Celebrate Woman’s History Month

Mrs. Ellen A. O'Grady Summary Photograph shows Ellen O'Grady, the first female police commissioner in New York

Mrs. Ellen A. O’Grady Summary Photograph shows Ellen O’Grady, the first female police commissioner in New York

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

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Rare Vintage Photos of Presidential Inaugurations

Inauguration of President U.S. Grant [March 4, 1869]

Rare presidential inaugurations photos starting with 1869 and the inauguration of U.S. president Grant.

Presidential Inaugurations
Presidential Inaugurations- Inauguration of President U.S. Grant [March 4, 1869]
Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol
Presidential Inaugurations – Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol 1877. March 4, 1877 fell on Sunday, so Hayes privately took oath of office on Saturday, March 3, in the White House Red Room to ensure peaceful transition of power; the public Inauguration was on Monday, March 5.
Presidential Inaugurations
President Garfield in reviewing stand, viewing inauguration ceremonies, March 4, 1881
Presidential Inaugurations
Presidential Inaugurations – Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering the oath  to Benjamin Harrison on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1889
President Taft is here photographed with Edward F. Stallwagon [i.e. Edward J. Stellwagen], Chief of the Inaugural Committee, and with Vice President James S. Sherman--A severe blizzard hindered the ceremonies
President Taft is here photographed with Edward F. Stallwagon Chief of the Inaugural Committee, and with Vice President James S. Sherman–A severe blizzard hindered the ceremonies. 1909
Chief Justice William H. Taft administering the oath of office to Calvin Coolidge on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1925
Presidential Inaugurations – Oath of office to Calvin Coolidge on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1925
Chief Justice William H. Taft administering the oath of office to Herbert Hoover on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1929
Presidential Inaugurations – Herbert Hoover on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1929

 

Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949
Presidential Inaugurations – Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949

 

Scary Clown Pictures Will Creep You Out

Titta Ruffo, half-length portrait, facing front, as a clown, 1913

These old, scary clown pictures from the turn of the century will creep you out! It’s hard to imagine any of these costumed entertainers showing up at a kid’s party without creating a bit of a stir!

Scary Clown Pictures
Pilar Morin, 1895
Scary Clown Pictures
Detroit, Michigan. A Venetian night party at the Detroit yacht club, whose members represent the wealthier class of manufacturers and their friends. Woman clown, 1940
Scary Clown Pictures
Clown at July 4th celebration in Salisbury, Maryland, 1940
Band and clowns at Labor Day celebration, Silverton, Colorado, 1940
Scary Clown Pictures
Clowns perform at Children’s Hospital, 1923
Titta Ruffo, half-length portrait, facing front, as a clown, 1913
Scary clown pictures like this one make you wonder what they were thinking! He looks like he has the measles! Titta Ruffo, half-length portrait, facing front, as a clown, 1913
Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, dressed as clown, holding back of chair, in “Pagliacci”, 1908
This guy certainly qualifies for scary clown pictures category. G.K. Fox? in full costume, full length, standing, with hands on hips, 1868
Pilar Morin, 1895
Pilar Morin as clown/mime
Pilar Morin, 1895
Pilar Morin as clown/mime
Pilar Morin, 1895

Maybe it’s time to look at something a little more beautiful like this silent movie star.

Bizarre Vintage Circus Posters Of Clowns And Strange Acts

Circus poster showing Louise Hilton perched on a white horse, about to leap over a scarf held by a clown and a ringmaster.

Vintage circus posters from the turn-of-century were colourful pieces of artwork one could easily hang on their wall today.

