The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Javanese Princess (Part II)

In 1905, Gretha began exotic dancing. It inspired her and triggered a radical reinvention of herself. In a flash, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod was gone forever, and in her place was a Javanese princess named Mata Hari. The name Mata Hari gave herself is Malaysian, and translates to “Eye of the Sun”. And somehow, in…

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The Fierce Style – and Lovely Hats – of Alice Roosevelt Longworth

An impertinent dignitary once suggested to President Theodore Roosevelt that he control his daughter. “I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice,” TR replied frankly. “I cannot possibly do both.” Alice Roosevelt, the eldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, was a force of nature. She was a rebellious child, who turned…

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A Snapshot in Time (in color!)

Jacob Riis was born in Denmark in 1849, but he became one of the most celebrated American photographers of all time. His starkly beautiful photographs of life in the squalid tenements of New York City, exposed a new world to the upper and middle classes. Even wealthy New Yorkers, who lived just a few blocks…

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