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Sandal made of yucca fibers, artifact of Franktown Cave in Colorado

University of Denver Archaeological Collections

Fashioned from yucca fibers, the sandal pictured here was probably worn over five thousand years ago and is one of the oldest artifacts found at Franktown Cave in southern Colorado.

Pittsburgh Railways streetcar 4398

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Low platforms helped passengers in getting on and off streetcars and resulted in decreased running times and fewer accidents.

The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters, 1939

Name-Dropping in Rhode Island

Familiarly known as the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island’s full official name includes “and Providence Plantations,” words the state legislature has resolved to drop.

Fast Track To Sainthood

St. Francis has gone in and out of style.

Confederate Cattle Call

There is pleasure to be had in looking to the past for examples of the familiar or near familiar. But one can also look to it for a good blast of the freaky, the strange, and the unrecognizable.

Exhibition Hall at Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Exhibition Hall at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, with its original systematic scheme of cherry-wood cabinets dating from the 1880s, provides a rare view of a Victorian scie

Sprechen Sie Texan?

It would be hard to imagine anyone more learned about the German spoken today in central Texas than Hans Boas.

Hey, Who You Callin' A Jacobin?

First of all, they are not even French. Second, they’re hardly household names.

Of Stevedores and Book Slingers

Mention the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and what comes to mind are workers heaving bales along a waterfront, operating straddle carriers shipside, or driving winches above break bulk c

MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

Perched in its launch aft of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama, the small, orange vessel in which Captain Richard Phillips spent five tense days last year as the hostage of Somali pirates, loo