Rebecca Onion is a writer and academic living in Philadelphia. She runs Slate's history blog, The Vault.
Maps like this one translated the fraught journey from courtship through marriage into geographical features.... READ ON
Created by a paranoid duke, these cards were used for entertainment, not mystical divination.... READ ON
A creative, and decorative, solution for preventing snow blindness.... READ ON
Men once etched diary entries, rhymes, and souvenir maps on the horns used to carry their gunpowder.... READ ON
Intricate, decorated "puzzle purses" were a feature of late 18th and early 19th century American courtship.... READ ON
An ornate—but very necessary—item for a sport enmeshed in Britain's social hierarchy.... READ ON
They tend to provoke disbelief, but these 19th century marvels really are made of glass.... READ ON
Coal was at the heart of early 19th-century England’s industrial progress, but until this lamp came along there was no safe way to see inside the mines.... READ ON
In 1983, a struggling Atari dumped truckloads of goods in a New Mexico landfill. The dump was long considered an urban legend, until archeologists excavated in 2014 and found hundreds of games, manuals, cartridges and more. Now, the artifacts are in several collections.... READ ON
The history of invisible ink veers wildly back and forth between high-tech methods and the humblest of approaches.... READ ON
Winston Churchill's mother was born in Brooklyn.