Mostly a collection of rare and fascinating historical pictures, posted daily, but also some other gems for history enthusiasts.

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Rare and Fascinating Photos #35 — Salvador Dalí walking his pet anteater in Paris; 1969.

Rare and Fascinating Photos #35 — Salvador Dalí walking his pet anteater in Paris; 1969.

Rare and Fascinating Photos #34 — Members of the audience react to the famous shower scene in Psycho during the film’s premiere in New York City; 1960.

Rare and Fascinating Photos #34 — Members of the audience react to the famous shower scene in Psycho during the film’s premiere in New York City; 1960.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #33 — New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square; December 31, 1937.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #33 — New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square; December 31, 1937.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #32 — A colorization of a cab stand in Madison Square Park, New York; c. 1900. 
Credit: Sanna Dullaway.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #32 — A colorization of a cab stand in Madison Square Park, New York; c. 1900. 

Credit: Sanna Dullaway.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #31 — One of the earliest known photographs of Abraham Lincoln; early 1840s.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #31 — One of the earliest known photographs of Abraham Lincoln; early 1840s.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #30 — A teary-eyed Neil Armstrong, just after walking on the moon; 1969. 
Photographed by the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #30 — A teary-eyed Neil Armstrong, just after walking on the moon; 1969. 

Photographed by the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #29 — Two women in Chicago being arrested for wearing indecent swimwear; 1922.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #29 — Two women in Chicago being arrested for wearing indecent swimwear; 1922.

History Fact of the Day:
The origins of the word “guy.”
Every 5th of November, the English celebrate “Guy Fawkes Night,” which is named after the infamous member of the “Gunpowder Plot” conspiracy of 1605 (which plays a major part in the graphic novel/film “V for Vendetta”).
The object of the conspiracy was to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I. The conspirators wanted to kill the Protestant king and reestablish a Catholic monarchy.
On the morning of November 5, 1605, the plan was leaked, Guy Fawkes was caught, and the plot was thwarted. Every November 5th thereafter, the English developed the tradition of burning effigies of “Guy” and celebrating the failure of the plot.
By the 1800s, people started using the word “guy” to refer to anyone who dressed in a strange or sloppy fashion (probably because it reminded them of the effigy, which was crude in appearance). 
Eventually, the negative associations gradually slipped away, and “guy” became the informal form of address that we have today.

History Fact of the Day:

The origins of the word “guy.”

Every 5th of November, the English celebrate “Guy Fawkes Night,” which is named after the infamous member of the “Gunpowder Plot” conspiracy of 1605 (which plays a major part in the graphic novel/film “V for Vendetta”).

The object of the conspiracy was to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I. The conspirators wanted to kill the Protestant king and reestablish a Catholic monarchy.

On the morning of November 5, 1605, the plan was leaked, Guy Fawkes was caught, and the plot was thwarted. Every November 5th thereafter, the English developed the tradition of burning effigies of “Guy” and celebrating the failure of the plot.

By the 1800s, people started using the word “guy” to refer to anyone who dressed in a strange or sloppy fashion (probably because it reminded them of the effigy, which was crude in appearance). 

Eventually, the negative associations gradually slipped away, and “guy” became the informal form of address that we have today.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #28 — “The Baby Cage.” In 1922, an American inventor patented this contraption to hold young children out of apartment windows so that they would get enough sunlight and fresh air. 
This particular photograph was taken in London, ca. 1937.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #28 — “The Baby Cage.” In 1922, an American inventor patented this contraption to hold young children out of apartment windows so that they would get enough sunlight and fresh air. 

This particular photograph was taken in London, ca. 1937.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #27 — Italy’s National Fascist Party Headquarters during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini; Rome, 1930s.

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos #27 — Italy’s National Fascist Party Headquarters during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini; Rome, 1930s.