4 Joseph Stalin Facts That Will Surprise You

Joseph Stalin Facts Mugshot Glasses

Wait—he’s wearing sunglasses in his mugshot?!?! Source: Reddit

Josef Stalin was the Adolf Hitler of bloodthirsty dictators. For over 30 years, he wrote pages of Russian history in blood, and when he died he left a huge smoking crater in the middle of the century that, in many ways, has yet to fully close. It might never be known just how many people died under Stalin, but it certainly isn’t less than tens of millions. In his day, Stalin ruled the largest land empire of the modern age, built up a state that went from a feudal monarchy to a Space Age superpower, and tried to breed an army of half-human/half-ape slaves.

Continue Reading

Bombs, Fat Cats And Charlie Chaplin: Here’s What Wall Street Looked Like In The Early 20th Century

At first glance, this street could be just another 0.7-mile long stretch of road in the middle of a bustling city. But it’s so much more than that. Some consider it the heart of New York and, without a doubt, the city’s financial center (and some might say the world’s).

Wall Street and finance are inexorably linked, due in large part to the presence of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, which is by far the biggest stock exchange in the world. Over time, the presence of the NYSE on this particular street ended up attracting other notable financial organizations until Wall Street became the financial juggernaut it is today.

Prev Next 1 of 21
Wall Street Newspaper

At the end of the 19th century, the most important financial publication and the original stock report, the Customer’s Afternoon Letter, changed its name to the Wall Street Journal. This change would be vital in helping people associate Wall Street with stocks and finance. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Dow

At the end of the 19th century, Charles Dow began tracking stocks and, soon enough, his average prices were seen as a trusted benchmark. He would go on to found the Dow Jones & Company financial firm, a staple on Wall Street for over a century. Source: NJ

Wall Street NYSE

The New York Stock Exchange at the beginning of the 20th century. It might just be the most important financial building in the world. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Corner

The famed building on 23 Wall Street. It’s been the JP Morgan bank for most of its existence, but it’s known to most simply as The Corner. It still looks today very much like it did 100 years ago. Source: Finance Bookshelf

Wall Street Bombing

On September 16, 1920, Wall Street saw the deadliest terrorist act in U.S. history up until that point. A wagon with a bomb exploded on the street, killing 38 people and injuring hundreds. Source: New York Daily News

Wall Street Damage

The damage caused by the bomb is still visible on the JP Morgan building today. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Car

Nobody was ever charged with the bombing, although a group of Italian anarchists called Galleanists were thought responsible. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Floor

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the appearance of computers and digital screens. This is the chaotic image most of us have when we think of stock exchanges. Source: Compliance X

Wall Street Trading

The hustle & bustle of the stock exchange trading floor was subdued somewhat once ticker tapes were replaced with computers and digital screens. Source: Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Statue

Wall Street has always been a popular spot for public gatherings. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Chaplin

Celebrities were sometimes brought in to endorse companies and boost sales. Here is a rally on Wall Street where Charlie Chaplin is standing on the shoulders of actor Douglas Fairbanks. Source: Tumblr

Wall Street Hoffman

Notorious political activist Abbie Hoffman staged Wall Street protests in the 60s. Hoffman demonstrated his knowledge of political theater in the late 1960s by leading a group of protesters to Wall Street, where they threw dollar bills onto the trading floor. Predictably, the traders fought each other to pick up every last slice of currency. After this event, Hoffman would later go on to found the Yippies, or the Youth International Party. Source: Al Jazeera

Wall Street Bankers

The 20th century saw the development of numerous skyscrapers dominating the New York skyline. The original Bankers Trust building on 14 Wall Street is one of the oldest. It was built in 1912 and designated a New York landmark in 1997. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Irving

The Irving Trust Company Building to the right. Built in 1929, this building is situated at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway, two of the most famous streets in the world. Its address is 1 Wall Street. Source: Shorpy

Wall Street Church

Believe it or not, Wall Street is not all just financial buildings. The Trinity Church is one of its main attractions. Seen here in 1905, the church used to be an imposing building, but it has since been overshadowed by the skyscrapers built around it. Source: Photographium

Wall Street Crash

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as Black Tuesday, is the most famous (and most devastating) event in the history of the district. It sparked the 10-year long Great Depression. Source: Huffington Post

Wall Street Protest

Contrary to popular belief, the crash made a lot of people miserable but it didn’t lead to a wave of suicides consisting of bankers throwing themselves out windows. Source: Wordpress

Wall Street Riot

Following the crash, the streets of Wall Street became virtually inaccessible to vehicles due to protests and riots Source: Looseness Of Association

Wall Street Washington

George Washington’s statue in front of Federal Hall, just across from the NYSE is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Wall Street. It commemorates the fact that this is where Washington was sworn in as President. Source: Transmorgified

Wall Street Exchange

The look of the New York Stock Exchange has changed little over the last hundred years. Source: Wikipedia

Like this gallery? Share it!

And if you liked this post, be sure to check out these popular posts:

Early 20th Century Saratoga--In Color
Early 20th Century Saratoga--In Color
Early 20th Century Paris In Amazing Color
Early 20th Century Paris In Amazing Color
23 Creepy Halloween Costumes From The Early 20th Century
23 Creepy Halloween Costumes From The Early 20th Century

Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Wall Street has a long history with many significant events taking place, both good and bad. In the 17th century, the actual wall on Wall Street was used as fortifications against Native American tribes. In the early 18th century, Wall Street was the home of the first official slave market in New York City. In that same century, Wall Street served as the background for the inauguration of George Washington, the first presidential inauguration in U.S. history. It wasn’t really until the beginning of the 20th century that Wall Street started thriving as a financial center.

Want to see New York City in its chaotic early days (re: 1928)? Check out this video:

The Bicycle’s Deadly History

Bicycle History Woman

An actual ad from the Victorian era that used a nude woman to supposedly market the penny farthing bicycle to women, even though few women rode them
Source: Barntique Store

It may surprise you to learn that the history of the bicycle doesn’t actually begin with the penny farthing. In 1817, Karl Drais discovered that he could align two wheels and create a vehicle that could be propelled by a man’s (and they were a gentlemen-only vehicle) feet, allowing him to travel up to 14 mph. The Draisine, nicknamed the “dandy horse,” came and went fairly quickly.

Continue Reading

Close Pop-in
Like All That Is Interesting

Get The Most Fascinating Content On The Web In Your Facebook & Twitter Feeds