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Black and white image of a five masted ship in the water.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Ghost Ship Carroll A. Deering’s Crew

Posted by: Malea Walker

“Like a ‘Flying Dutchman,’ the five-masted schooner Carroll A. Deering loomed through the mists about Diamond Shoals today, all sails set, but un-manned.” –The Washington Herald, February 3, 1921. In late January, 1921, all occupants of the schooner Carroll A. Deering disappeared somewhere in the waters along the North Carolina coast. The ship was still …

American Fads and Crazes: 1920s

Posted by: Heather Thomas

With unprecedented prosperity, technology, and leisure like no decade before it, 1920s America roared, soared, and was never bored, igniting endless fads and crazes of excess and frivolity–until it all came crashing down (Hendricks, 2018).  The decade before survived the cataclysm of World War I and a deadly global influenza epidemic. This brought about a …

Eleven Stanford University football players set in formation with center waiting to snap ball to quarterback. Cartoon illustration bracketing either side of main photo.

1902 Rose Bowl: First College Bowl Game

Posted by: Mike Queen

For college football fans, the end of year means bowl games! To get you into full football mode, let’s take a look at how the very first bowl game, the “Granddaddy of Them All,” got off the ground. The 1902 Tournament of Roses football game, known today as the Rose Bowl, was the first post-season …

Black and white image of Nellie Bly, newspaper journalist, in a Victorian-style, houndstooth button-down dress holding a handbag in her left hand and a hat in her right hand.

“Behind Asylum Bars:” Nellie Bly Reporting from Blackwell’s Island.

Posted by: Amber Paranick

“Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell’s Island? I said I could and I would. And I did.” In 1887, investigative journalist for the New York World newspaper Nellie Bly went undercover to expose the dreadful conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum, a mental institution on Blackwell’s Island. Read more about Bly’s fearless investigation and how her work forever changed the field of journalism.

Illustration of men and women at a party drinking cocktails.

11 Historic Newspaper Cocktails

Posted by: Thomas Beheler

Cheers! Here are some vintage cocktail recipes, all of them brought to you by our historic newspaper archive, Chronicling America.  1. The Insidious Punch of Washington This drink is one of the oldest ones on the list at more than 135 years old! You can see the recipe here, but generally,  you’ll mix one part …