Linton Weeks

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When 'Flirtation Cards' Were All The Rage

Friday, July 31, 2015

Under the 1871 Morning Oregonian newspaper headline, "Reform Needed," is this sentence, which tells you a lot about American social life at the time: "A practice which is becoming more prevalent among our boys and girls, more especially our girls, is that of flirting."

Never mind that humans have been ...


The Future Of American History

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

College history majors used to study The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Today perhaps they should also be studying the decline and fall of history majors.

Since 2010, the number of history majors at Ohio State University has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to a May ...


12 Lost American Slangisms From The 1800s

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Phrases phase in and out of everyday usage. Especially in the global hodgepodge that is American English. Sometimes, however, there are phrases forgotten that perhaps should be sayings salvaged.

Informal words and expressions that popped up in popular parlance, especially in the 19th century, says Lynne Murphy — ...


What Hats Tell Us About American Men

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fedoras, flat caps, baseball caps — hats are prevalent among certain American men these days. Perhaps the hats tell us more about the hat wearer than we realize.

In fact, the National American History Museum points out in its intro to an online hat exhibit that "a hat ...


Hats Off To Women Who Saved The Birds

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The battle over the commercial trade in bird feathers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries "was one of the first times we saw a popular movement coalesce in defense of the environment, and not surprisingly it was to save birds," says Brigid McCormack, executive director of


Baseball In Skirts, 19th-Century Style

Sunday, July 12, 2015

As our nation prepares for the annual MLB All-Star Game on July 14, let us pause and refresh our memories of women's baseball in 19th-century America — and what it represented.

From the very early days of baseball in America, women were involved. First, as spectators, as reported in the ...


Strange Stories Surrounding Street Pianos

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Under the headline "Signs of Summer" in 1916, the New Castle, Del., Herald listed: lollipops, robins, bare feet and street pianos.

Yes, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, street pianos were everywhere. Their perky, plinky, preset music — playing the same songs over and over — filled the air ...


When America's Librarians Went To War

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Looking back at the nationwide support for American troops in the two world wars, we see Americans of all stripes making patriotic contributions and sacrifices — including farmers, factory workers and librarians.

Wait. What? How did librarians fit in to national security in the 20th century? ...


200 Years Of 'Sex' In America, In 1 Chart

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What do we talk about when we talk about sex? Usually, well, um, uh, sex.

But over the past couple of centuries, American attitudes toward sex — and the language that surrounds it — have shifted.

"Historically," says Stef Woods, who teaches history at American University and focuses ...


The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In the early 20th century, the Cherry Sisters — a family of performers from Marion, Iowa — were like a meme.

Simply invoking the name — the Cherry Sisters — was shorthand for anything awful. As Anthony Slide wrote in the Encyclopedia of Vaudeville, the onstage siblings became "synonymous with ...


The Marriage Equality Battle Is Now History

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nothing says history like a retrospective exhibit.

Moving very fast, the New York Public Library responded to the Supreme Court's monumental same-sex marriage decision on June 26 by mounting a flash display of photos and documents featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, in the Astor Hall exhibit room ...


4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Unlike fanatics, fad-atics move from craze to craze. And America, with its short national attention span, is the perfect place for fadatics to flourish.

But when does a fad begin to fade? When does a fad become a fixture?

"How long does the typical fad last?" asks Adrian Furnham in ...


Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities

Friday, June 19, 2015

On July 4, America will celebrate 239 years of independence.

Later in the month, our country will mark another historic moment: the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law passed on July 26, 1990, that guarantees certain rights — and increased independence — to our compatriots ...


When 'Womanless Weddings' Were Trendy

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The flowery month of June and the whiff of wedlock is in the air.

Definitions of marriage in America keep expanding, but for most of the country's history, the word "wedding" has called to mind images of a woman in a white dress and a man in a black tuxedo. ...


Dirty Dancing In The Early 1900s

Thursday, June 11, 2015

To watch them being performed today, the Bunny Hug, the Turkey Trot, the Grizzly Bear and other so-called "animal dances" of the early 1900s seem tame, tame, tame.

But for a few decades, beginning in the 19-teens, those ragtime rug-cutters shocked America and had ...


The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

When J.R. Hardman, 28, asked to join a group of Civil War re-enactors in a military drill a few years ago, the unit commander said no dice.

Hardman was willing to wear the wool uniform, carry the gear, load the muskets, eat the hardtack, but the brass still said no.



Songs We Love: Bomba Estereo, 'Mar (Lo Que Siento)'

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Bomba Estéreo has always been associated with fiery, trance-inducing dance songs like "Fuego." But one of their lesser-known sweet spots is in the more mellow, breezy songs, the kind you want to listen to after a full night of hard-partying, while recovering on a beach, watching ...


Chinese Basketballers Of Yesteryear

Thursday, June 04, 2015

When thinking about Chinese basketball players in early 20th-century America, keep in mind these two events:

  • In 1882: President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which severely restricted Chinese immigration to this country. Versions of restrictive legislation remained in place until World War II, when the ...


How The YMCA Helped Shape America

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The American wing of the Young Men's Christian Association — a worldwide organization founded in London in 1844 — launched the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the U.S., popularized exercise classes and created the oldest summer camp still in operation, the YMCA's historians tell us.



The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The nationwide weirdness that was the Windshield-Pitting Mystery began in the spring of 1954. Looking back at the events today may give us a window — OK, a windshield — on the makeup and the mindset of mid-20th-century America.

The epidemic's epicenter, according to HistoryLink — an online ...