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Book cover

"Hotter than the Bloomin' Hobs of Hell"

Historically, iron foundries could fire the imagination or soothe the visual palate.

Train crossing bridge

Wishing You Were Here

Collection of vintage postcards leaves its stamp.

Dinner plates from a long-gone roadside eatery

What a Gas!

California museum has good roadside manner.

Mountain ivision equipment

G.I. Snow

Mountain division captured high ground in WW II.

Book cover of Tatooing the World

A Marked Man

For nineteenth-century sailor, tattoos both smoothed the way and caused alarm.

Anchor Lenila Wesson (right) in 2009, WTXL Channel 27, Talahassee, Fla.

Tony Brown: “Television’s Civil Rights Crusader”

Show served as time capsule of pioneering days of black journalists

Pakistani truck driver with rig painted with verses

Eclectic Verses

From Yemeni tribesmen to Pakistani truck drivers, poetry speaks to Muslim world.

Josef Stalin, 1949

“The Greatest Genius of Mankind”

Website on Gulag presents daily struggle for survival

Caricature of Gustav Mahler

To the Age Its Art . . .

Antisemitic critics poisoned the works of Gustav Mahler for fin-de-siècle Viennese audiences.

Mary Pickford posing with motion picture camera

Pickford Mania

The darling of the silent-film industry led the way on many cinematic innovations of the era.