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“Closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered w. six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain.” Missouri, 1944 (via LIFE)

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The woman who made your Wifi working.

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American actress. Max Reinhardt called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe” due to her “strikingly dark exotic looks”.

Mathematically talented, Lamarr came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day.

OMG I read a BUST article on this woman like a year ago. She was SO COOL. She was like, “Damnit, no one in the government will hire me to invent shit. FINE. I WILL MARRY FELLOW INVENTOR WITH GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS AND DO MY OWN RESEARCH. Oh shit. How am I going to pay for my own research? What can I do that doesn’t take up too much of my time and pays me lots of money? OH, I GUESS I’LL JUST BE A FAMOUS ACTRESS. IF I HAVE TO BE.”

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You SHOULD know this, because it is INCREDIBLY important and something that wasn’t acknowledged until very, VERY recently.

(I did a history project on this in Y9. We got to do something from the 20th century; everyone else did, like, Marilyn Monroe, and I read a translation of Moi, Pierre Seel, déporté homosexuel and then did my project on that. Cheerful, no, but important to know about, yes.)

In 1950, East Germany abolished Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, whereas West Germany kept them and even had them confirmed by its Constitutional Court.

Well, that’s horrifying.

Homosexual concentration camp prisoners were not acknowledged as victims of Nazi persecution.[7] Reparations and state pensions available to other groups were refused to gay men, who were still classified as criminals — the Nazi anti-gay law was not repealed until 1994, although both East and West Germany liberalized their criminallaws against adult homosexuality in the late 1960s.

“Gay Holocaust” survivors could be re-imprisoned for “repeat offences”, and were kept on the modern lists of “sex offenders”. Under the Allied Military Government of Germany, some homosexuals were forced to serve out their terms of imprisonment, regardless of the time spent in concentration camps. (X)

Also worth mentioning that homosexuals are still largely unacknowledged as victims of the Holocaust even within circles where they should know better.  For example, in the Holocaust Museum in DC and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, gay deaths are acknowledged only in passing and there is not a single picture of a “man of the pink triangle” - only of an empty ballroom that had once held a gay dance club.  When Yad Vashem was completely redone in 2005, gay groups pressed for inclusion alongside other non-Jewish groups such as the disabled, Roma, etc., and numerous senior-level officials and the Rabbinate condemned such requests for inclusion, with some going so far as to suggest that the homosexuals were German criminals and therefore did not belong in the same category as the Jews who had done nothing wrong.  When the memorial to gays in the Holocaust was unveiled in Berlin four years ago, senior members of Yad Vashem condemned it and, in particular, its proximity to the memorial for Jewish victims of the Shoah.

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Monongahela Incline, c. 1900. Carnegie Museum of Art. 

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: May 28, 1870

The Monongahela Incline, opened on May 28, 1870, was the first incline constructed in Pittsburgh. The incline, one of seventeen inclines in Pittsburgh at one time, climbs a 35 percent grade, one of the steepest incline planes in the world. Today, only two inclines remain in Pittsburgh. [Explore PA History


Frances Benjamin Johnston, Self Portrait (c. 1895)

“[Johnston] presents herself with beer mug in one hand, cigarette in the other, and skirt scandalously hiked up above the ankles. On one of her fingers are several rings from male suitors she had rejected.” (Martin W. Sandler, Against the Odds: Women  Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography)

Badass of the day: Frances Benjamin (muthafuckin’) Johnston.

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Wedding dress (manteau), ca 1759 the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum

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I feel like someone would mistake this dress for a dinner table

It is not actually a wedding dress at all, it was just the best halloween costume of all time.

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Hey, guys. This is the post that I promised to make about history, partly as a considered response to this, but as a note of warning: I am not a professional. I am a master’s student of the history of literature, film, and culture, that is true, but I am a long, long way from from being an academic. This is a personal essay; an essay about why I love history, because history shouldn’t be oppressive, even though it often has been. This post explicitly talks about almost all forms of historical oppression, so if that is something that triggers you, please don’t read this. Please let me know, too, if I have said something problematic, I am more than willing to admit that I, too, always have room to learn. (Lots of it, as it happens.) I am considering making a post as a sequel to this about people who do not like facing the realities of history, especially when represented in media, but, well. We’ll see. On with the show.

