1900s

Vintage: Liverpool (early 20th century)

Vintage: Liverpool (early 20th century)

By the start of the 19th century, a large volume of trade was passing through Liverpool, and the construction of major buildings reflected this wealth. In 1830, Liverpool and Manchester became the first cities to have an intercity rail link, through the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The population continued to rise rapidly, especially during the 1840s when Irish migrants began…
Vintage: Rio de Janeiro (1880s-1910s)

Vintage: Rio de Janeiro (1880s-1910s)

When Prince Pedro proclaimed the independence of Brazil in 1822, he decided to keep Rio de Janeiro as the capital of his new empire. Rio continued as the capital of Brazil after 1889, when the monarchy was replaced by a republic. Until the early years of the 20th century, the city was largely limited to the neighbourhood now known as…
Vintage: Niagara Falls during Winter (19th Century)

Vintage: Niagara Falls during Winter (19th Century)

There are differing theories as to the origin of the name of the falls. According to Iroquoian scholar Bruce Trigger, “Niagara” is derived from the name given to a branch of the local native Neutral Confederacy, who are described as being called the “Niagagarega” people on several late-17th-century French maps of the area.[13] According to George R. Stewart, it comes…
Vintage: Havana (early 20th Century)

Vintage: Havana (early 20th Century)

As trade between Caribbean and North American states increased in the early 19th century, Havana became a flourishing and fashionable city. Havana’s theaters featured the most distinguished actors of the age, and prosperity among the burgeoning middle-class led to expensive new classical mansions being erected. During this period Havana became known as the Paris of the Antilles. The 20th century…
Vinatge: The Great Baltimore Fire in 1904

Vinatge: The Great Baltimore Fire in 1904

The Great Baltimore Fire raged in Baltimore exactly 113 years ago (February 7, 1904). 1,231 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control, both professional paid Truck and Engine companies from the city’s B.C.F.D. and volunteers from the surrounding counties and outlying towns of Maryland, as well as out-of-state units that arrived on the major railroads. It destroyed much of central…
Vintage Glass Plate images of Streets from Sydney City (1900s)

Vintage Glass Plate images of Streets from Sydney City (1900s)

The year 1840 was the final year of convict transportation to Sydney, which by this time had a population of 35,000. The municipal council of Sydney was incorporated in 1842 and became Australia’s first city.Gold was discovered in the colony in 1851 and with it came thousands of people seeking to make money. Sydney’s population reached 200,000 by 1871. Following…
Vintage: Ellis Island immigrants (1900-1910s)

Vintage: Ellis Island immigrants (1900-1910s)

Between 1905 and 1914, an average of one million immigrants per year arrived in the United States. Immigration officials reviewed about 5,000 immigrants per day during peak times at Ellis Island. Two-thirds of those individuals emigrated from eastern, southern and central Europe. The peak year for immigration at Ellis Island was 1907, with 1,004,756 immigrants processed. The all-time daily high…
Vintage: Pushcart Markets in New York (Early 20th Century)

Vintage: Pushcart Markets in New York (Early 20th Century)

Pushcart vendors were initially not required to have a license to peddle their wares (“Pushcarts”). This quickly changed, however, and they were required to pay a small fee to ply their trade. The fee would change over the years, but one thing was certain, the license was never strictly enforced. Many pushcart vendors bribed the local police in order to…
Vintage: Texan Portraits by Julius Born (Early 20th Century)

Vintage: Texan Portraits by Julius Born (Early 20th Century)

Photographer Julius Born (1879-1962) took thousands of photographs of the people, land and community in Hemphill county located in the Texas panhandle. In thousands of portrait photographs taken during the first half of the twentieth century, Born forever documented Texas’ past, heritage, and humanity. In his images of cowboys and businessmen, well-composed ladies, and fidgety children, Born shows us the…
Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

By the late nineteenth century, technological advances and commercial pressure allowed construction to begin in earnest. An initial attempt by France to build a sea-level canal failed after a great deal of excavation. This enabled the United States to complete the present canal in 1913 and open it to shipping the following year. The state of Panama was created with…
Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Photo collection of early XX century Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s). Maude Fealy (1883 – 1971) was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era. At the age of three, she performed on stage with her mother and went on to make her Broadway debut in the 1900 production of Quo Vadis,…
Vintage: postcards of People from Britain (early XX century)

Vintage: postcards of People from Britain (early XX century)

Millions of postcards were produced in Britain between 1903 and the 1914-1918 war, providing some of the most vivid documents in social history available. The majority here are by anonymous photographers. Among other themes, they depict work, leisure, amateur theatre, transport from a century ago. Postcards from the collection of John Toohey @ flickr.
Vintage: Russian Peasants and Their Craft Jobs (early 20th century)

Vintage: Russian Peasants and Their Craft Jobs (early 20th century)

Sometimes now you might hear the word “artisan” which often said to make things look skillfully  made and good. However hundred something years ago all over the world things mainly were “artisan” – made by local craftsman. If we know some traditional craftsmen of the West and their craft survived till our days (this is what they sell as “artisan” now) the…
Vintage: Texan Portraits by Julius Born (Early XX Century)

Vintage: Texan Portraits by Julius Born (Early XX Century)

Photographer Julius Born (1879-1962) took thousands of photographs of the people, land and community in Hemphill county located in the Texas panhandle. In thousands of portrait photographs taken during the first half of the twentieth century, Born forever documented Texas’ past, heritage, and humanity. In his images of cowboys and businessmen, well-composed ladies, and fidgety children, Born shows us the…