In 1947, a Month After the Black Dahlia, the “Lipstick Murder” Shocked L.A.

Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia

  It was 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1947. A sleepy Monday morning in West Los Angeles. H.C. Shelby, a 42-year-old bulldozer operator, was on his way to a job site, one of the endless housing tracts springing up in the postwar boom. Just off Grand View Boulevard, on an isolated, weedy stretch of land […]

A Brief History of Stalingrad

Kazan Cathedral

Volgograd formerly Tsaritsyn , 1589–1925, and Stalingrad, 1925–1961, is an important industrial city and the administrative centre of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It lies on the western bank of the Volga River. The Battle of Stalingrad in World War II was one of the largest and bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. Known as the […]

18 Vintage Photos of New York Disco Era in Bushwick 1970’s and 1980s

NYC in the late 1970s and early 80s could best be described using Charles Dickens’ phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Meryl Meisler’s photographs documented it with compassion and humor. As the city neared bankruptcy, crime rates rose, epidemics of arson and crack made the Big Apple seem […]

25 Photos of Freddie Mercury That Will Make You Love and Miss Him More

Freddie Mercury (1946–1991) was a British singer-songwriter and producer. As the frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury was one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era. We know his most famous photos and videos, which are mostly from concerts, video clips and special shoots. So here’s a collection of 25 photos that […]

A Cold Case Heats Up 50 Years Later: Who Murdered Sister Cathy?

  Sister Catherine Cesnik was a beloved teacher and friend. Her murder has haunted the city of Baltimore for almost 50 years and the investigation into her murder has baffled residents and police alike. Was her murder just the tip of a much larger and more sinister plot? Did the Catholic Church help hide a […]

If You Wore Bell Bottoms and Watched “Charlie’s Angels,” Chances Are You’ll Remember “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific” Shampoo

Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific was a popular shampoo in the 1970s and 1980s. Manufactured by the Andrew Jergens Company, the shampoo had a strong floral scent that softened after rinsing and remained in the user’s hair for some time. The product’s unusually long name was satirized on The Simpsons. In one episode, Patty Bouvier waxes […]

Vintage Photos Show How Women Straighten Their Hair With a Clothes Iron From the 1960s

Hair straighteners have become popular in the early 1960s and have been in use ever since. Some women used clothes irons to straighten their hair. This dangerous practice was abandoned after the 1960s although it can still be found in some countries. The sexual revolution was not the only backlash against the idealistic demands placed […]

The 15 Best Queen Songs

Freddie Mercury, the legendary, golden-voiced lead singer of Queen, passed away 25 years ago this month due to complications from AIDS. Before his death, though, he and his bandmates—Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor—became one of the biggest rock bands in the world. After starting as a prog rock band with fantastical influences, Queen […]