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In 1822 Richard Sears was working as a railroad station agent when a shipment of watches was dropped off at the station. Here is how Richard Sears turned discarded watches into a billion dollar company.

A Pullman porter assisting a passenger. Pullman porters were men hired to work on the railroads as porters on sleeping cars. Starting shortly after the American Civil War, George Pullman sought out former slaves to work on his sleeper cars. Pullman porters served American railroads for 100 years from the late 1860s until the late 1960s.

Starting shortly after the Civil War, George Pullman sought out former slaves to work as porters on his railroad sleeper cars. Pullman porters served until the late

The Columbian Exposition was lit up like an overloaded Christmas Tree, especially at night. Brighter than Coney Island's Luna Park. This was all thanks to Thomas Edison and his staff's development of the electric light bulb and thanks to Tesla's further advancements. Light was everywhere for this fair. Millions of lights were used, making Chicago the home to The White City, the core of the exposition.

World's Fair: The Imperial White City - Chicago, 1893

The Columbian Exposition was lit up like an overloaded Christmas Tree, especially at night. Brighter than Coney Island's Luna Park. This was all thanks to Thomas Edison and his staff's development of the electric light bulb and thanks to Tesla's further advancements. Light was everywhere for this fair. Millions of lights were used, making Chicago the home to The White City, the core of the exposition.

May Pierstorff became the only child in history to be mailed.  In 1914 the parents of 4-year-old May Pierstorff needed to send their daughter to stay with her grandmother in Idaho, 100 miles away. The couple took the little girl to the post office and told the clerk they wanted to mail their daughter.  The clerk thought they were crazy, but finding no policy, rule, or law against it, he accommodated the family.

TIL after the USPS began offering parcel post, numerous poor families used the service to mail their children to relatives. One girl was mailed to her grandmother 73 miles away for just 53 cents.

Stunning Image of Navy Pier, Chicago in 1905

“Municipal Pier” built in was renamed “Navy Pier” in 1927 as a tribute to the Navy personnel who served in the war. It was the only pier to combine a shipping dock with public entertainment.

Smallest Man & Woman.Chicago World's Fair (1934)

"Margaret Ann Robinson" and "Capt. Werner" souvenir card from Chicago's World Fair 1934

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