The Kodak Brownie Camera, 1900.

Kodak Brownie, 1900:
Image Credit: Photograph by David Duprey/AP
The Brownie was responsible for bringing snapshot photography to the masses in 1900.
A very simple cardboard box with a lens that took Kodak’s 117 roll film, the camera was named after cartoonist Palmer Cox’s popular Brownie character that adorned the box

It cost $1 (just under $30 in today’s currency) and proved very popular, selling 150,000 units in its first year and spawning a new popular photography movement with multiple follow-up models.
See more gadgets via 10 most influential portable gadgets – in pictures | Technology | The Guardian

A young Girl sings for her Dog.

Girl Playing for Her Dog.
Kids today might find this hard to believe, but there really was a period in time when smartphones didn’t exist.
“But how did they entertain themselves?” we hear you cry. “How did they survive without instant and constant access to hilarious videos of cats being cats and people failing at stuff?”
Well, actually, they managed just fine. Check out these vintage pictures of children enjoying themselves before mobile phones were invented to see what we mean.
Compiled by Bored Panda, the list serves as an important reminder that all you really need to enjoy yourself is a little bit of imagination.
See more images via 10+ Historical Pics Of Kids Playing Reveal How Much Technology Has Changed Our Childhood | Bored Panda

How Men asked for Sex a century ago.

Before our indulgent misuse of technology made us a tad brutish and unsophisticated in our relationships with each other, men and women once had a form of ritual quaintly called “courtship” where a chivalrous young man was expected to woo a demure young woman with subtly, attention, kindness, and flowers.
Such actions were supposed to signal his honourable intentions, trustworthiness, and his reliability to furnish his intended with all that she might require. (Oh, how many poor women fell into a life of drudgery because of that? I wonder.)
Of course, these young men would also have their needs but they could only hint at these through the saving grace of innuendo and saucy humor, which made it possible to say one thing and mean something entirely different!
via Before dick pics and sexting: How men asked for sex a century ago | Dangerous Minds

The Flatiron, NYC 1904 by Steichen.

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The Flatiron building, New York City, on a rainy night (1904) by Edward Steichen. Photograph: Alamy
Skyscrapers were very new when Edward J Steichen took this photograph of Manhattan’s Flatiron building.
The wedge-shaped tower looms romantically in the evening mist, as a place of poignant mystery and beauty.
via The top 10 skyscrapers in art | Artanddesign | The Guardian.

The Victorian Watercress Girl, c. 1867.

1867 Frederick Ifold the watercress girl
Image: The Watercress Girl by Frederick Ifold (1867).
In 1851, the journalist Henry Mayhew published London Labour and the London Poor, a groundbreaking and influential survey of London’s working classes and criminal underbelly.
What is particularly striking about the work are the lengthy quotations describing their lives from the people themselves.
The result is a poignant and sometimes humorous portrait of Victorian London’s forgotten underclass.
One of the most famous and heart-wrenching profiles is of an eight-year-old watercress seller from the East End. She is unkempt and emaciated when Mayhew interviews her, and wears nothing more than a thin dress, a ragged shawl and carpet slippers even in the severest weather.
Here is what the ‘ watercress girl’ had to say about her life:
“I go about the streets with water-creases, crying, ‘Four bunches a penny, water-creases’. I am just eight years old – that’s all, and I’ve a big sister, and a brother and a sister younger than I am. On and off, I’ve been very near a twelvemonth in the streets.
Before that, I had to take care of a baby for my aunt. No, it wasn’t heavy – it was only two months old; but I minded it for ever such a time – till it could walk. It was a very nice little baby, not a very pretty one; but, if I touched it under the chin, it would laugh.
“Before I had the baby, I used to help mother, who was in the fur trade; and, if there was any slits in the fur, I’d sew them up. My mother learned me to needle-work and to knit when I was about five. I used to go to school, too; but I wasn’t there long.
I’ve forgot all about it now, it’s such a time ago; and mother took me away because the master whacked me, though the missus use’n’t to never touch me. I didn’t like him at all.
What do you think? he hit me three times, ever so hard, across the face with his cane, and made me go dancing down stairs; and when mother saw the marks on my cheek, she went to blow him up, but she couldn’t see him – he was afraid. That’s why I left school”.
via Dance’s Historical Miscellany: The Victorian watercress girl.