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From beneath the cut:

History, above all else, can give you this: you are not alone. You are not the first person who is intersex. You are not the first queer person to experience domestic violence from a partner. You are not the first woman to dream of being free. You are not the first woman of colour to question the inequality that makes up everything you do.

So I started straight up crying when I hit that quote.  I remember very clearly writing an essay about Sojourner Truth and how awesome she was in elementary school, and I remember being in high school, reading The Importance of Being Earnest and learning about Oscar Wilde.  There is such power in this feeling of connection, such delight in realizing you aren’t the first person who has had to deal with what you are dealing with, or who as felt the way you feel. 

The most formidable thing about history is it’s ability to end isolation, now, in the time of the internet, more than ever.  History isn’t written just by the victors anymore, and thank god for that.


Happy Birthday to the one and only Gertrude Stein, born on this day in 1874!

Along with her brother Leo, Gertrude Stein was among the first Americans to respond with enthusiasm to the artistic revolution in Europe in the early years of the twentieth century. The weekly salons she held in her Paris apartment became a magnet for European and American artists and writers alike, and her support of Matisse, Braque, Gris, and Picasso was evident in her many acquisitions of their work. 

Pictured here: Picasso’s Gertrude Stein, 1905-6

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Here’s an awesome little piece of history:

Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:

[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE. 

So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.


That is it.  If I ever loose an eye this is totally what I want.

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This is a moustache cup.
It was used in the Victorian times, if you has a particularly large moustache, you would rest the moustache on the little ledge bit inside the cup, and drink through the hole, to avoid getting your moustache wet. 

My family has a pair of these in our china cabinet, they belonged to my great grandma and grandpa.  There’s a gentleman’s one, which has a thick ledge, and a laddie’s cup with a thin ledge for my grandma’s lady mustache.  I’ll see if I can find them tomorrow and take a picture.

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ca. 1850-55, [portrait of a gentleman as the “wily Yankee”]
The “wily Yankee” was a popular 19th century stage character who  became the visual predecessor to “Uncle Sam.” Between acts, the wily  Yankee  remained on stage, whittled, and told parables. At times, he was  known to flirt with both the women and men in the audience as he  suggestively  carved a stick.
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection



ca. 1850-55, [portrait of a gentleman as the “wily Yankee”]

The “wily Yankee” was a popular 19th century stage character who became the visual predecessor to “Uncle Sam.” Between acts, the wily Yankee remained on stage, whittled, and told parables. At times, he was known to flirt with both the women and men in the audience as he suggestively carved a stick.

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection



Sure they’re known for their delicious cookies, but there is so much more to the Girl Scouts. The organization was launched in 1912 when founder Juliette Gordon Low, seen above with a parrot in 1925, gathered 18 girls for a meeting in Savannah, Georgia.  The Scouts would eventually become one of the biggest groups guiding U.S. youths, with more than 50 million alumnae today.

Pictured: Girl Scouts provide first aid for a boy injured in a bicycle accident in Georgia in 1920. By the end of the decade the organization was 200,000 strong.

So go ahead, indulge yourself on vintage photos of this American institution… In Praise of Girl Scouts

This photo collection could pretty much be called “Why Girl Scouts are Bad Asses.”


During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. 

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. 

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Adam Smith, the intellectual father of capitalism


The father of free-market capitalism speaks.

But this is just like the Bible, people. The Right will pick and choose the things they want to listen to and scrap the rest. “Love thy neighbor,” and “contribute to the public expense” are out the window in favor of things that suit them better.

Adam Smith was a communist.

Oh, wait.

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female student welding, date n.d

I think this blog is about to become a Vintage Ladies Welding Appreciation Blog.  Hot damn.

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