Category: Hidden History

Viscious, Rude and Crude: Vinegar Valentines and Penny Dreadfuls

Not all Valentine cards once received were a warm welcome of sweet sentiments from your adoring admirer. If you were the unlucky recipient of a vinegar valentine, these cards expressed everything except love. Filled with bitterly sarcastic illustrations, these vicious, rude and crude sentiments that were meant to spike humor were so penny dreadful.

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Food for the Soul: Growing Up in the Collard Culture


Collards are a unique vegetable that shares a common glory between black, white and Native American people. Collards are celebrated on all sides of the southern family table. Collards are the pearl of the Real South that unites us rather than divides us.

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How The Great Depression and Walt Disney Made Haunted Houses a Cult Icon


Leaving your front porch light on for trick-or-treater’s has a more sinister history behind the tradition.

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The US Constitution and The Citizens Almanac: Nine Obligations Americans Are Bound to Uphold


So what are these obligated responsibilities we as Americans are bound to in addition to the US Constitution?

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Quiz: Can You Answer These Rarely Known Questions About the US Constitution?


Test your knowledge! A recent survey by Newsweek suggests that 70% of Americans do not know the basics of our US Constitution and 57% of Americans have never read the Constitution.

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American Life Before the US Constitution – Educating Kids


It’s Constitution Week! Unmasked History Magazine is celebrating Constitution Day highlighting the most important document of our history – The U.S. Constitution. Check out this video to teach your kids about how American life was like before our US Constitution was created and ratified.

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Murder Mystery: 50 years later, Van Auker slaying remains unsolved in small North Carolina town


Chatham County, N.C. The residents of Twin Falls, Idaho expressed shock after hearing a prominent and well-known member of their community had been murdered while on a business trip to Siler City, North Carolina. More than 50 years later, the baffling murder mystery still remains unsolved.

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Flu Masks and Onions: Wacky Cures and Remedies During the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic


Between 1918 and early 1919, Spanish influenza became the deadliest plague since the Black Death of the Middle Ages. 

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Richard Petty and North Carolina’s Last NASCAR Dirt Track Race


The State Fairgrounds Speedway, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was a half-mile oval dirt racetrack that sponsored auto races for NASCAR’s top series in 1955, 1969 and 1970.  Now known as “The King” of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Richard Petty won the last Grand National race on the dirt track.  Although the track is no longer used as a motor speedway, the grandstand, now called the Sam G. Rand Grandstand, still remains and is used today for events held at the North Carolina State Fair.

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Johnny Carson and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 1973

Through a comedy of errors, this mostly forgotten piece of history concerns Johnny Carson, toilet paper and millions of fearful Americans.

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