Santa Speaks!

Listen to vintage recording of Santa Claus’ Voice! Tis the season for Christmas carols and familiar holiday favorites, but did you know Santa Claus recorded for Victor Records? Gilbert Girard, 1913. Jim Walsh Collection, Recorded Sound Section. Well, not really. Gilbert Girard was a talented performer who frequently recorded children’s records with popular recording artist Len Spencer.  He also […]

18 Vintage Christmas Photos from the 1940s and 1950s That Will Make You Feel Warm and Nostalgic

Whether it’s the tinseled trees, the heartfelt gifts, or just the general kind-hearted and simple spirit of the times, no era captured the true essence of Christmas quite like the 1940s and 1950s.     You might also like these vintage Norway Christmas postcards. (via Country Living)

Julekort: 21 Vintage Norwegian Christmas Postcards From the Early 20 Century

Did you know that the tradition of giving Christmas cards started with the Victorians? In fact, a lot of our modern day Christmas traditions started in the Victorian era. But in those days most of the Christmas cards were still homemade, just like most of the gifts were. The tradition of giving gifts goes back […]

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 […]