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15 Vintage Pictures Of Los Angeles When It Was Still A Beachside Village



Los Angeles may have been founded in 1781, but by the late 1870s, the city was still barely anything more than a few seaside villages. A new collection of rare photos acquired by the Huntington Library show the turning point in the city's development in the late 19th century.

Los Angeles exploded in population and size with the completion of the Southern Pacific railroad in 1876, which connected the area with the rest of the country. In 1892, oil was discovered in the area, driving settlement and industry to the area. By 1900, the city had grown to more than 100,000 residents.

The Huntington Library shared a selection of the photographs with us, but you can see the more than 4,600 photographs at their location in San Marino, Calif

This is the Southern Pacific railroad as it enters Santa Monica. The railroad ignited a bustling tourism industry along the Pacific Coast.

4_mar102These two people are canoeing in Westlake Park, now called MacArthur Park. The park was originally constructed as a reservoir for the city. By the 1890s, it was a hot vacation spot, surrounded by luxury hotels.18_Two_people_in_canoe

This is the "Chinese Quarter" of Los Angeles — the city's first Chinatown — in 1892. This version of Chinatown was in its heyday from 1890 to 1910, but an explosion of gambling houses, opium dens, and gang warfare led the government to condemn the area. The residents were evicted to make room for Union Station. 17_Chinese_QuarterThis is the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in 1895. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the cathedral was the seat of the Los Angeles bishop for over 100 years. It is now an event space.13_Roman_Catholic_Cathedral

This is the San Fernando Valley around 1890. The Valley now encapsulates parts of Los Angeles, Hidden Hills, and Glendale, as well as the cities of Burbank and San Fernando. It is completely undeveloped here.10_In_The_San_Fernando_Valley

These people are visiting  Santa Monica beach in the 1880s. In the distance you can see one of the first iterations of the Santa Monica Pier. 3_mar098This is the Santa Monica Bathhouse, built in 1876. It included rooms for rent, enormous bathtubs, and two steam rooms. It was built by Colonel Baker and millionaire John Percival Jones, who developed much of Santa Monica.5_Beach_and_Bathing_HouseThe Santa Monica Hotel was the first hotel built in the area. It was constructed in 1885 to accommodate the influx of tourists from the railroad.6_Santa_Monica_HotelThe 125-room Arcadia Hotel opened on January 25, 1887. It was one of the landmark hotels of the era. This is the roller coaster at the hotel.1_mar092This is the view of Santa Monica from the Arcadia Hotel in 1893.20_Santa_Monica_from_Hotel_ArcThis photo from 1905 shows bathers on the beach in Santa Monica. 16_Bathing_in_the_PacificThis man is fishing at Redondo Beach, one of Los Angeles' three beach cities. At the time, Redondo was a source of halibut, lobster, and sea bass.11_Fishing_at_RedondoHere you can see the beginnings of Venice Beach, Calif., built in 1905 as an oceanfront resort. Several miles of canals were dug in the area to drain the marshy land and a variety of attractions were constructed, including the dance hall shown here.12_Venice_photo_postcard_3_manDowney, a city southeast of downtown Los Angeles, is seen here in 1875, just two years after the railroad reached the community.15_Los_Angeles_14

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Kids Under 12 Now Party At New York's Hottest Nightclubs — And No, We're Not Kidding


crowd at Fuzipop event

New York has a new club for under-aged partiers, but you have to be younger than 12 to get in.

CNN Money ran a story today about a new company called Fuzipop that puts together dance parties for children at major nightclubs around Manhattan.

Held once a month for children ages 6-12 and their parents, the three-hour dance parties typically cost $20 for a parent and child to get in, and $60 for a family of four. A 9-year-old child DJs the events (it's not clear whether he or she was trained at Brooklyn's baby DJ school), and professional dancers help keep kids entertained. The kids get down with glow sticks and guzzle juice boxes — seriously.

A CNN Money reporter recently attended one such party at the West Village’s Pink Elephant on a Sunday afternoon, where just 12 hours earlier, the crowd was a lot less wholesome.

The scene she described sounds plain awful

Inside, parents lined up the full cash bar as their kids leaped around the dance floor shouting out the words to "What Does the Fox Say."

