It’s common to evoke the notion of a simpler time, as evidenced by television programs like Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best, depicting white nuclear families cozy in freshly built suburbs. But really, those shows were an imaginary universe created by a very specific set of conditions—and not by widespread…
Before Barbie, who could become anything from a dedicated nurse to a Malibu socialite with the change of an outfit and a thousand accessories, there were the elegant and fragile “fashion dolls” bestowed upon wealthy little girls in the 1860s and 1870s.
For the last two years, archeologists and historians have been saying that a plan to build a 1.8-mile tunnel that goes underneath Stonehenge could have potentially disastrous effects on the surrounding areas and ruin efforts to uncover more evidence about the region’s ancestors. Today, it seems, they might have been…
Every Black Friday, the ugliness of capitalism is laid bare across the country with hours-long lines and throngs of customers trampling each other. But the usual rigamarole pales in comparison to the 1983 holiday season, when Americans went to war over Cabbage Patch Kids.
If you are curious for more details on the crime story of the century—at least for Old Hollywood/museum enthusiasts, anyway—The Ruby Slippers of Oz: Thirty Years Later, a classic text about the shoes, will be rereleased with information about the FBI’s recovery of the stolen memorabilia. But when does the…
In 1971, National Airlines introduced a new slogan: “Fly Me.”
Howard Hughes was among the most famous men of his era—and he would have been the first person to tell you that, as Karina Longworth makes clear in her enthralling new book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood.
If there is a succinct moral to be found in The Favourite, it might be this: Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer, and—while you’re at it—why not make sure they’re actually one and the same?
About a month ago, or maybe more, I went to The Cooper Union to meet the two curators of “We Dissent: Design of the Women’s Movement in New York.” The show, on view through December 2nd, was assembled by Stéphanie Jeanjean, an adjunct assistant professor of art history at the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,…
We think of Thanksgiving as one of the most wholesome secular holidays—if not the most wholesome—but if you were to ask turkeys how they feel, they might not be so kind in their assessment. And if you asked the turkeys depicted in these holiday greeting cards from the early 20th century, I’m sure they’d be happy to…
Sketchtasy’s narrator isn’t unreliable as much as she is inconsistent. Undependable. Frustrating, even. She’ll give you a timeline all broken up, hopping from corner to corner to center left chunk as she haphazardly pieces it all back together. She’s late, she’s early, and, when she’s on time, she’s almost too on…
Two Connecticut towns are apparently in a long-running feud about which is older—Windsor, or Wethersfield—and now archaeologists have uncovered juuuust enough evidence to get everybody worked up without totally resolving the question.
What does it take to identify a sculpture by Michelangelo? Pubes, distinctive toes, and eight-packs, apparently.
Congrats to the Texas Board of Education, which has reversed course on the spectacularly ridiculous decision to drop Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton from its history curriculum.
Did you know that Sotheby’s, as part of an auction that takes place tomorrow in Geneva, had some of Marie Antoinette’s remaining jewels on display in right here New York City, and that visitors could even touch them? I did not, and consequently, I’m going to be angry at myself forever.
Proposed changes to Texas curriculum standards impede instructors’ ability to teach “accurate history,” some teachers have said.
“Salsify,” a near-forgotten root vegetable once a staple of Victorian Britain, is making a return, thanks to the apparently bottomless appetite for “traditional foods and ingredients.” Truly Brexit is reaching dire new territory.
Looking for a little interior design inspiration? Well, apparently the ancient Gauls really did embalm the heads of their enemies and display them proudly. Something for once everyone’s finally tired of shiplap and mason jars???
Not only is America missing out on an election mascot, we don’t even have an amenity available to colonial Americans—great honking slices of cake that often contained booze. Fortunately, you could still remedy this with a little after-work stress baking!
The same week as Americans head to the polls for what’ll be at least in part essentially a referendum on how to treat children seeking asylum, Britain is commemorating the Kindertransport, a massive effort to get as many endangered children out of Nazi reach as possible.