Rock Island Independents, 1919

“All Right” Dwight LeRoux played 9 seasons (1913 to 1922) for the Rock Island Independents beginning in 1913. At the time he retired after the 1922 campaign, many observers proclaimed that he was the finest single-wing tailback ever to play pro football. Read more

Benjamin Franklin Paper Money

In 1723, at age 17, Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia – the same year that Pennsylvania first issued its colonial paper money. Upon arrival, Franklin bore witness to a city in distress – an obvious lack of permanent residents, vacant houses, and anemic economic activity.

19 Must-See Vintage Photographs

Here are 19 must-see photographs from the past. Highlights include Hitler in shorts, a jackass wearing a gas mask, an astrochimp, a Confederate fighter pilot, and a monstrous bass! Read more

Ancient Peaceful History Swastika

In his pseudo autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf (My Struggle), Adolf Hitler explained the moment he chose the design of the Nazi flag. He wrote: “Meanwhile, I myself, after innumerable attempts, had put down a final form: a flag with a background of red, with a white circle, and in its center, a black swastika. And this then was kept. Read more

4-Patent-Medicines-Miracle-Elixirs

Suffering from pain, irritation, insomnia, fussiness, toothaches, dizziness, nervousness, headaches, numbness, palpitation, costiveness, diarrhea, dyspeptic symptoms, acidic fluids, food coming up especially at night, or just in a general state of morbid irritability of body and mind? Well, here’s a look at 4 miracle elixirs that guaranteed to cure-all! Read more

Shaving History Blog

Our fascination with body hair—and its removal— has been a part of the human condition since the dawn of time. The practice of removing hair from one’s body (i.e. shaving); and the tools to do it, have evolved with every culture on every continent. Such history provides collectors of shaving gear with a plethora of tools and accessories to amass. Read more

digging into uk us archaeological laws blog

While metal detecting farmland close to his home in Staffordshire, England, Terry Herbert, an unemployed metal detecting enthusiast, stumbled on the largest, most jaw-dropping discovery of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, anywhere in the world. Read more

Civil War Artillery Shell

As Hurricane Matthew battered the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, it dredged-up a few reminders of a previous and more violent affair. While walking the shoreline on Folly Beach Island, a local resident discovered 16 Civil War artillery shells that washed ashore in the wake of Matthew. News outlets reporting the story used words like “uncovered, discovered, unearthed, and revealed” in their headlines. Sadly, such words only told half the story. Read more

Baby Bottles

Having just welcomed my beautiful daughter into the world, I’m sitting in our hospital room amazed by all of the “baby tech” and how much more advanced it is from even 6 years ago when our first daughter was born. This got me thinking; how did mothers of long ago care for their newborns without all of this stuff? I was especially curious about feeding practices. My curiosity sparked an interesting odyssey into the evolution of breastfeeding, its substitutes, and baby bottles. Shall we begin? Read more

Lead Bale Seals

As a metal detectorist, I often find buttons, thimbles, scissors, and other items related to clothing accessories or production. And from time-to-time, out pops a lead seal. For research purposes, the discovery of lead bale seals can help uncover the lost connections between North American colonial settlements and textile manufacturing in Europe.