The tables usually reserved for VIPs ordering pricey bottle service were littered with champagne glasses and juice boxes. The bartender, who's used to serving a liquored-up, over-21 crowd on Saturday nights, was surprised by how much the parents were imbibing. The most popular drink that afternoon was vodka.

Here's a video of the party, if you're having a hard time picturing it:

Fuzipop says on its website that its goal is to “inspire the next generation of DJs, music producers, artists, dancers and music business moguls. Growing up in New York City is a unique one-of-a-kind experience and city kids deserve an event of the same stature.”

The idea behind the events may be to get children into music, but we have a feeling these parties are more for their parents. One mother at the April Fuzipop event told CNN Money that Fuzipop lets parents "live vicariously through our kids, and we can all blow off steam together."

That seems more like it.

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Why People Are Choosing River Cruises Over Traditional Ocean Liners


Viking Rivers Cruise ship

The river cruise industry is booming. Travel agents have seen a huge demand for river cruises, with more than 61% of travelers booking river cruises, according to the Cruise Line International Association.

So why are people opting for these river cruises — and why now?

Perhaps it's because these cruises offer a more refined, intimate, and cultural experience than the behemoth ocean liners. They also allow guests to embark right in the center of the cities, and enjoy coastal scenery of the riverbanks the entire ride.

Luxury cruise ship operator, Viking River Cruises, has carved a niche for itself as the premiere river cruise ship company. It's grown at an average rate of 31% per year — far more than its river cruise competitors, which have grown at about 11% per year. (Compare that to ocean liners, which are only growing at an average rate of 5% per year.) 

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, attributes the growth of Viking to the fact that people seem to be losing interest in the massive ocean cruises and opting for a more intimate cruising experience.

"In the ocean industry, the ships have become huge, and people don’t necessarily go on ocean trips to see places," Hagen said. "They’re sick and tired of big ships. River cruising is a much better way of traveling. They're small ships, and you can go from Amsterdam to Budapest, dock in the middle of town with no queues,  and there's something to see all along the way. It's a huge difference."

To demonstrate the difference, Hagen called ocean cruising "a drinking man’s cruise" and river cruising "a thinking man’s cruise." 

A trip with Viking is a full cultural immersion. There are lectures, language lessons, and unique activities and demonstrations like cuckoo-clock-making, that are meant to shed light on the destinations visited. Even the food aboard the ship reflects the local culture, showcasing regional specialties from each destination.

Viking offers trips throughout Europe, Russia, China, and Egypt, and all of their itineraries integrate destination-specific cultural activities. The Waterways of the Tsars itinerary, for example, is a 13-day trip that takes guests from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Guests who book this itinerary will get personal tours of iconic museums like the Hermitage Museum, interesting lectures about Russia, and the chance to interact with locals in their homes.

"We appeal to the upstairs of people," Hagen said. "Sure we serve excellent food, but our tours are really for people to continue to educate themselves. Forty-five percent of our guests have a graduate degree. They’re very interested people who have time."

Viking tours clearly aren't for everyone. A rowdy spring-breaker would not enjoy a history lecture about France. But an intellectually-minded retiree would. (The median age for Viking travelers is 55.)

Viking also offers state-of-the-art green ships with luxurious guest rooms, fine restaurants, and nice extras like putting greens and herb gardens on the deck. But the river ships are small, with a capacity of about 190 passengers.

Another perk? The fact that everything — excursions, meals, alcohol, Wi-Fi and more — is included in the initial booking price. 

Viking recently added 16 new ships, and they're planning to add another 10 more by 2016. They're dominating the river cruise industry, and that's probably because the company has spent more than $500 million on marketing — you may have seen their ads on "Downton Abbey."

"I think river cruising has a bright future," Hagen said. "Ocean cruising will continue to grow too, but at a much slower rate. They’re bigger ships and a bigger, more mature industry. We’re newer. We have a great product, and we will continue to build as fast as we can — like hell." 

SEE ALSO: These Luxurious New River Cruise Ships Are Taking Over The Travel Industry

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Retro Video Shows Disney's Vision For The Future Of Transportation


disney highway of the future tube

Walt Disney loved to predict what the future would look like, whether it was in the form of city layouts or clever inventions.