Circus poster showing Louise Hilton perched on a white horse, about to leap over a scarf held by a clown and a ringmaster, 1920 vintage circus posters.
The human canon ball
The human canon ball, 1879
Aerial balloon performance with tents and audience below, 1870
Five celebrated clowns attached to Sands, Nathans Co’s Circus, 1856
Circus poster for an equestrian performance showing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, 1892e
Circus poster showing the “Great Jumbo’s Skeleton” on a pedestal with several spectators; includes a cameo portrait of P.T. Barnum, 1888.
French circus poster shows two performers in the basket of an airship navigated by a rudder and a propeller. The basket bears the date 1884.
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Breath-taking Japanese slide for life. Circus poster showing a Japanese tight-rope walker descending a steeply angled wire, 1898
Cirque dʹhiver … Tous les soirs,à 8 heures / Stafford & Co., Nottingham.
French circus poster shows an aerialist floating with arms outstretched above a city skyline with a balloon in the background, 1880
The great Wallace shows An innovation in aerialism, the triple revolving trapeze of the sisters Vortex, 1899
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth The world’s largest, grandest, best amusement institution / / The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cinti & New York. Circus poster showing trapeze artists, 1896
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Scenes in the grand water circus, 1895
Gala puppet circus Clowns, cowboys, acrobats, animals, and novelty acts, 1936
Sells Floto circus M’lle Beeson, a marvelous high wire Venus, 1921
Al. G. Field Greater Minstrels oldest 23rd year, best, 1908
The ballooon girl a comedy drama of circus life by Robert J. Sherman : not a moving picture., 1900
The ballooon girl a comedy drama of circus life by Robert J. Sherman : not a moving picture, 1900
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth. The marvelous foot-ball dogs / Strobridge Litho. Co., Cincinnati & New York, 1900
Circus Peacock 1895
Sells Brothers enormous united shows. … The wonderful Snow White … zebu and riding peacock, 1895 vintage circus posters.
Poster showing the clown Crandall performing with his mule, and small portraits of Crandall and of the Ringling brothers, 1899
Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers great shows consolidated A congress of the giant birds of the world, 1898 vintage circus posters.
The great Wallace shows: colossal 3 ring circus, 2 elevated stages. Poster shows Robert Stickney, Jr. performing a back flip on a galloping horse as a clown watches. Also shown on poster are portraits of Stickney and circus owner B.E. Wallace, 1898
5 Circus Clowns, 1890
5 Circus Clowns, 1890 vintage circus posters

Old Photos of Elevated Trains in New York City

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

These old photos of elevated trains in New York City show how vital there were and are to a densely populated city where it wasn’t practical to have a lot of automobiles.

The earliest elevated railway was the London and Greenwich Railway on a brick viaduct of 878 arches, built between 1836 and 1838. The first 2.5 miles  of the London and Blackwall Railway (1840) was also on a viaduct. During the 1840s there were other schemes for elevated railways in London which did not come to fruition.

From the late 1860s elevated railways became popular in US cities. The New York West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway operated with cable cars from 1868 to 1870, thereafter locomotive-hauled. This was followed by the Manhattan Railway in 1875, the South Side Elevated Railroad, Chicago (1892–), and the elevated lines of the Boston Elevated Railway (1901–). The Chicago transit system itself is known as “L”, short for “elevated”. In Europe the Berlin Stadtbahn (1882) and the Vienna Stadtbahn (1898) were also mainly elevated systems.

The first electric elevated railway was the Liverpool Overhead Railway, which operated through Liverpool docks from 1893 until 1956.

In London, the Docklands Light Railway is a modern elevated railway that opened in 1987 and, since, has expanded. The trains are driverless and automatic. Another modern elevated railway is Tokyo’s driverless Yurikamome line, opened in 1995.

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

The Elevated, New York, 1900
The Elevated, New York, 1900
Photograph shows the express tracks of the Ninth Avenue El (elevated railroad) in New York City. The Silas Herring Building at 669 Hudson Street at 14th Street is in background at right. The new configuration for express trains was done as part of a system upgrade from 1914-1915.
Photograph shows the express tracks of the Ninth Avenue El (elevated railroad) in New York City. The Silas Herring Building at 669 Hudson Street at 14th Street is in background at right. The new configuration for express trains was done as part of a system upgrade from 1914-1915.
View looking under elevated railroad, Greenwich Street, New York., 1934
View looking under elevated railroad, Greenwich Street, New York., 1934
[New York City: Morningside Park & Cathedral Heights - showing elevated railroad. Cathedral constr. in background, 1902
[New York City: Morningside Park & Cathedral Heights – showing elevated railroad. Cathedral constr. in background, 1902
Herald Square elevated railroad and Sixth Avenue near 34th Street, New York, N.Y., 1910
Herald Square elevated railroad and Sixth Avenue near 34th Street, New York, N.Y., 1910
Thirty-Fourth St. & Sixth Ave. S.E. corner, 1910
Thirty-Fourth St. & Sixth Ave. S.E. corner, 1910
Elevated railroad station, Chatham Square, New York City, 1880
Elevated railroad station, Chatham Square, New York City, 1880
Elevated railroads in New York City: in the Bowery, 1896
Elevated railroads in New York City: in the Bowery, 1896
Elevated railroad at 110th St., N.Y., 1904
Elevated railroad at 110th St., N.Y., 1904
Elevated railroad in New York City, possibly 110th St., 1896
Elevated railroad in New York City, possibly 110th St., 1896

17 Fascinating Vintage Pictures of Brooklyn Bridge

Vintage Photo Brooklyn Bridge 1903

These rare vintage pictures of Brooklyn Bridge show it being built and it’s final stage.  For it’s time it was a feat of engineering marvel and because of it’s complexity almost never reached completion.The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. Started in 1869 and completed fourteen years later in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, a name coming from an earlier January 25, 1867, letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since opening, it has become an icon of New York City and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.

