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 Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

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

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  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.
Dear Prudence
Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  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. 23 2014 9:00 AM Exclusive Premiere: Key & Peele Imagines the Dark Side of the Make-A-Wish Program
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
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
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.