It was not uncommon for Disney and his Imagineers, as they were known, to put together short cartoons that showcased their vision. In 1958, they created the cartoon “Disney’s Magic Highway,” which had a lot of interesting predictions about how cars and highways would evolve (first spotted at The Atlantic Cities).

Here are some of their coolest predictions:

Airborne emergency units will combine the services of the police, fire departments, and ambulances. The flying vehicles will quickly airlift injured passengers, put out fires, and remove car wrecks from the road.

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Highways will be built by huge machines that use tools such as fast-drying cement and “atomic heat” to build roads quicker than ever. Here’s one tunneling through a mountain:

disney transportation of the future gif

Self-driving cars with TVs and other amenities will be all the rage: 

disney transportation of the future gif

The cars will separate into parts, thereby allowing different passengers the ability to go to a variety of destinations. Below, a family separates: “father to his office, and mother and son to the shopping center." Classic 1950s Disney — ladies be shoppin'!

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"Radium heat" will keep highway surfaces dry in rain, ice, and snow.

disney transportation of the future gif

If visibility is low, windshields will transform into a radar screen and display the outline of what's in front of the car.

disney transportation of the future gif

There will be lots of cool vehicles, some that go underwater and some that are powered by jets. Coolest of all, there will be "the sun-powered electro-suspension car, which needs no wheels.”

disney transportation of the future gif

Ultimately, Disney believed highways were the future and would connect people around the world. You can see his full vision below:

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The Most Outrageous Fashion Trends Spotted At Coachella


Kendall Jenner Nose Ring

In recent years, the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become as much a fashion show as it is about the music.

This year, trends on the fields included furry boots, floral headpieces, large hats, cut-off shorts, embellished sunglasses, and even one giant nose ring.

But when it's nearly 100 degrees in the desert on the outskirts of Palm Springs, clothing is limited — and sometimes, optional.

Coachella-goers bring out their craziest and most colorful outfits for the three-day festival in the hot desert.

Some friends like to pick themes — like America.

Or crop tops.

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This Genius Door Handle Could Help Stop Doctors From Spreading Dangerous Bacteria


Nurse using hand sanitizer door handle

Hospitals aren't always safe places.

In 2011, more than 700,000 people got an infection while they were in a U.S. hospital, according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's one out of every 25 patients. Approximately 75,000 of those patients died during their hospitalization.

That's actually an improvement since 2002, but there's clearly far to go. One simple and effective way to help stop these infections is better hygiene.

But since hand sanitizer dispensers and hand-washing stations all over hospitals are too frequently ignored, a British studio named Agency of Design has come up with an elegant solution — a refillable sanitizer dispenser that can be fitted to door handles, as shown on Wired.

Here's how they see it working:

hand sanitizer door handle.gif"We wanted to make the interaction as simple as possible, trying to make it almost subconscious," Agency of Design co-founder Rich Gilbert told Wired.

By connecting the sanitizer to a door that someone is already passing through, using it can become a habit, a natural step. "You're already holding it, so you might as well use the other hand to dispense sanitizer," Gilbert said.

The handles, designed for Altitude Medical and named PullClean, will cost $200 and will start shipping later this year.

They'll have an additional feature to help hospital administrators out: sensors connected to a web application, which will report how frequently sanitizer is dispensed, compared to how frequently the doors were opened.

Here's a video from Vimeo by Agency of Design that shows how easily germs can be picked up, and how the device will work:

PullClean from The Agency Of Design on Vimeo.

SEE ALSO: In Our Post-Antibiotic Future, Almost Anything Could Kill You

BAD BACTERIA: 'Nightmare Bacteria' Kills Up To Half Of Infected Patients

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These Luxurious New River Cruise Ships Are Taking Over The Travel Industry


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Unlike the bloated, gimmicky ocean liners that cart hoards of tourists around the Caribbean, river cruises offer a more refined and intimate experience.

And travelers are taking note, as the river cruising industry is booming, with a 10% increase in river cruise passengers in the last 5 years.

Viking River Cruises has carved a niche for itself as the premiere luxury river cruise ship operator.

The cruise company recently unveiled 16 new Longships that travel all over Europe, exploring different cities like Amsterdam, Belgrade, and Budapest on the famous rivers like Rhine and Danube. 

