Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

Snake Skeleton by John William Orr, c. 1856 via Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I

"Throughout the "war to end all wars," cats were a common sight in the trenches and aboard ships, where they hunted mice and rats. Beyond their "official" duties, they were also embraced as mascots and pets by the soldiers and sailors with whom they served." - Mark Strauss, io9

Black Cat, ca. 1920s via Reddit
The Middle School Dance, ca. 1950s via Reddit
Chief Petty Officer, U.S Navy ca. WWII via Reddit
Showgirl: Las Vegas, c. 1952 via Reddit
Map of Sydney, Australia c. 1927 via State Records NSW on Flickr Commons
Miss American Vampire: Palisades Park, New Jersey ca. 1970s via Imgur
Philadelphia, 1947 via Imgur

Houdini miniseries coming to the History channel this Labor Day. Stills via YouTube

Illustration via “The Woman with the Yellow Hair: a romance of good and bad society”, Published in London c. 1860 via the British Library on Flickr Commons
Be Steady: "Armorial families : a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour", Published c. 1905 via Internet Archive Book Images
"Price list of transfer ornaments and painters’ supplies.", published 1876 via Internet Archive Book Images

Aerial Photography From WWI Shows the Massive Scale of Devastation | Science | WIRED

Contortionist Act, Published November, 1905 via OpenImages, Public Domain