WW Wilbur Slave Auctioneer

William Ward Wilbur was a 19th century merchant who owned and operated a commission-house on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. There he sold real estate, properties, stocks, bonds, and other negotiable instruments. But most abhorrent - Wilbur was a slave auctioneer...
New York's Castle Garden in the 1830s

Initially built as a fort in anticipation of the coming British invasion and the War of 1812, New York's Castle Garden opened in 1824 as a premier entertainment venue in the city. Within its walls was a concert hall, beer garden, restaurant, exhibition hall, and opera house...
Henry Millers Concert Garden

In 1845 Henry Miller emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Philadelphia. Noticing few German-American restaurants in his new city, he opened his own bar and restaurant in 1849. With few night-time entertainment venues in the city, his new establishment quickly became an immediate sensation...
Typical Early 20th Century Soda Fountain

At the turn of the 20th Century, slews of druggists foisted all kinds of toxic concoctions on the American public. Carbonated brews for depression, melancholy, and impotence - even those for hangovers - were some of the "cure-alls" available at the typical corner soda counters...
View of Lynchburg From Across the James River

Born in Appomattox Virginia in 1834, Charles John Raine arrived in Lynchburg Virginia sometime in the mid-1850s. Shortly after his arrival, he formed a partnership with Robert Henry Glass, and the two men opened a clothing store......
Panoramic of Columbia, South Carolina c.1859, Augustus Grinevald

Speculation has long existed that the R.E. Russell storecard was struck for a New York City business. Featuring Lewis Feuchtwanger's iconic eagle design, the merchant's actual whereabouts has long been a numismatic mystery......
Mata Hari Model Artists

In the 1850s entertainment ventures started opening in New York City that made tableaux vivants their primary bill. Tableaux vivants -- the forerunner of burlesque -- featured actors, mostly women, posing nude or semi-nude under the guise of replicating master artworks ......

In 1826 entrepreneur Brooks Bowman started the first hourly passenger service between Roxbury and Boston Massachusetts. Running coaches six days a week, he named his fleet 'The Roxbury Coaches,' and created a transportation empire that lasted over three decades ......

The enigmatic Beck’s Public Baths token has been a numismatic mystery since the latter part of the 19th century.  With its lone obverse device depicting a woman bathing, the only aspect of the token which exceeds the token’s mystery is the beauty of the woman herself.  The reverse of the

Being born in 1853 to an oysterman and his wife in the village of Absecon in New Jersey, John Lake Young spent his life living along the Atlantic shore. A scrappy and enterprising individual