On board and off, a trip with Viking River Cruises is a full cultural immersion, with talks and activities that shed light on the destinations, such as cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving, cooking classes, wine tastings, and dance performances.

The new Viking Longships are 443 feet long, and carry 190 guests in 95 staterooms.

When you're on board, you can explore their library, boutique, observation lounge, and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

Guests can enjoy a series of multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit.

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The Business Traveler's Guide To Charlotte, NC


charlotte north carolina skyline

Aside from being known as NASCAR's unofficial hometown and having near-idyllic weather, not a lot is said about North Carolina's largest city.

But Charlotte, home to Bank of America, is actually the second-largest banking center in the U.S., after New York City, and is a hub for many other banks and energy firms.

And the city has a lot more to offer than chain restaurants and shiny skyscrapers. Here are some great attractions to check out next time you find yourself on a business trip to "Queen City."

For a hearty southern breakfast, try the Terrace Cafe. With locations in both Ballantyne Village and Southpark, it should be nearby no matter where you stay. And if your morning is packed, no worries — they serve breakfast (including red velvet waffles) all day long.

4625 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte, NC. & 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC. terracecafecharlotte.com


Have a break between meetings? Drop by Ballantyne Village, a boutique shopping center in south Charlotte. It includes an art house theater, dozens of restaurants, and a fitness center, in addition to high-end shopping.

14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC. ballantynevillage.com


Or enjoy the city's gorgeous weather with a stroll around 98-acre Freedom Park, which is home to 12 tennis courts, a band shell, and a 7-acre lake.

1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. charmeck.org



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The Best Hotels In Rome


When your plans lead to Rome, one of the most quintessential travel destinations, you can unpack your bags in a turn-of-the-century palace at the top of the Spanish Steps (where Grace Kelly honeymooned).

You can also settle into a 1960-era hotel with a three-Michelin-starred restaurant on Rome's highest hill.

With so many properties vying for your attention among the bustling piazzas and winding side streets, let us point you to the worthiest Roman hotels, as chosen by T+L readers in our annual World's Best Awards survey.

1. Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie RomeThis hotel — an updated 19th-century palazzo with 122 rooms and phenomenal terraced gardens set between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps — makes sophistication look easy. Open since 2000, it’s become a favorite of Hollywood elite, and it’s easy to see why.

It's got a great location near some of the city’s best shopping on Via Condotti; luxe accommodations in a thoughtfully refurbished landmark building; a rare urban oasis of green; and concierges who know the ins and outs of every neighborhood in Rome.

Its distinctive modern interiors are an eclectic mix of pastels, handsome dark woods, and walls accented with Mapplethorpe photography; there’s even an on-site spa with Turkish bath.

The respected on-site restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, but guests wax most poetic about the hotel’s tiered hillside garden studded with classical statues; to add to its oasis-like feel, there’s even a butterfly sanctuary. The view is especially pleasant in summer, when the lively Stravinskij martini bar offers alfresco sipping under the palms.

2. Hotel Hassler Roma

Hotel Hassler RomaGrace Kelly honeymooned at this turn-of-the-century palace at the top of the Spanish Steps, and it’s still the hotel of choice for many of today’s celebs and stylish tastemakers in search of old-world elegance (Gwyneth, TomKat, and Victoria Beckham are all regulars).

Renowned for its personalized service, the Hassler is a family affair; a place where guest relations are taken very seriously.

The 95 stately rooms are a checklist of classic good taste, with elaborate moldings, gilded furniture, French silks, 16th-century antiques, Limoges porcelain, playful frescoes, and marble, marble, marble, plus mod cons like flat-screen TV’s.

Imàgo, its modern Italian restaurant, has heart-stopping views of St. Peter’s Basilica and Rome’s terracotta-tiled roofs. And the concierges can accommodate just about any request, including mapping out routes through the Villa Borghese gardens, near the hotel.

3. Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Rome CavalieriThree miles outside the city center, this sprawling 1960 urban hotel with a 15-acre private park sits atop the highest hill in Rome, offering sweeping city views. (An efficient shuttle ferries guests to and from the city center.)

