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First stand-alone motor race, 1905 (Video)

Bill Mason while working for the Shell Motor Company’s film unit assembled an impressive series of documentaries that trace the history of motor racing. The first film shows the early years as Panhards raced against Mercedes. The German Kaiser showed… Continue Reading

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Mata Hari – The Erotic Spy World War I (19 pics)

Mata Hari is the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida (Grietje) Zelle. He was born on August 7, 1876 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands and died on October 15, 1917 in Vincennes, France who was sentenced to death for spying in World… Continue Reading

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Jacob Riis, New York City 1800s pictures (7 pics)

Late 19th-century New York City was a magnet for the world’s immigrants, and the vast majority of them found not streets paved with gold but nearly subhuman squalor. While polite society turned a blind eye, brave reporters like the Danish-born… Continue Reading