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Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

The first Ferris wheel by George Ferris. Build by George Ferris and sometimes known as The Chicago Wheel, it opened to the public on June 21, 1893, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

The first Ferris wheel by George Ferris. Build by George Ferris and sometimes known as The Chicago Wheel, it opened to the public on June 21, 1893, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Female worker bottling ketchup at the original Heinz factory circa 1897. Pittsburgh, PA.

Female worker bottling ketchup at the original Heinz factory circa 1897. Pittsburgh, PA. [600 x 582]

Female worker bottling ketchup at the original Heinz factory circa 1897. Pittsburgh, PA.

During the 1890s many people in upper- and middle-class society were unaware of the dangerous conditions in the slums among poor immigrants. Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant who himself could not originally find much work, hoped to expose the squalor of the 19th-century Lower East Side of Manhattan.

During the 1890s many people in upper- and middle-class society were unaware of the dangerous conditions in the slums among poor immigrants. Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant who himself could not originally find much work, hoped to expose the squalor of the 19th-century Lower East Side of Manhattan.

A carousel ride to go. Children's Delight - Brooklyn, NY circa 1910

17 Vintage Thrill Rides Of Questionable Safety

A carousel ride to go. Children's Delight - Brooklyn, NY circa 1910

1850 "Classroom in the Emerson School for Girls" photograph. Albert Sands Southworth  (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)

1850 "Classroom in the Emerson School for Girls" photograph. Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)

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