Despite its mod exterior, the hotel exudes culture and sophistication; works from owner Angelo Guido Terruzzi’s art collection, which includes an original Tiepolo, adorn the halls.

The 370 rooms are generously proportioned, with suites and Imperian floor rooms offering the most space (and style), in addition to a private elevator and a stable of business-friendly amenities.

There’s an on-site spa and gym (and the city’s largest pool), but the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, La Pergola — and chef Heinz Beck’s white asparagus au gratin with Parmesan mousse — is reason enough to consider this “out of the way” location.

4. Westin Excelsior, Rome

Westin Excelsior RomeWith prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906. Guest rooms in the 281-room, 35-suite hotel feature damask wall and window coverings, crystal chandeliers, and either a gold-tan-mustard inflected Biedermeier style or gold-cream-wine hued Empire style decor.

Common areas are equally as lavish with antiques, enormous chandeliers, and expanses of marble on floors and walls. Chef James Foglieni's Doney Restaurant serves a regional Italian menu and boasts a sidewalk patio right on Via Veneto.

5. St. Regis Grand Hotel 

St. Regis Grand Hotel RomeThis opulent 19th-century landmark palace opened by César Ritz and designed by architect Giulio Podesti, a 10-minute walk from the Via Veneto, made the most of its $35 million restoration in 2007. 

Guests step into a luxurious haven, with hand-painted frescoes forming dramatic backdrops to tufted guest-room headboards, 24-hour “e-butler” service, and chandeliers made from hand-blown Murano glass.

The 161 ravishing rooms feature décor from the Italo-Franco Louis XVI, Regency, and Empire periods and furniture evocative of the Mediterranean’s regal lineage from all eras; expect rich velvets, inlaid woods, carved marble, and fine Pratesi linens.

Bathrooms come with travertine marble and Laura Tonatto toiletries, while the on-site health club (accessed via the hotel’s original wrought-iron elevator) is state of the art. If dining in, book a table in the cozy wine cellar of the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Vivendo.

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THE MUSTANG TURNS 50: Here Are 11 Moments That Made It The Ultimate American Car


1964 World's Fair Ford Exhibit 1965 Mustang

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Ford unveiling the first true pony car — the Mustang.

Here's a look back at 11 key moments from the past 50 years that helped make the Mustang the ultimate symbol of the American car.

1964: In April, the very first Mustang, the 1965 model, made its debut at the World's Fair in New York City. It was a smash hit from the start: Ford took 22,000 orders the first day, and had sold a million within two years. Price: $2,368.

1964: Later that year, the Mustang made its film debut in "Goldfinger," driven by villain Tilly Masterson. It loses out to Bond's Aston Martin DB5 after a chase through the Swiss Alps.

1965: In 1964, Ford asked Carroll Shelby to create a performance version of the Mustang that would also be street-legal. The result was the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, a fastback model whose 289-cubic inch V8 engine produced 306 horsepower.

1968 Mustang Fastback GT 390 bullitt replica

1968: Steve McQueen hopped behind the wheel of a 1968 Mustang GT390 for one of the most famous car chase scenes in cinema, a 10-minute nail-biter through the streets of San Francisco, in "Bullitt."

1971: The Mustang hits peak size, ending up a foot longer and 600 pounds heavier than the original.

1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra

1974:Ford slimmed down the pony car, introducing the Mustang II. The new version was 19 inches shorter and 490 pounds lighter than the outgoing 1973 model, and reflected Americans' growing concerns about fuel economy after the 1973 oil crisis.

1979: Facing an "identity crisis," according to Ford, the Mustang's designers used the automaker's "Fox" body to make the 1979 Mustang, a longer, taller, and simpler car than the Mustang II.

1984: The limited production Mustang SVO brought a host of technical advances to the line, with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that boosted performance.

1987: Ford decided to base the new Mustang on a front wheel drive Mazda, then backed off after a public outcry. Instead, it put out a rear-wheel drive car with a major face lift and a V8 engine that pumped out 225 horsepower.

1994: In the early 1990s, Ford considered killing the Mustang. It decided to press ahead, and for its 30th birthday, gave the Mustang its first major redesign in 15 years.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2013: With the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500, Ford gave America the world's most powerful V8-powered production car.

