Archive: Hunter Oatman-Stanford

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Lost and Found: Mudlarking the Thames for Relics of Long-Ago Londoners


Bottled Up: Three Centuries of Whimsey Constructed Within Walls of Glass


In Their Own Words: Unpublished Children’s Notebooks Reveal Poignant View of History



Letters of the Damned: Exorcising the Curse of the Petrified Forest



Nevertheless, They Persisted: How a London Women’s Collective Turned Anger Into Art



True West: Searching for the Familiar in Early Photos of L.A. and San Francisco




Demolishing the California Dream: How San Francisco Planned Its Own Housing Crisis




Make It Work: Street Style for the Sensitive German Renaissance Man



From Yosemite to Bears Ears, Erasing Native Americans From U.S. National Parks



Epic Ink: How Japanese Warrior Prints Popularized the Full-Body Tattoo



Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice



Furniture of the Future: Victorian New York’s Most Visionary Designer Loved His Machines



That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers



The Art of War: Exquisite Chess Sets Once Captured the Game’s Global Heritage



When Medieval Monks Couldn’t Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line




From Hospital Gowns to Paper Couture: The Unlikely Origins of ’60s Disposable Dresses




Subversive Sounds: The Straight Men Who Made America’s First Gay Record




Mechanical Movements of the Cold War: How the Soviets Revolutionized Wristwatches




Space Oddity: David Bowie’s Secret Obsession With ’80s Memphis Design



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Unusual Suspects: Finding the Humanity in Vintage Mugshots



The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall




Sacred Anatomy: Slicing Open Wax Women in the Name of Science and God




Extreme Shipping: When Express Delivery to California Meant 100 Grueling Days at Sea




Railway Paradise: How a Fine-Dining Empire Made the Southwest Palatable to Outsiders





Why Are America’s Most Innovative Companies Still Stuck in 1950s Suburbia?




Visiting Scarfolk, the Most Spectacular Dystopia of the 1970s



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Our Pungent History: Sweat, Perfume, and the Scent of Death



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Ordinary Beauty: How ‘Folk Art’ Challenged the Art World to Get Real




The War on Christmas Cards: Dead Robins, Used Paperclips, and Other Secular Greetings




The Politics of Prejudice: How Passports Rubber-Stamp Our Indifference to Refugees




Coin-Op Cuisine: When the Future Tasted Like a Five-Cent Slice of Pie



When Book Lovers Guarded Their Prized Possessions With Tiny Artworks




Don’t Panic: Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Since Gutenberg



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The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair




Drunk History: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of All-American Whiskey



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Let There Be Light Bulbs: How Incandescents Became the Icons of Innovation




Cooking With Glass: How Pyrex Transformed Every Kitchen Into a Home-Ec Lab



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Fashion to Die For: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?




The Magician Who Astounded the World by Conjuring Spirits and Talking with Mummies




How a Colorado Family Built a Home for the World’s Weirdest, Most Beautiful Bugs




From Rubble to Riches: The World’s Fair That Raised San Francisco From the Ashes



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When Rock ‘n’ Roll Loomed Large Over the Sunset Strip




How the Military Waged a Graphic-Design War on Venereal Disease



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A Shock of Schiaparelli: The Surreal Provocateur Who Forever Altered Fashion




The Relic Hunters Who Saved American History



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Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World’s Tiniest Photographs




World’s Foremost Bedpan Collector Celebrates Objects Most People Pooh-Pooh




Circling the Globe With the Mid-20th Century’s Most Brilliant Matchbox Art




Cache of Historic Newspapers Unveils the Mysteries of Old New Orleans




The Struggle in Black and White: Activist Photographers Who Fought for Civil Rights



Bloodletting, Bone Brushes, and Tooth Keys: White-Knuckle Adventures in Early Dentistry




What America Can Learn From Berlin’s Struggle to Face Its Violent Past



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Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts




Tiki Hangover: Unearthing the False Idols of America’s South Seas Fantasy



Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World’s Most Misunderstood Cards




Straight Razors and Social Justice: The Empowering Evolution of Black Barbershops




Guys and Dolls: Veteran Toy Designer Wrestles With the Industry’s Gender Divide




Meet the Irreverent Librarian Who’s Taking on the Music Nerds



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These Chopines Weren’t Made for Walking: Precarious Platforms for Aristocratic Feet




Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends: The Toxic History of Soda Pop




Who Were the First Teenagers?




Murder Machines: Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year




Crush the Best-Dressed List: Our Style Guide to a Century of Dazzling Party Dresses



L.A.’s Wildest Cafeteria Served Utopian Fantasy With a Side of Enchiladas




Dark Art: Spectacular Illusions from the Golden Age of Magic




Artisanal Advertising: Reviving the Tradition of Hand-Painted Signs




Losing Ourselves in Holiday Windows




How Boomboxes Got So Badass



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Retail Therapy: What Mannequins Say About Us



When Housewives Were Seduced by Seaweed




Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage



The World’s First Hunk: Why We’re Obsessed with Muscle Men



Mr. Chemex: The Eccentric Inventor Who Reimagined the Perfect Cup of Coffee



The Real Mermaids of San Marcos, Texas



Geeking Out Over the Bloody Legacy of VHS



Warning! These 1950s Movie Gimmicks Will Shock You



From Little Fanny to Fluffy Ruffles: The Scrappy History of Paper Dolls



A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash



California Cool: How the Wetsuit Became the Surfer’s Second Skin



The Killer Mobile Device for Victorian Women



If These Shirts Could Talk: The Tantalizing Tales Behind Used Clothes



Jockeying for Position: How Boxers and Briefs Got Into Men’s Pants



Coveting The Craziest Cat-People Collectibles



Diablitos in the Details: The Curious Tale of Mexico’s Most Peculiar Pottery



Take That, Instagram: The Enduring Allure of Vintage Snapshots



Dying To Go Retro? This Modern-Day Morticia Gives Death A Makeover



Making, and Eating, the 1950s’ Most Nauseating Jell-O Soaked Recipes



The Truth About Cosby Sweaters



Uncovering Clues in Frida Kahlo’s Private Wardrobe



Please Feed The Meters: The Next Parking Revolution



Toys That Were Made to Be Broken



God Save the Eight-Track



Hello Sailor! The Nautical Roots of Popular Tattoos



Nostalgia is Magic: Tavi Gevinson Remixes Teen Culture



Read My Rings: The Oldest Living Tree Tells All



Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients



War and Prosthetics: How Veterans Fought for the Perfect Artificial Limb



20 Halloween Costumes So Unsexy, They’re Downright Scary



Sex! Gore! Scary Monsters! Attack of the Mexican B-Movie Ads



In Pursuit of the Great American Jean



Meet the Man Who Made Cowboys Love Rhinestones



Style Gone Wild: Why We Can’t Shake the 1970s



Cool for Sale, From Beatnik Bongos to Hipster Specs



Before Rockwell, a Gay Artist Defined the Perfect American Male



What Were We Thinking? The Top 10 Most Dangerous Ads



Getting It On: The Covert History of the American Condom



There Goes the Neighborhood: Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert


Before Camping Got Wimpy: Roughing It With the Victorians



Tough Cookies: The Treats That Fueled a Century of Girl Scouts



Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes



Not Your Grandma’s Cuckoo: Decapitating, Rat-Eating Clocks of the Black Forest


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