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How the church-building boom of the 19th century began

A public body or institution decides it will embark on an ambitious building programme, perhaps a commemoration of an event in the nation’s history. It earmarks a sum of money from its apparently deep ... read more

The Backlash Against Plastic Straws Is Spreading. Here’s How They Got So Popular in the First Place

Commoners from ancient times until the middle of the 19th century used more accessible materials for their ... his paper-and-wax straw became a standby at the rising number of soda foundations that be... read more

Wine Talk: First family of Greek wine

In both Greece and Israel, a modern wine industry was revived in the 19th century, with names like Achaia Clauss ... situated in the Macedonia region in the north of the country, he began arguably Gre... read more

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Here are the richest suburbs of each of America's 35 biggest cities

Basically a wealthy enclave tucked inside a wealthy enclave wrapped up in Chicago's premier North Shore enclave, it was originally purchased by Joseph Sears in the late 19th century to be built ... th... read more

The Origins of Futurism

Modern futurism began at the dawn of the 20th century with a series of ... By that criterion, the greatest futurist of the 19th century was not H.G. Wells, but the French cartoonist Albert Robida. Rob... read more

The staggering rise of India’s super-rich

Nirav Modi began building a global chain of jewellery stores. Stock markets boomed. From 2004 to 2014, India enjoyed the fastest expansion in its history, averaging growth of more than 8% a year. The ... read more

How your eyes trick your mind

The real boom in studying illusions began in the 19th Century. A school of scientists who studied perception – among many other things – created simple illusions to shed light on how the brain perceiv... read more

The rapid ascent of India’s super-rich

To make India more accessible to the western investor, Crabtree draws an analogy between America’s Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century — that plutocratic ... This sudden enrichment was the resul... read more

'I Know How Far I Can Go': Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Challenges In Brazil

Only within the last six years did Brazil begin requiring affirmative action policies in ... "This strategy has been around since the 19th century, when some black Brazilians would team up to buy othe... read more

South Philly developer Ori Feibush changes course, plans to demolish 19th-century church

“We are writing to inform you that we expect to begin demolishing our church on Monday ... The struggle underscores how difficult preservation in Philadelphia remains. Saving the church building, whic... read more

Exhibition relives acclaimed Minmi artist Bill Freeman's love of local history

Through the later years of the 19th Century, the town flourished ... serving the hundreds of miners and their families living locally. The boom times faded, and so did Minmi. Many of the buildings rus... read more

How Sneakers Intersect With Recent American History

The boom was fueled by a series of fitness crazes, beginning with “pedestrian fever” in the mid-19th century, when spectators filled New ... to satisfy most curious outsiders. The modern era began in ... read more

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