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The 25 Coolest Small Businesses In Washington, DC


green hat distillery

A host of politicians, world leaders, nonprofit powerhouses, and creative minds call the nation's capital home. It's where global change takes shape and history is made.

Those changemakers eat, drink, and shop like the rest of us, and local businesses serve up all they could want and more.

Washington, D.C.'s bustling small-business scene has everything from a Prohibition-inspired gin distillery to a coffee shop that uses technology to roast its beans to perfection.

The Big Board

421 H Street NE

What it is: A bar that prices drinks based on current market value.

Why it's cool: The Big Board treats beer like a commodity: The price of beer changes depending on the current supply and demand in the market, just like stocks. Beers are listed on a big board — hence the name — that displays the prices in real time, so if you're lucky you may pay less for the same beer than the guy who walks in after you.

Bits of Thread

1794 Columbia Road NW, #6

What it is: A sewing studio out to revive D.C.'s crafting scene.

Why it's cool: Bits of Thread is proving that crafting is not a dead hobby. This Adams Morgan-located sewing studio teaches group and private sewing lessons, holds open sewing sessions, and sells all the things you need to make anything out of fabric. It's also bringing more kids around to this fun and useful skill with lessons designed for smaller fingers.

The Codmother

1334 U Street NW

What it is: A combination dive bar and fish-and-chips shop.

Why it's cool: Inspired by punk, this underground pub place pays homage to The Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious while serving up some of the best beer-battered fish and chips the capital has to offer. It tries to serve only female cod, which it says has better meat and also perfectly complements the cheap PBR/whiskey specials.

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50 Years Ago, This Was The Advice A 'Charm School Handbook' Gave To Teenage Girls


wards wendy 1966 pleasantfamilyshoppingIn the 1960s and 70s, the Montgomery Ward's department stores offered something called the Wendy Ward Charm School for teenage girls.

Once a week the girls would meet in a room above the department store and, according to a WWCS graduate, "spend a couple of hours learning how to paint our nails, walk and sit with good posture and conduct ourselves like ladies."

The classes would end with a fashion show.

Each attendee received a handbook.

Wendy Ward

Remember, the book was written for young girls in the 60s, which means it was written in the mindset of a girl who grew up in the 40s and 50s. 

The advice is dated. Like this image below, informing young women that it isn't just about what you say but "how you sound." 

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

But not all of the advice is terrible; just old. Here, the handbook reminds a young woman that it's her unique characteristics that make her appealing (ahem, to men.) 

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

Kari Martin-Rollins, 25, recently posted some of these photos on Facebook and allowed Business Insider to post the snaps she took of the handbook.

Martin-Rollins writes,

When my mom was a little girl, she briefly attended [Wendy Ward] charm school, which was apparently more of a norm in the 1960s. She just came across her manual from this program, and we both got a kick out of going through it. Here is a page about developing 'feminine appeal', copyright exactly 50 years ago.

Wendy Ward Charm School First

We dug through the photos Martin-Rollins sent us and found some of the best pages with the most dated advice, like the section on "how to talk to boys."

It reads: "If you saw a movie and you liked a movie, say "I liked the movie, but I'm not sure I understand all they were trying to say." This gives him a chance to be very manly and explain things to you."

Also, don't forget to help boys by making them think you're impressed by them!

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

Trying to lose weight? The handbook regards you as a "dumpling."

"Learn to love the foods that make you pretty," the book reads.

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

Not so fast, "string beans." There are tips here for you, too. You get to eat bread before you fall asleep. 

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

"Don't telephone a boy — even if he asks you too. This is sure "social" suicide," the handbook says.

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

Standard etiquette rules are offered:

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

As well as a page called "Your Legs And You."

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

The book suggests pinning back your ears if you have big ears.

Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook

There's also this great section on getting a date. The advice starts out somewhat timeless, stating men aren't that different than women emotionally — we all want to be loved. 

Then you get down to the bottom of the page.


Wendy Ward Charm School Handbook



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This Awesome New Food Market Is Worth A Trip Deep Into Hell's Kitchen


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Imagine if your dining room was 15,000 square feet and contained eight miniature restaurants, staffed by world-renowned chefs serving artisanal food and drink, all day, every day.

