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A 19th-century photograph of a women’s restroom in a Pittsburgh factory. Author provided.

How Did Public Bathrooms Get To Be Separated By Sex In The First Place?

Victorian values that stressed the importance of privacy and modesty were subjected to special challenge in factories, where women worked side by Read...
Terry S. Kogan of The Conversation    |   05.30.16   |   SHARE
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See that wombat, George? It too will be king before you. Courtesy of, Wikimedia

Why Kate Middleton's Baby Bump Just Might Be Queen Before Kate

Long live the Queen! And so she has. Read...
Giana Ciapponi    |   10.20.14   |   SHARE
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Of Merkins And Victorian Prostitution: A Strange And Sordid History Lesson

It turns out that sores and other visible symptoms of STDs were not only unhealthy, but also bad for business. That’s where the merkin came to the Read...
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High on History: The Ruthless World of the Victorian Orchid Craze

How one pretty species turned the English flower industry upside down, and led grizzled outdoorsmen to go to the mat in floral competition. Read...
Jane Jones   |   08.6.14   |   SHARE