Rebecca Onion Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion, who runs Slate’s history blog The Vault, is a writer and academic living in Ohio. Follow her on Twitter.

The Vault
May 7 2014 9:45 AMUtterly Charming Photos of 1920s Chicago Kids Dressed Up as Flowers
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May 5 2014 12:00 PMAn Illustrated Map of Stars’ Homes From the Golden Age of Hollywood
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May 1 2014 12:03 PMA Dizzying Clock Chart From the Pre–Time-Zone Era Proves That Time Zones Are Wonderful
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April 29 2014 12:00 PMAn Early 20th-Century Traveler Maps His Journey on a New Chinese Railroad
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April 25 2014 1:30 PMFineable Offenses for Naughty 18th-Century Students at Harvard
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April 24 2014 12:30 PM19th-Century Maps Tracking Major Diseases Across the United States
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April 22 2014 2:30 PMStriking Photos of Early 20th-Century Baseball Players in Motion
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April 18 2014 11:00 AMMapping the Intensity of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
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April 17 2014 11:45 AMA 19th-Century Flowchart Helps You Ask Good Geographical Questions
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April 15 2014 12:00 PMFDR's Forgotten Instructions for a Simple Funeral and Burial
Lexicon Valley
April 11 2014 3:30 PMThe Awful Emptiness of "Relatable"
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April 10 2014 3:00 PMNewly Digitized Photo Archive Takes a Personal Look at Cesar Chavez and the Farmworker Movement
April 9 2014 9:50 AMWhen Smartphones AttackA new sci-fi novel explores the ramifications of outsourcing our language to our devices.
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April 8 2014 11:00 AMThis Spreading Tree Chart Shows the Midcentury Explosion in Uses of Petroleum
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April 4 2014 10:15 AMA New York City Firefighting Map from 1834 Will Make You Very Thankful It's 2014
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May 6 2014 12:25 PMThe Rum Jar, the Flying Pig, and the Ypres Express: WWI Slang for Germany’s Terrifying Munitions
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May 2 2014 12:30 PM“It Is Difficult to Know How to Begin”: A U.S. Soldier Writes Home From Dachau
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April 30 2014 12:30 PMThe Relentless WWII War Bond Propaganda Could Be Really Irritating
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April 28 2014 12:30 PMPhotos Show How the American Museum of Natural History Made Its Blue Whale Swim
History of Innovation
April 24 2014 2:48 PMTaking Rube Goldberg SeriouslyWhat fictional inventions say about American ingenuity.
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April 23 2014 9:30 AMMemo Evaluating Possible Screenwriters for Gone With the Wind Is Frank on the Subject of Faulkner
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April 21 2014 9:00 AMA Peek Inside the Mother-Daughter Collaboration That Brought Us the Little House Series
April 18 2014 7:37 AMForget Madonna and Angelina. Josephine Baker Adopted 12 Children From Across the Globe.
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April 16 2014 2:42 PMBeautiful Photo Portraits of People Doing Their Jobs on the Streets of Late 19th-Century New York
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April 14 2014 12:45 PMThe Lincoln Assassination, as Seen Through the Pages of a D.C. Police Blotter
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April 11 2014 11:45 AMPretty Environmental Propaganda Posters from 1980s China
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April 9 2014 12:15 PMEarly 20th-Century Spirit Photographs Specializing in Stellar Faked Ectoplasm
Wild Things
April 8 2014 11:30 AMCrappy Taxidermy Internet Meme Is Really Sort of Sad
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April 7 2014 9:30 AMTracking a Slave Trader Through His Expense Reports
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April 3 2014 11:00 AMWho Was This Kindly Looking Man Who Took Hundreds of Photobooth Selfies in the Mid-20th Century?



The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 10:39 PM Avengers: Age of Ultron Looks Like a Fun, Sprawling, and Extremely Satisfying Sequel
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.