The Surprising History of Americans Sharing Books

A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.
A soccer ball in a field.

Field of Dreams

Migrant futboleros in greater Mexico.
Cover of Collier's on August 5, 1950.

New York City, the Perfect Setting for a Fictional Cold War Strike

On Collier’s 1950 cover story, “Hiroshima, USA: Can Anything Be Done About It?”
Singer Bob Dylan performs at the Pavillon de Paris on July 4, 1978.

John Wesley Harding at Fifty: WWDD?

Bob Dylan's confessional album resisted the political radicalism and activism of 1967.
People passing in front of a 'Classic Cinema' entrance, 29th January 1975.

How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable

The Hollywood overhauls that got us from Bogart to Batman.
Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

Prop and Property

The house in American cinema, from the plantation to Chavez Ravine.
Images from 1970s and 1980s yearbooks reviewed by USA Today.

Blackface, KKK Hoods and Mock Lynchings: Review of 900 Yearbooks Finds Blatant Racism

In an extensive search of college yearbooks, we found blackface and Ku Klux Klan photos like Ralph Northam's far beyond Virginia.

100 Years Later, Dearborn Confronts the Hate of Hometown Hero Henry Ford

Dearborn, proud home of Henry Ford, has addressed the auto pioneer's anti-Semitism in the 1920s, which flourishes today on extremist websites.
Then-former president Theodore Roosevelt lays claim to an elephant he shot while on a safari (ca. 1915).

How America’s Hunting Culture Shaped Masculinity, Environmentalism, and the NRA

From Davy Crockett to Teddy Roosevelt, this is the legacy of hunting in American culture.
Julia Child shows a salade nicoise she prepared in the kitchen of her vacation home in Grasse, southern France (1978).

The Evolution of American Foodie Culture

Tracing the culinary revolution that changed Americans’ approach to eating.
An advertisement for a Captain Marvel wristwatch that appeared in a Rulah comic book (1949).

The Strange History of Comic Book Advertisements

One thing that has stayed consistent in Western comic books is the often bizarre advertisements.
Tallwood house in Green Mountain, Virginia (1932).

How Ceiling Fans Allowed Slaves to Eavesdrop on Plantation Owners

The punkahs of the Antebellum era served many purposes.