This is the unusual amenity enjoyed by tenants of Gotham West, the new luxury apartment complex tucked into the back pocket of Hell's Kitchen.

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Located way out on 11th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, Gotham West Market is a large, glassed-in food market spanning the ground floor. It exists because of the building's inconvenient address. When the developers were designing it, they wanted to include a high-quality, immersive dining experience for tenants (and to lure prospective renters so far west).

They reached out to several specialty grocers, who were all turned off by the odd space configuration, said Christopher Jaskiewicz, chief operating officer of Gotham Organization, Inc. "So we decided to curate our own market," Jaskiewicz told Business Insider. His team spoke with 50 operations before narrowing it down to an elite nine, which would set up shop inside (Little Chef has since left the building).

So far, it's working. From the moment patrons walk through the glass doors, Gotham West Market offers an immersive experience, allowing visitors to watch as their food is prepared before their eyes, and providing direct access to the cooks' encyclopedic knowledge of the menu. It has become not just a convenient dining option for tenants, but a destination for all New Yorkers, including the business lunch crowd, weekend travelers, and tourists.

So if people are going out of their way to sample the gourmet purveyors, is Gotham West Market really a food court after all?

"We never use the word 'food court' because of the connotation it has," Jaskiewicz says. "But if someone wrote 'the best food court ever built,' we'd take that. Maybe we are."

Gotham West Market gives neighbors and tourists alike a reason to venture deep into Hell's Kitchen. It's located way out on 11th Ave., between 44th and 45th St.

This dining destination exists because of its inconvenient address. The developers of Gotham West, the new luxury apartment complex sitting above and behind the market, aimed to lure renters by providing a quality, one-of-a-kind dining experience under their own roof.

Forget your preconceived notions of food court fare. Gotham West Market features eight premiere artisanal food purveyors, plus a bike shop and beer locker.

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The 5 Classic Cocktails That Everyone Should Know How To Make


Sipping on a well-made cocktail is one of life’s simple pleasures.

But we shouldn’t have to go to a bar to get a precise and well-proportioned cocktail — every one of us should know how to make one at home.

Below you'll find five simple, classic recipes for an old-fashioned, a dry martini, a margarita, a mojito, and a Long Island iced tea. These five drinks represent a range of liquors and cocktail preferences, and will serve you well at all future parties.

Drink responsibly.

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47% Of The United States Has Absolutely No Inhabitants [MAP]


mapsbynik population united statesNik Freeman has created an awesome map that shows the areas in the U.S. where absolutely no one lives.

Using statistics from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Freeman used green to color in census blocks with no reported residents. (We first spotted it on The Washington Post Know More blog).

“The United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks,” Freeman explained on his Tumblr. “Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47% of the USA remains unoccupied.”

Most of the green shading highlights areas where human habitation is either restrictive (lakes, rivers, floodplains, mountains, etc) or prohibited by social or legal convention (wilderness protected states, recreational areas such as state parks, and more). 

“Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States,” Freeman wrote. “Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.”

You can see more of his maps on his Tumblr or at his website.

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Florida Mansion Built For 19th Century Robber Baron's Nephew On Sale For $5 Million


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Ever felt like living like a member of a dynasty? This Florida property, originally christened by a member of the Carnegie family, can give you that feeling for just $5 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the listing, the home was built for the nephew of steel industry tycoon Andrew Carnegie in 1924.

The four-bedroom river-front mansion sits on 22 acres, boasts 22-foot ceilings, a billiard room, ice cream parlor and its own private dock.

This historic home is listed with Deb Duvall of Water Pointe Realty. 

The waterfront home is located in Stuart, Fla., and was reportedly nicknamed 'Lucinda' by Mr. Carnegie. Citrus, mango and avocado trees surround the approximately 8,170-square-foot home.

Another view of the entrance.

A lovely aerial view of the property.

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Here's The Math Formula To Pick The Perfect Spouse




Some people believe that when you find the right person you just know. The rest of us could use a little help figuring out how to choose the right spouse.

You can actually optimize your chances of marrying the best person using the solution to the famous Secretary Problem. This problem has many applications (including how to choose the best secretary), but this one is the most fun.

Research and voice-over by Sara Silverstein. Produced by Sam Rega.

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