March 1969 cover of Jet Magazine, featuring Vickie Jones and Duke Ellington.

The Counterfeit Queen of Soul

A strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardom.
Part of Esquire's 1940 spread on men's cooking.
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When Salad Was Manly

Esquire, 1940: “Salads are really the man’s department... Only a man can make a perfect salad.”

Dystopian Bodies

In her newest book, Barbara Ehrenreich attacks the "epidemic" of wellness.
Famous jazz musicians Art Tatum and Phil Moore standing outside a Club Downbeat in New York City.

The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The cabaret law—and its prejudicial history—is one of the city's darkest secrets.
George J. Hunzinger's armchair, designed: 1869; patented: March 30, 1869.

Furniture of the Future: Victorian New York’s Most Visionary Designer Loved His Machines

Barry R. Harwood says of George Hunzinger's work, “No one else was doing this. They didn’t have a name for it yet.”
A 19th century neapolitan pizza seller.

A History of Pizza

The world’s most popular fast food has ancient roots and a royal pedigree.
The Rolling Stones performing in Oslo in 1965.

How Rock and Roll Became White

And how the Rolling Stones, a band in love with black music, helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future.
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.