While most children read about Helen Keller’s childhood triumph over the difficulties of her deaf-blindness, many are unaware of her life as an activist and orator.
Elsie de Wolfe was an interior decorator before there was such a thing. And if she wasn’t making headlines for covering 18th century footstools in leopard print, she was in the newspapers for her eccentric blue hair, her affinity for small dogs (see here, here, and here), and unique preferences for physical fitness. Born in New […]
What are you afraid of? “Subways!” Mabel Stark, renowned Bengal tiger trainer, told the New-York Tribune in 1922. “Trains roaring through the tunnel terrify me more than any beast I’ve ever met,” she said. Following a nervous breakdown, the former nurse sought a “simpler & easier” profession: training wild jungle cats for the big top. […]
Before she became our First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier wrote for the Washington Times Herald newspaper as the “Inquiring Camera Girl,” asking questions of the public and publishing their photographs and opinions.