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America's first foreign-language presses: mid-1800s Chinese newspapers in San Francisco

America's first foreign-language presses: mid-1800s Chinese newspapers in San Francisco

Chinese newspapers in mid-19th Century San Francisco

Chinese newspapers in mid-19th Century San Francisco

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of CongressEdwin M. Stanton to Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, July 10, 1864 (Warns that Confederates are near Washington) Washington City, July 10 1864 10 P M Mr President The enemy are reported advancing towards Tenallytown and Seventh street road.1 They are in large force and have driven back our Cavalry. I think you had better come in to town at tonight Yours truly Edwin M Stanton These are official reports to General Augur—2 [Note 1 The ...

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of CongressEdwin M. Stanton to Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, July 10, 1864 (Warns that Confederates are near Washington) Washington City, July 10 1864 10 P M Mr President The enemy are reported advancing towards Tenallytown and Seventh street road.1 They are in large force and have driven back our Cavalry. I think you had better come in to town at tonight Yours truly Edwin M Stanton These are official reports to General Augur—2 [Note 1 The ...

Lost Friends Exhibition - Ads seeking lost family of former slaves from Nov. 1879 - Dec. 1880 from the Southwestern Christian Advocate.  Free from the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Lost Friends Exhibition - Ads seeking lost family of former slaves from Nov. 1879 - Dec. 1880 from the Southwestern Christian Advocate. Free from the Historic New Orleans Collection.

100 19th Century mostly miserable marriages

A Tragic Catalog of 100 Mostly Miserable 19th-Century Marriages

100 19th Century mostly miserable marriages

What $1 would buy in 1874 (via Kathleen Rice Adams)

What you could get at the Dollar Store (1874

What $1 would buy in 1874 (via Kathleen Rice Adams)

1885 San Francisco Chinatown map. 'It was basically part of a plan by the city supervisors to push Chinese immigrants out of the city.'

1885 San Francisco Chinatown map. 'It was basically part of a plan by the city supervisors to push Chinese immigrants out of the city.'

Here is one version of the Devens Literacy Test, used on Army recruits during World War I. (See three other versions here.) The test was designed by psychologist E.A. Shaw and named after Camp Devens, in Ayer, Mass., where it was developed. It begins with simple queries meant to be answerable by people with minimal education, moving forward into more and more difficult questions targeted at soldiers who had been to college.

How Literate Are You by 1918 Standards? Take This Oddly Poetic Test.

Here is one version of the Devens Literacy Test, used on Army recruits during World War I. (See three other versions here.) The test was designed by psychologist E.A. Shaw and named after Camp Devens, in Ayer, Mass., where it was developed. It begins with simple queries meant to be answerable by people with minimal education, moving forward into more and more difficult questions targeted at soldiers who had been to college.

Buying a stocked country store, 1836: sample pages from a "day book," listing who bought what and for how much.

Buying a stocked country store, 1836: sample pages from a "day book," listing who bought what and for how much.

Early "prison tats": In the 1800s, convicts received severe discipline for "pricking" or "marking" themselves or other convicts, partly because gangs and criminal networks used tattoos as a bonding mechanism. Tattooing did not become a profession until the 1860s. (This image documents one prisoner's "marks.")

Early "prison tats": In the 1800s, convicts received severe discipline for "pricking" or "marking" themselves or other convicts, partly because gangs and criminal networks used tattoos as a bonding mechanism. Tattooing did not become a profession until the 1860s. (This image documents one prisoner's "marks.")

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