The Chicago Tribune has a gallery with some long-forgotten photographs of the Chicago Exposition of 1893. It’s a visual treat for Victorian era enthusiasts. And while you’re at it, I highly recommend the book “Devil In The White City,” a true-crime story about a serial murderer n Chicago at the time of the fair.
Google has the full text of Life magazine issues from 1936 – 1972. An incredible resource.
Here’s an online gallery with some very good images of pirates, and related documents and maps. I know that the pirate gaming craze has largely subsided, but its one of htose things that I’ve always wanted to to.
For people interested in original sources, the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have released some 25,000 texts dated from 1473 to 1700. Content is available in a variety of formats. Available immediately are some 25,000 books, with an additional 40,000 planned for the future.