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.
Ernest Hemingway and Adriana Ivancich in Cuba.

The Old Man and His Muse: Hemingway’s Toe-Curling Infatuation with Adriana Ivancich

For the last decade of his life, the sozzled Hemingway was in thrall to an Italian 30 years his junior.
The Peaks of Otter overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia, that is presumably in the radius of the location of Beale's treasure (2015).

The Quest to Break America’s Most Mysterious Code—And Find $60 Million in Buried Treasure

A set of 200-year-old ciphers may reveal the location of millions of dollars’ worth of treasure buried in rural Virginia.
Acting troupe in blackface, ca. 1911-1915.

Yes, Politicians Wore Blackface. It Used to be All-American ‘Fun.’

Minstrel shows were once so mainstream that even presidents watched them.
StairMaster 6000 brochure.

From Oil to Oprah: An Oral History of the StairMaster

The untold origin story of an iconic workout machine, told one step at a time.
Poster for

The Faces of Racism

A history of blackface and minstrelsy in American culture.