This 1930s table phone is made of Bakelite plastic.

Many of us take it for granted today. We normally don’t give it a second thought, but you can find it in nearly all aspects of daily life.

Unfired ammunition from the USS Arizona.

The USS Arizona is more than a sunken wreck. It is a time capsule and a grave, left as she was when she went to the bottom of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, along with the bodies of some 1,000 sailors and marines. 

Movie posters for Psycho and Citizen Kane.

You may not know his name, and you probably haven’t seen his face. But if you’ve ever watched a movie or television show, or listened to an early radio program, you’ve almost certainly heard his music.

(L-R) Mary Matalin, who worked for both Bush presidents; James Carville, lead strategist for Bill Clinton’s campaigns; and Alex Castellanos, once a prominent Republican strategist.

On November 8, the nation will release a collective sigh of relief. Regardless of who wins or who loses, the long, ruthless slog of the 2016 campaign will be over. The robocalls, the daily emails, the postcards and the constant bickering on TV will suddenly stop.

Elaine LaLanne keeps her husband Jack's fitness legacy alive and well.

Before Tony Horton, Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda, there was Jack LaLanne. Known as the “Godfather of Fitness,” he started a revolution that has grown into a $22.4 billion a year industry. LaLanne’s accomplishments could fill volumes, but he is best known for his television fitness program—the longest running program of its kind (1953–1985).

A reconstruction of Robert Fulton's first submarine, the Nautilus.

Those familiar with the name Robert Fulton probably best know him as the man who created the first commercially viable steamboat to navigate America’s vast river system. Although this was arguably his crowning achievement, it represents only a fraction of the inventor who accomplished this and so much more.

Educating drivers about distracted driving is an ongoing process.

You’re out for a drive and the car in front of you slows down. It swerves, moving erratically from one side of the lane to the other. It could be a drunk driver. It could also be a distracted driver—someone who’s texting or searching a playlist or looking for an address stored on a mobile device. 

Throughout the early twentieth century, Jessie Willcox Smith’s illustrations appeared regularly on the covers of major magazines such as Good Housekeeping.

A quick Google search of the name “Jessie Willcox Smith” turns up loads of images: Mother’s Day cards, birthday cards, and thank-you cards, all bearing reprints of her original paintings. Most of them involve women and children playing, reading books, enjoying a loving embrace.

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) prepares to descend on the wreck of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.

When we hear about the National Park Service (NPS), a number of sites usually come to mind: Yellowstone National Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg. They are all places that you can visit on good old terra firma.