Go On, Cop a Bottle of That Civil War Wine

Grey sludge some are calling wine was drudged up from a US Civil War shipwreck. The wine was found 4 years ago on the Mary-Celestia off the coast of Bermuda. According to the Independent the wine was tasted yesterday after 151 years: » 3/08/15 1:24pm 3/08/15 1:24pm

Check Out This Vintage Footage of Young Queen Elizabeth and Family

The Royal Family is continuing to unearth some interesting family treasures as part of the two-month Royal Childhood Exhibition at Buckingham Palace. The exhibition will feature various toys, clothes, photos, and personal effects from 250 years of the royal family. » 7/27/14 12:00pm 7/27/14 12:00pm

1922 Ad Touts Lane Bryant's Offerings for 'Stout Women'

This really puts the debate over the term "plus-size" in perspective: Here is an ad for Lane Bryant, from the back of the September 1922 Ladies Home Journal. Hey, stout women! Lane Bryant has the hot fashions you want! » 6/23/14 1:00pm 6/23/14 1:00pm

Let's All Take a Quick Coffee Break in Turn-of-the-Century Paris

It's Thursday, so let's all take a ten-minute break to imagine ourselves strolling through the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, France. Everyone hold your parasols high to celebrate the dawning of a new century! » 5/01/14 2:30pm 5/01/14 2:30pm

These Vintage National Enquirer Covers Are Hilarious

It's been a big week for The National Enquirer (the magazine that I once got sent home for reading at school). The publication broke the news that Ellen's house is possibly haunted and alerted faithful readers to a big secret that Jimmy Fallon doesn't want you to know (he loves his wife and child!). And if that wasn't… » 3/03/14 4:15pm 3/03/14 4:15pm

Taste Test From Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes From the '50s

Few things are more luridly delightful than midcentury food porn—fishy Jell-Os, mayonnaise frosting, all canned everything, foods ground up and then moulded into the shapes of other foods. If you've ever flipped through your grandma's post-war Betty Crocker cookbook, then you know what I'm grimacing about. These are… » 2/25/14 3:40pm 2/25/14 3:40pm

To Do: Incorporate These Olde-Tymey Acronyms Into Your Sexting

Before OMG meant "Oh My God," SWALK meant "Sealed With A Loving Kiss," ITALY meant "I Trust And Love You," EGYPT meant "Eager to Grab Your Pretty Tits." Your grandparents were pervs. » 11/26/13 5:00pm 11/26/13 5:00pm

Let's Shop for Fabulous Fall Coats in 1964

November brings brisk temperatures and chilly winds, but you can't sacrifice style for warmth! You're gonna need a sharp cover-up. Tailored coats with gold buttons and reversible rain capes? Yes, please. » 11/01/13 1:30pm 11/01/13 1:30pm

“You don’t really remember a notebook or the pens and pencils you used. But maybe you remember your Trapper Keeper." Everything you never knew you wanted to know about the history of the Trapper Keeper, all in one place. » 9/25/13 5:50pm 9/25/13 5:50pm

Let's Shop for Sweaters in 1983

TGIF! It's time for another edition of Let's Shop. Today we travel back in time to 1983. The weather's turned cool, and after braiding each others' hair, we're going to collapse on the couch and watch Webster, Dallas and Falcon Crest. Better pick a pastel pullover. Which one do you want? » 9/06/13 6:10pm 9/06/13 6:10pm

Celebrity Diet Stories of 1929 Just as Depressing as Today's

As previously mentioned, back issues of Photoplay have been archived online. A quick flip through of the January 1929 issue revealed a piece that feels chillingly current: It warns that women are putting their lives at risk when they try to be as skinny as Hollywood stars. We've been talking about this shit for 84… » 9/04/13 4:05pm 9/04/13 4:05pm

Lessons from a 1943 Advice Column by Bette Davis

Exciting news: As Open Culture reports, there are now vintage issues of Business Screen, The Hollywood Reporter, Photoplay, and Variety online. Flipping through a June 1943 issue of Photoplay, we found "What Should I Do?", an advice column written by Bette Davis. » 8/28/13 5:05pm 8/28/13 5:05pm

Let's Creep All Over Famous People's Passports

Ella Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, and Rene Magritte all had to travel, and thus needed passports. Because the internet is a magical place that can deliver food at 2am* and cute animal videos at any hour of the day or night, unearthing these passports was NBD. » 7/18/13 9:30am 7/18/13 9:30am

Let's Shop For Cocktail Dresses in 1988

It's Friday night in 1988. You turn on the radio. Taylor Dayne's "Tell It To My Heart" segues into "Need You Tonight" by INXS. Hot. A full night awaits — dinner, dancing — and you've already sprayed yourself in Lou Lou. But what are you going to wear? » 7/12/13 6:30pm 7/12/13 6:30pm

This Hideous Toy Commercial From the '70s Is More Like a Horror Movie

In 1971, a toy called Baby Laugh-a-Lot was unleashed unto the world, to strike fear into the hearts of unsuspecting humans and hypnotise innocent little girls. Once in her thrall, unspeakable evil comes to all who hear her terrifying cackle. Be afraid. » 7/11/13 3:20pm 7/11/13 3:20pm