U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and nature preservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park (1906).

Take a Hike!

Why do people hike?
Time magazine, Volume 1 Issue 1, March 3, 1923. The cover shows the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Joseph Gurney Cannon. Cover by William Oberhardt.

The Story Behind the First-Ever Fact-Checkers

Here's how they were able to do their jobs long before the Internet

Twenty-First Century Victorians

The nineteenth-century bourgeoisie used morality to assert class dominance — something elites still do today.
Arthur Cravan during a boxing contest on the beach (c. 1916).

The Vanishing Pugilist and the Poet

The marriage of twentieth-century avant-gardists Arthur Cravan and Mina Loy was blissfully happy—until his mysterious disappearance.

How Barry Levinson’s Diner Changed Cinema, 30 Years Later

With Diner, Barry Levinson turned a film about nothing into a male-bonding classic, launched careers, and spawned hits from Seinfeld to The Office.
South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 (June 8, 1972)

Photographer Who Took Iconic Vietnam Photo Looks Back, 40 Years After the War Ended

Nick Ut’s photo of Kim Phuc was a transformative moment in a horrible conflict.
Hogarth's Gin Lane (created 1750-51).

Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History of Drunkenness

We have always questioned the spiritual and physical effects of alcohol.
The Falling Man (2001).

The Falling Man

Since 9/11 the story behind the Falling Man, and the search for him, is our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.
Playboy editor and tycoon Hugh Hefner is greeted by a group of bunny girls from his Playboy Clubs, upon his arrival at London Airport.

Up Against the Centerfold

What it was like to report on feminism for Playboy in 1969
Twede's Cafe in North Bend, WA, 2008.

The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”

Freedom, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateries.
Gift display in a fashion shop on Saville Row, Newcastle upon Tyne (1966).

Retail Therapy

What our mannequins say about us.
A disloyal boyfriend notices a passing woman in a stock photo that became a popular meme.

Jump-Rope Songs Were Once a Cornerstone of American Folklore. Now It’s Memes.

The Library of Congress is turning to the internet for a new generation of shared culture.