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People paid 25 cents to see Dr. Martin Couney’s incubator babies.

In the early 1900s, amusement seekers flocked to Coney Island, N.Y., to ride the carousel and stuff themselves with hot dogs and cotton candy. They might meander through the sideshow area to see oddities like the lion-faced man, Zip the Pinhead, and the tattooed woman. 

Although not nearly as well-known as some composers, Florence Price was both brilliant and prolific, having composed over 300 works for piano, organ, strings, orchestra, and musical instruction.

Few people have heard of her. But Florence Beatrice Price came into the world an underdog and left it behind having proven her brilliance as a leading composer.

Fat cats and dogs are another example of the obesity epidemic.

There’s no doubt about it, we love our pets. In many homes, cats and dogs are an integral part of the family, receiving the same care and attention traditionally reserved for children. Whether it’s for pet daycare or luxury spa and grooming services, people spare no expense when it comes to their beloved animals.

a portrait of American Heiress and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post

The next time you pour yourself a bowl of Grape-Nuts, consider that in 1914 those crunchy bits of grain made 27-year-old Marjorie Merriweather Post the richest woman in the world. 

Betty Ford opened the Betty Ford Center in 1982. Since then, it has treated more than 100,000 people.

People say that being America’s first lady is among the most challenging and thankless jobs in government. They are wrong. In fact, the first lady receives no salary. She’s a volunteer. 

This meat was grown in a lab, rather than made by a live cow.

In the December 1931 issue of Strand magazine, Winston Churchill laid out his predictions for the future. He envisioned a world run by nuclear power and anticipated the development of wireless telephones and televisions. 

Unlike many painters who idealized their subjects, Caravaggio included real-world imperfections in his works. Note, for instance, the white insect egg sack on the grape leaf in Boy With a Basket of Fruit (circ. 1593).

If ever there were an artist who personified the fine line between madness and genius, it was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. In his short life of 38 years, he became as infamous as he was renowned.

Liszt was as famous in his day as he is in ours. He was photographed and painted numerous times. This photograph, circ., 1858, shows his dashing side.

Several words come to mind at the mention of pianist and composer Franz Liszt, including virtuoso, maestro, and genius. And unlike so many brilliant artists who went through life unappreciated, Liszt was as revered in his day as he is in ours.

In this "ghost image" a man reads while surrounded by three “spirits.”

On a warm Sunday morning in August of 1862, William Mumler found himself alone in a Boston, Mass., photo studio. A jewelry engraver by trade, Mumler knew very little about the emerging art of photography, but he was smitten with Hannah Green Stuart, owner of the studio, so he happily volunteered to organize her darkroom chemicals and check the focus of her massive camera.