Linton Weeks

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The Peculiar Parade Of Thanksgiving Traditions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Though it may seem like a fixed point in a fast-moving world, the Thanksgiving holiday continues to change and evolve.


'Masking' Memories: Thanksgiving In Disguise

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In the early 20th century, Americans wore gaudy costumes and bizarre masks, and some roved the streets begging for candy and treats — at Thanksgiving time.


18 Rules Of Behavior For Young Ladies In 1831

Friday, November 20, 2015

In the spirit of American self-reliance, Charles Varle penned a personal guidebook for 19th century Americans.


What Do We Do Now In America The Same Way We Did It 100 Years Ago?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crowdsourcing a story: All of us know more than any one of us, so here is the seed of a story idea that I hope you will help me cultivate into a full-flowering history post.


Civil War Leaders — In An 1880s Insurance Ad?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

If getting all of these Union commanders together in one room to pose for this photo seems like an impossible task, it was. It didn't happen.


6 Jokes From 19th Century America

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

History books tell us that times were hard in the 1800s. But there was occasional humor. Some of it was even funny.


Thomas Jefferson's 10 Rules Of Life — Mocked

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Words of wisdom from an American president — spread, savored, satirized.


5 Best-Selling Female Writers You May Not Have Heard Of

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Many extremely popular writers of the 19th century are now pretty much forgotten — and gone with the wind.


Halloweens Past: Wacky Pranks With Wagons

Friday, October 30, 2015

In earlier America, before the automobile reigned supreme, the family wagon was often the target for seasonal mischief and mayhem.


A Very Weird Photo Of Ulysses S. Grant

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More than 80 years before Photoshop was introduced, a clever photographer doctored this picture — and tampered with history.


American Women Who Were Anti-Suffragettes

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Who were the women who worked against voting rights for women in the early 20th century? Some were involved in community and charity — but not electoral politics.


Pop Quiz: Who Was The Only President To ...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In the exclusive club of American chief executives, some presidents are more exclusive than others. This is only a test.


12 Etiquette Screw-Ups In 1896

Friday, October 16, 2015

Times change and so do manners. We reassess good behavior in 2015.


Does America Really Need The National Mall?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Center stage for many historic protests and demonstrations, the National Mall has fallen on hard times.


4 Outrageously Expensive Dinners Of The Past

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Americans of the past were fascinated by luxurious dining experiences — or at least by the tales of such extravagant exploits.


Rare Film Is Glimpse Of A Distant America

Friday, October 02, 2015

Like a time slingshot, the 1920 silent movie The Daughter of Dawn transports us back to another era — and another.


How Many Daily Meals Did We Once Eat?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Traditionally, the three daily meals in America are breakfast, lunch and dinner. But did our forebears eat four times a day instead of three?


Who Does Donald Trump Remind Us Of?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

As an aspirant to the Republican presidential nomination, the businessman/entertainer reminds some people of notable politicians of the past.


Before Or After 1900? A History Game

Thursday, September 17, 2015

American history repeats itself often enough that we sometimes feel like we are living in an infinite loop. Here is a quiz that explores that notion.


3 Crazy Crazes Of The Late 1800s

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hairpin stealing, ring turning and automobiling — apparently folks in turn-of-the-20th-century America were as fad-prone as we are today.