Category: 1850s

29 rare and amazing photos capture city scenes of Europe in the 1850s.

In 1856, seventeen-year-old Adeline Harris, the daughter of a well-to-do Rhode Island mill owner, conceived of a unique quiltmaking project. She sent small diamond-shaped pieces of white silk worldwide to people she esteemed as the most important figures of her day, asking each to sign the silk and return it to her. By the time the signatures were all returned and ready to be stitched into a “tumbling-blocks” patterned quilt, Adeline had amassed an astonishing collection of autographs.

Her quilt features the signatures of eight American presidents; luminaries from the worlds of science, religion, and education; heroes of the Civil War; such authors as Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson; and an array of prominent artists.

Today, the autographs displayed in this beautiful and immaculately constructed quilt provide an intriguing glimpse into the way an educated young woman of the mid-nineteenth century viewed her world.

(Image source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art) 

Amazing photographs that capture life of the U.S in the 1850s.

A cathedral that defined a city: 20 rare photographs of Notre Dame from the 19th century.

45 cool pics show what teenage girls looked like in the 1850s.

Italy’s most haunted house: Inside Villa De Vecchi Italy’s abandoned ‘ghost mansion’.

Adorable tintypes show what teenage girls often wore from between the 1850s and 1870s.

The fascinating story of George Crum, inventor of the potato chip in 1853.

16 amazing studio portraits from the Daguerreian era and early American photography from the 1840s and 1850s.

50 rare photos that capture everyday life of Swansea, Wales in the mid-19th century.