Of the earliest pioneers in the invention of practical photograpic arts, the Meade Brothers hold a prominent role with its introduction in the United States. In the early days of photography, the process was known as daguerreotyping…

There exists very little documentation about the 1788 Barbadoes copper penny emissions. What does exist is scant, and from a diagnostic perspective, it is quite difficult to casually and easily attribute a specific variety when an example is encountered …

William A. Drown Parasols and Umbrellas

During the 19th century Philadelphia was the umbrella and parasol capital of the United States. Unlike the inexpensive contraptions we take for granted today, during the 19th century the manufacture of these devices required skilled labor capable of crafting intricate components …

Mata Hari Model Artists

In the 1850s entertainment ventures started opening in New York City that made tableaux vivants their primary bill. Tableaux vivants — the forerunner of burlesque — featured actors, mostly women, posing nude or semi-nude under the guise of replicating master artworks …

Finished in 1785, the Deanston Cotton Mill in Pirthshire, Scotland was built alongside the River Teith to harness the river’s power. Before modern automation, child labor laws and safety regulations, in its early years very young children worked at the factory …