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This incredible facial hair not only won people's hearts but also secured his place in history as he held the record for the longest beard ever grown in France.

Legend has it that Lewis had been shaving since he was 12, but his razor blades could not keep up with his rapidly growing beard.

By the time he was 14, his beard had reached 50 centimeters (19.6 in) in length. From then on, it was just a matter of letting it grow to monstrous proportions.

His impressive beard made him a popular photographic model from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

During this time, dozens of different editions of postcards featuring him were published, immortalizing his unique appearance for future generations.

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Welcome to the fascinating world of the Amish community, where traditions and beliefs that have been passed down for centuries often surprise, confuse, and sometimes even shock outsiders. In this slideshow gallery, we'll explore the rituals and beliefs that define the Amish lifestyle. From the interesting practice of "bundling" to the strange fashion choices of growing a beard while shaving off the moustache, we will shed light on the reasons behind these customs.


 

We will also discuss the concept of Rumspringa, a period of exploration and decision making for Amish youth. Join us on this fascinating journey of discovery and gain a deeper understanding of Amish culture. Continue reading to uncover hidden layers of their traditions and beliefs that may challenge your assumptions and give you a new appreciation for their unique way of life.

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This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

From a camera hidden in a matchbox to a camera disguised as a pocket watch for covert operations, these devices showcase simple old-fashioned designs, some dating back to the 1880s.
 

Some of these special cameras were made to look like books, cigarette packets, binoculars, radio players, and even a handgun.
 

One of the more interesting pieces is the Cigarette Camera, which was designed after World War II but never mass-produced.
 

Another fascinating discovery is the Lucky Strike spy camera, developed by Mast Development Corp. for the US Signal Corps between 1949 and 1950.
 

This camera was designed to fit inside the outer wrapper of a Lucky Strike cigarette packet.
 

Despite its small size, it was capable of taking 18 shots at 16 mm with different shutter speeds. However, it never came into widespread use and remained an obscure part of history.

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You've heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but pictures like the ones in the collection here have a lot of stories to tell. These photographs give an insight into what life was like in such disparate eras as the 18th century and the 1970s. You'll see what life was like for a child in America during the Baby Boom, and how Native Americans lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical finds are not only informative, but they also offer a fun look at a time long gone, and probably a time you wish you could go back to. Be prepared to be surprised and read on!
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 Step into the musical time machine and embark on a whimsical adventure through the fantastical world of one-hit wonders of the 1960s and 1970s. From trippy psychedelic beats to funky disco rhythms, get ready to groove to the tunes that once ruled the airwaves and left an indelible mark on music culture. Join us as we uncover the stories behind these fleeting hits, celebrating the creativity and courage of artists who dared to do something different. So, grab your dancing shoes, tune in and travel back in time to rediscover the magic of these unforgettable musical oddities!


 

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As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, the trade in American bison fur, skin, and meat began to flourish across the Great Plains. By the 1860s, these iconic animals had roamed the plains for millennia, their herds numbering in the millions, a sight so awe-inspiring that it was dubbed "the thunder of the plains." For generations, they have been the lifeblood of Native American tribes, providing not only food and clothing but also shelter and spiritual significance. But the scenario began to change after the Civil War. The continued progress of the railroads brought with it a wave of new cities, bustling trains, and interconnected telegraph lines, ushering in an era of rapid change. This change spelled trouble for the bison, as European settlers, motivated by profit, destroyed the once abundant herds. By the 1880s, their numbers had dropped from nearly 30 million to just 325, a catastrophic decline.
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 Step into a Technicolor time machine and travel back to the '60s, where television screens were alive with groovy characters and far-fetched storylines. From modern day spies to outer space adventures, the small screen was a canvas of limitless creativity and imagination. In an era filled with innovation, classic TV shows of the 60s continue to fascinate audiences with their vintage charm and timeless appeal.


 

Join us on a trip down memory lane as we rediscover the magic of these retro gems that have stood the test of time. Whether you're a Hep Cat or a Squire, these shows promise a wild ride filled with laughs, mystery and a heavy dose of vintage charm. So, sit back, relax, and let these classic '60s TV shows transport you to a world where every episode is a wonderful blast from the past!

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In the 19th century, access to medicine was like opening Pandora's Box – it brought both blessings and strange, sometimes dangerous, tricks. Some "cures" were harmless frauds, but many others were downright dangerous, often containing addictive and life-threatening ingredients. The most notorious example of this era was the promotion of arsenic-containing soaps and cosmetics. Arsenic was believed to improve the complexion and give a pale, fashionable look. With its enchanting glow, radium has made its way into toothpastes and cosmetics, promising a dazzling smile and a flawless complexion. Meanwhile, "asthma cigarettes" were marketed as a cure for respiratory diseases, containing a mixture of herbs and narcotics, including the highly addictive substance stramonium. As we look at these strange and dangerous treatments, we can't help but feel grateful for modern regulations and scientific advances. We may laugh at the absurdity of these products, but it's a reminder of how easily we can be swayed by health and beauty promises.
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