanning from the ship's...
There are countless people throughout history who have changed the lives of millions, yet many of them are little-known or not known at all. While a myriad of inventors, painters, and celebrities are household names, there are plenty of...
The lost city of Atlantis is one of the oldest and most well-known mysteries of all time. As early as 360 B.C. the ancient philosopher Plato spoke of the lost civilization in several written dialogues. In these writings the...
"Running around like a chicken with its head cut off." We've all heard the phrase countless times. It is such a widely used idiom that the McGraw-Hill Dictionary includes a definition for it: 'to run around frantically and aimlessly;...
In some temples throughout the city of Kyoto there are ceilings made with wood stained by the blood of warriors. The blood dates back over 400 years to a historical event that took place after the end of the feudal age. In the...
John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States of America, serving in office from 1841-1845. While he may not be the most widely remembered or revered Presidents, he is the earliest one to still have living grandchildren. In...
At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to document the country in order to gain support for government programs. Several photographers were commissioned, resulting in over 180,000 photos. The catalogue has been maintained by the...