Everything Has a History

  • Muscle Motion

    Everything Has a History

    Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Sep 29, 2021

    The Chippendales, an all-male striptease show, were a mainstay of 1980s material culture, even appearing in a popular at-home fitness video.
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass

    Everything Has a History

    Sherri Sheu | Aug 26, 2021

    Billy Bass might be considered mere kitsch, but dismissing this singing fish would ignore some critical linkages between culture and environment. 
  • Clothing Scrapbook

    Everything Has a History

    Dina Kalman Spoerl | Apr 27, 2021

    Hannah Ditzler Alspaugh's clothing scrapbook chronicles a half-century of fabric swatches, with descriptions noting when each item was worn, for...
  • A Crocodile’s Gaze

    Everything Has a History

    Danielle Alesi | Mar 30, 2021

    Crocodiles have been our gods, predators, commodities, and pests, and though they inhabited this planet long before us, our histories are intertwined.

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  • The Fateh Al-Khayr

    Fahad Ahmad Bishara | Feb 25, 2021

    The transnational history of the Fateh Al-Khayr, a pre-oil-era dhow, is in tension with its future as a symbol of Kuwait's national past. 
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s Illustrated Envelope

    Alexandra F. Levy | Jan 28, 2021

    A hand-illustrated envelope connected one budding historian to her mother and Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy.
  • The Faema E61 Espresso Machine

    Jonathan Morris | Dec 23, 2020

    How a mini espresso machine redefined coffee, its brewing technology, and the business models that it supported.
  • Protose Cutlets

    Adam Shprintzen | Nov 25, 2020

    Everything has a history, including Protose cutlets, an early 20th-century meat substitute.
  • Porcelain Pigments

    Elisabeth Berry Drago | Oct 28, 2020

    A set of colorful porcelain paints reveals a gendered history of artistic production.
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