Can you believe HistoryBuff’s only been around for less than three months? We’ve had such a great time sharing our love of history with you all. As we close out 2015, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite pieces from the year—with a special focus on those you might have missed the first time around.
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In our very first feature, we reconsider the merits of mocking a couple who gained notoriety for their 19th-century lifestyle.
Cleopatra didn’t always look like Angelina Jolie in the Western imagination.
We track down NYC’s foremost pizza historian to discover why the Grey Lady was so late to the pizza party.
They spat, they smoked—this WWI battalion of women was tough as nails.
Maybe Thoreau fandom is just a phase, but it’s an important one.
Widely known as a certifiable genius and one of the visionaries behind modern electricity, here are a few things you just might not know about famed Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla.
A brief history of menstruation.
Two of our staffers get spooky at New York City’s most historic Halloween party.
A true story of urban planning gone horrifically wrong.
Underwhelmed by your Christmas haul this year? At least you’re not Doris Kearns Goodwin.
via Huffington Post
Who has the best dad bod? You be the judge.
The “Dracula” author was also a conspiracy theorist, and one of his oddest obsessions was focused on Elizabeth I’s gender.
With baby names ranging from Fear Brewster to Turbutt Francis, 18th-century parents in the New World sure were creative. Or sadistic. One or the other.
In the early modern era, les rois carved out a formal position in their courts for the most important minister of all – the official mistress, or maîtresse-en-titre.
via stories, etc + Wikimedia
Alice Roosevelt’s constant companion slithered her way into our hearts.
If you think archive work is dull, you’re not paying enough attention.
via Fashion Through Time
This stranger-than-fiction sartorial dispute started a bloody, three-day riot.
Featured image via NYPL