John Harvey Kellogg was arguably the most famous physician of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He introduced the concept of eating clean foods, exercise, and other healthful innovations. He was also the guy who invented cornflakes. And, in my opinion, he was a very bad man. The worst kind of bad, in fact: the…
The people of the Victorian era had a very specific fear: poison murder.
I’m covered in flop sweat, my hands are shaking, and an itchy flush in my cheeks hints that tears are just moments away. While the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is a mere 20 miles from the Providence Amtrak station, I’ve been lost for 30 minutes and it feels like a bad sign.
With the harnessing of electricity and the advent of the telegraph, the 19th century was a great time for advancements in communication. Not just between the living, but also between the living and the dead.
This Swiss toy from the 19th century is a wonderful piece of mechanics that still works like the first day, no programmed obsolescence here. When you open the box a cute little blue bird pops out and flaps his wings as if it was alive by magic spell.
Well whadya know? Published back in May 1874, the Manufacturer and Builder journal ran a story describing the toolkit of the then-cutting-edge burglar. Described are all the essentials. All you need are your standard lockpicks, skeleton keys, slingshots, anesthesia...