Although once charged with the incredibly unglamorous task of eliminating sewage from London, the Crossness Pumping Station boasts a stunningly ornate interior.
Christmas card imagery today ranges from the classic depictions of elves and reindeer to the more comical and topical, but every picture is assuredly holiday-themed: you wouldn’t be able to unironically give someone a Christmas card on their birthday.
In the 1800s, long before swiping right, there were escort cards: paper cards that men presented to women as an indication of their interest.
Clubs for ugly people, ear trumpets designed for mourners, mesmerism as a cure — disability in the 19th century reflected all of the Victorian era’s oddities and societal changes. Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts is a digital research archive of text and images on this more overlooked aspect of history.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Jobs knew this well: there’s something magical about technology. Turn on a phone or a computer, and you can access not just information but people and communities with a few clicks and taps.