Beyond the Textbooks

Atop Jeffrey Pine on Sentinel Dome

Atop Jeffrey Pine on Sentinel Dome

Two women are photographed atop Jeffrey Pine on Sentinel Dome.

In Their Words: Margaret Mead

In Their Words: Margaret Mead

Military Balloon, 1862

Military Balloon, 1862

Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe’s military balloon near Gaines Mill, Virginia. The photo shows the inflation of the balloon “Intrepid” from portable gas tanks with help from the Union soldiers in Henrico County, Virginia. The balloon was used to survey the Battle of Fair Oaks. Lowe, not visible in this image, is standing to the right of the balloon.

Nancy Reagan in Second-hand Clothing, 1982

Nancy Reagan in Second-hand Clothing, 1982

Nancy Reagan in her “Second-Hand Clothes” disguise for the Gridiron Club on March 27, 1982. At the annual Gridiron Club dinner, the First Lady decided to use the platform to poke fun at herself in response to the criticism that she accepted free clothes and ordered new china. Usually the event was traditionally used to […]

Testing and Packaging Latex Gloves, 1940

Testing and Packaging Latex Gloves, 1940

Donna Helply tests household rubber gloves and Harriet Moore packs them in cartons during the New York World’s Fair in September 1940.

Licking Blocks of Ice on Hot Day, 1910-1915

Licking Blocks of Ice on Hot Day, 1910-1915

Children gathered around and licking blocks of ice on hot day between 1910 and 1915.

Video: Pearl Harbor Wreckage

Video: Pearl Harbor Wreckage

The newsreel shows the devastation on the coastline of Pearl Harbor – seen from a boat moving alongside it. The footage depicts wreckage of aircrafts, smoke rising all around, buildings destroyed, and large plumes of black smoke rising from ships on fire.

Inflating a Weather Bureau Balloon, 1943

Inflating a Weather Bureau Balloon, 1943

A woman inflating a pilot balloon with hellium gas at the U.S. Weather Bureau station at the National Airport in Washington, D.C. The balloon is used for determining winds aloft

School Gardens as a Practical Education Method, 1915

School Gardens as a Practical Education Method, 1915

Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls working in a school garden in Philadelphia. Some of the children hoe and rake vegetable beds, while others secure stakes in the beds and tend plants.

In Their Words: Earl Nightingale

In Their Words: Earl Nightingale

Columbia Squad at Rowing Machines, 1910

Columbia Squad at Rowing Machines, 1910

The Columbia rowing team exercising indoors with rowing machines, 1910.

Balloons with Game Tickets, 1922

Balloons with Game Tickets, 1922

Boys from the Boys Club with captured balloons which were released from White House with tickets attached for a Washington-St. Louis game, 1922.

On Muleback in Yosemite

On Muleback in Yosemite

Estelle Carpenter and friends on muleback, Yosemite. Carpenter was a music teacher and Supervisor of Music in San Francisco Public Schools. According to the California Historical Society: Estelle Carpenter served as Supervisor of Music for San Francisco Public Schools from 1897 to 1945. Known as that “dynamo in skirts,” she inspired generations of school children […]

Feelings about Prohibition, ca. 1920

Feelings about Prohibition, ca. 1920

Ernest Hare expresses his feelings about Prohibition, ca. 1920.

Water Baseball, 1914

Water Baseball, 1914

The following two photographs are of a group of men playing water baseball in the surf on July 24, 1914.

In Their Words: Hafiz

In Their Words: Hafiz
Follow Me on Pinterest

Zim on Tumblr

Posts by Month

Accolades & Mentions

History By Zim has been shared both on and off the web. Here are a few of the places History By Zim's posts have been featured and credited:
- "American Pickers"
- "The Dr. Oz Show"
- "The Los Angeles Times"
-"ABC" (Spain)
- Sports Illustrated
- Smithsonian
- BuzzFeed
- Cracked
- History Carnival
- Over 50 independent blogs & websites

Additionally, History By Zim has partnered with Smithsonian Books and Zenith Press to review books.