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Philadelphia, November "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait The first light-picture ever taken. this quarter-plate daguerreotype is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was believed (though not by all) to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

Anna Anderson In Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.

Rare to see such a funny expression in a picture from the 1800's.

Rare to see such a funny expression in a picture from the Cute. I think the reason old photos are so creepy is because no one had expressions. Expressions just make the photos more relatable.

Elizabeth Blackwell  graduated on January 23, 1849 to become the first female doctor in history. After being rejected by nineteen medical schools but was finally accepted by Geneva Medical College.

Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Physician

FIRST FEMALE DOCTOR Elizabeth Blackwell was rejected by medical schools but was finally accepted by Geneva Medical College in NY. She graduated on January 1849 to become the first female doctor in history.

4 year old Istvan Reiner right after arriving at Auschwitz in 1944. At first, the boy was registered, as you can see he was given the prison uniform. But an hour later, the SS came after him and took him and his grandmother to gas chamber..

4 year old Istvan Reiner right after arriving at Auschwitz in 1944. At first, the boy was registered, as you can see he was given the prison uniform. But an hour later, the SS came after him and took him and his grandmother to gas chamber..

William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, age nineteen,     c. 1865. Handsome.

William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, age nineteen, c. (Buffalo Bill Historical Center) Reminds me of Dad.we used to call him Wild Bill Cody since his name was Bill.

No Date: Dr. Mary Edwards was an American feminist who served and volunteered as the first woman surgeon in the U.S Army. During Civil War, she unwarily crossed enemy lines while helping wounded civilians and was held captive by confederate forces. Her selflessness made made her the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.

Mary Edwards Walker is the first and only woman in history to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Child workers in the industrial revolution.

Britain's child slaves: They started at lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. - Childhood and Child Labour in The British Industrial Revolution by Professor Jane Humphries

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone.  Bell would have been known to history simply as Alexander Bell, but he was highly jealous of his brothers’ middle names and asked for and received one for his 11th birthday. His interest in acoustics developed during his childhood through his experiences with his deaf mother, influencing his later work with the deaf and experimentation with sound.

Alexander Graham Bell inventor of the telephone. Bell would have been known to history simply as Alexander Bell, but he was highly jealous of his brothers’ middle names and asked for and received one for his birthday.

“Covered Wagon Women” is a fascinating non-fiction account of fourteen pioneer women traveling west in the 1840’s. The book was edited and compiled by historian Kenneth L. Holmes. It is a remarkabl...

“Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849,” by Kenneth L. Holmes

“Covered Wagon Women” Fascinating, first person narratives (letters, diaries) written by pioneer women heading west in the Read this book! The role of women pioneers has been ignored for too long by history and Hollyweird.

The Mad Hatter has a basis in real history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, mercury was used to treat felt used in the production of hats in England. Workers in hat factories were exposed to toxic levels of the heavy metal and often led to the onset of dementia.

“Mad as a hatter” - In and century England, mercury was used in making felt for hats. Workers in hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which eventually caused mercury poisoning in some, resulting in dementia.

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Original Picture of Pocahontas; This famous Sedgeford portrait of Pocahontas & her son, Thomas Rolfe .

Melungeons: melungeons are belived to be a tri-racial isolate, who are mixture of White Europeans, Indian Americans, and African slaves. They are located in Appalachia a region in the Eastern United States.

The Melungeons ) are a mixed-race people in America who live in the Appalachian mountains where Tennessee meets Virginia meets Kentucky. In the French traders said they looked like Moors.

Women Coal Miners, 1890

Women Coal Miners, just can't imagine having to do this.guess women back then were made of some strong stuff!

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