The very first days of motion pictures in the 1890s were some busy days for filmmakers. This brand new medium could express more than a still photo and it was cheaper and quicker than putting on a stage play. As soon as film was invented, it quickly became a big deal. So what were the best films of the 1890s?
The woman above is Clelia Duel Mosher, the first person to do a survey of the sexual habits of American women. From 1890 to 1920, she did periodic interviews with 45 women, asking them questions that women of the time didn’t dare to talk about in public. The results were never published anywhere, and Mosher’s work wasn’t discovered until 1973, shedding light on a period of time when women didn’t talk about sex and didn’t admit to enjoying it.
The late 19th century, also known as the time when the US had the most awesome paper money in the world
Even with all of the changes to the look of American paper money in the past decade or so, it still seriously lags behind the rest of the world in the awesome money quotient. But in the late 1800s, the US had some seriously badass paper, with huge, intricate and beautiful scenes from Greek myth and it just screamed “THIS IS THE FUCKING LAND OF LIBERTY MOTHERFUCKER”.
A lot of colleges have been dumbed down a bit over the years, but if you were a student in 1899 trying to get into Harvard, you would have had to pass the following entrance exam, recently uncovered by the New York Times. And you’d better hope that you have a solid foundation in the classics, since education in the late 1800s was built on studying lots and lots of Greek and Latin and their respective histories.