Brooklyn Bridge and East River, April 1909.
Three New York-Brooklyn Bridges from Brooklyn, February 22, 1908.
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Vintage Photo Brooklyn Bridge
Types of Life on the Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, N.Y., 1903.

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Vintage Photo Brooklyn Bridge

Check out these old photos of elevated trains in New York City.

Bowling alleys

Girl bowling. Clinton, Indiana, 1940
1:00 A.M. Pin boys working in Subway Bowling Alleys, 65 South St., B’klyn, N.Y. every night. 3 smaller boys were kept out of the photo by Boss. Location: New York–Brooklyn, New York (State). Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer, 1910 April

 

Two of the “pin boys” working in Bowling Academy with 3 other small boys until 10 or 11 P.M. some nights. Burlington,. Location: Burlington, Vermont, 1910

 

Blue Island, Illinois. Daniel Senise getting ready to go to a bowling tournament, 1943
Female students exercising with bowling pins, Western High School, Washington, D.C., 1899

 

Two young women at blackboard, one holding bowling ball and the other writing score, 1902

 

Singer midgets bowling at Y.M.C.A., 1924
Daisy Clark, 1910

 

Bowling alley in Editors (Kiplinger) Building I, 1920

 

New York, New York. Broadway bowling alley, 1942

 

Bowling alley on southside of Chicago, Illinois, 1941

 

Bainbridge Naval Training Station. Ship’s service bowling, 1943

 

Bowling alleys, Paul Smith’s casino, Adirondack Mountains, 1900

 

Convention Hall, bowling alleys, 1910

 

Girl bowling. Clinton, Indiana, 1940

 

American Bowling Congress, Bowling Tournament, Milwaukee, Wis., 1905
Bowling, 1924
American Bowling Congress, Milwaukee, Wis., 1905
Photo of boys working in Arcade Bowling Alley, Trenton, N.J. Photo taken late at night. The boys work until midnight and later. I found practically no small boys selling late in the evening and several persons said it was not done except in baseball season. Location: Trenton, New Jersey / Photo by Lewis W. Hine., Dec. 20, 1909
Photo of boys working in Arcade Bowling Alley. Trenton, N.J. Photo taken late at night. The boys work until midnight and later. Dec. 20, 1909.

 

Pin-boys in a Pittsburgh Bowling Alley. They work until late at night. Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1909

 


Pin-boys in a Pittsburgh Bowling Alley. They work until late at night. Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1908

 

Olentangy Park bowling alleys, Columbus, Ohio, 1895

10 Rare Old Photos of New York’s Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmark building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high.

Flatiron Building, 1903, one year after it was built.
New York, N.Y., Flatiron Bldg. from Madison Square Park, 1902
New York, N.Y., Flatiron Bldg. from Madison Square Park, 1902
Looking down on the Flatiron Building from Metropolitan Tower Summary Stereograph showing an elevated view looking down on the Flatiron Building in New York City and the activity on the streets below. 1915
Looking down on the Flatiron Building from Metropolitan Tower
Stereograph showing an elevated view looking down on the Flatiron Building in New York City and the activity on the streets below. 1915
Flatiron Building, New York, N.Y., 1902
Flatiron Building, New York, N.Y., 1902
[Flatiron building under construction, New York City
Flatiron building under construction, New York City, 1902
Flatiron building under construction, New York City, 1902
Flatiron building under construction, New York City, 1902
Flatiron Building, New York City, 1980
Flatiron Building and view of Fifth Avenue, 1909
View of the Flatiron Building, showing pedestrians, carriages, trolley and mounted policeman on street., 1905
View of the Flatiron Building, showing pedestrians, carriages, trolley and mounted policeman on street., 1905
View of the Flatiron building showing pedestrians and vehicular traffic on streets., 1910
View of the Flatiron building showing pedestrians and vehicular traffic on streets., 1910

 

 

 

10 Fascinating Photos of Chinatown, New York in 1900s

Chinaman mailing New Year's card, 1900

These photographs offer a rare look into New York City’s Chinatown from over 100 years ago!  A lot of hustle and bustle!

Chinatown, New York City, 1910
Chinaman mailing New Year’s card, 1900
New Years feast, Chinatown 2/18/12
New Years Greeting, Chinatown 1912

Chinatown, New York City – Chinese New Year, 1909
15 Pell St. Chinatown, New York, 1900
Photograph shows a street in Chinatown, possibly in New York City, with pedestrians and automobiles, 1915.
Street scene, Chinatown, New York City in 1913.
Chinatown
Photograph shows street scene in front of Cafe Mandarin, 11-13 Doyers Street, Chinatown, New York City. Sign at upper right is for the Morning Star Mission, 17 Doyers Street. Sign at lower right is for the Rescue Society Midnight Mission