Vintage Antique History Photos Fun Interesting Past
Molly Brown House, Denver, CO - was built in the 1880's and is famous for it's previous owner, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown". Once set for demolition, it has been preserved and restored, and now serves as a museum. Activity includes shades opening and closing on their own, shadow figures, the smell of cigar smoke (non-smoking house - Molly's husband was known as a heavy cigar smoker) and apparitions.
The Mammoth Potato Hoax of Loveland, Colorado, 1894—Joseph B. Swan was a proud potato farmer who claimed to have grown a potato that was 13 pounds and 8 ounces. W.L. Thorndyke, editor of the Loveland Reporter, came up with an idea to help Swan promote his potatoes at an 1894 street fair. They created this trick photograph of a huge potato. This may have become the first viral fake photograph, though it was soon declared to be fraudulent.
1895: The first electrically lighted Christmas tree was displayed in the White House by First Lady Frances Cleveland. This event was instrumental in bringing the wonder of electric Christmas tree lighting to the general public's awareness. The tree was set up in the family room and library (today the Yellow Oval Room), and decorated with gold angels with spreading wings, gold and silver sleds, tops of every description, and lots of tinsel. Under the tree was a miniature White House.
Hitler called her "The most dangerous woman in Europe." At The Queens Head pub in Stepney, in London's East End, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother enjoyed a pint of bitter, which she pulled herself. (That's the much-missed late mother of QE II, who famously refused to leave London during the Blitz, or even to send her daughters to the safety of Canada, saying ""The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave."