15 Twitter Accounts for History Buffs
We’ve covered word nerds; now, follow a few twitter accounts that will satisfy your historical curiosity.
1. Tweets of Old
These tweets, which contain actual lines from old newspapers, are very entertaining—and tell us a lot about the people of yesteryear.
A kitten with two heads was born in a Charles street stable this week. The little monstrosity was perfect in all other particulars. MA1905
— R.L. Ripples (@TweetsofOld) July 15, 2014
2. John Quincy Adams
If you've ever wanted to read our sixth President's diary, this Twitter account is for you.
7/8/1814: IV:30. Sudden Summer heat. I dined at table d'hote at one. My Colleagues together at 4. Evening walk alone.
— John Quincy Adams (@JQAdams_MHS) July 8, 2014
3. Girls Own Advice
These tweets are, according to the bio, "genuine replies from 1880s and 1890s problem pages." Some are wise. Some are weird. Some are enough to make us glad we live in a modern day and age.
You have unintentionally been guilty of a somewhat forward action in shaking hands with the "young gentleman" pic.twitter.com/SpbI8ovXyA
— Girls' Own advice (@GirlsOwn) July 9, 2014
4. Slate Vault
The official Twitter account of Slate's The Vault Blog is interesting in its own right.
— Slate Vault (@SlateVault) July 12, 2014
5. Weird History
Exactly what it sounds like, and quite delightful. The tweeter even makes a point to publish old articles featuring names that are famous today.
1896: A 15-month-old baby has been declared insane - for laughing, smiling and "interrupting serious conversations". http://t.co/XxpzgDv0xR
— Weird History (@historyweird) June 24, 2014
Excellent vintage photos!
— Retronaut (@theretronaut) July 15, 2014
7. British Pathé
Tweets featuring videos from the now-defunct Pathé News.
Wedding at the world's smallest church: http://t.co/pS1E8g72OU
— British Pathé (@BritishPathe) June 11, 2014
8. Public Domain Review
Fascinating findings from videos and documents in the public domain.
— Public Domain Review (@PublicDomainRev) June 24, 2014
9. Michael Beschloss
Fun facts from a presidential historian.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) July 12, 2014
This account, which covers Victorian Popular Culture, is run by Bob Nicholson, a lecturer at Edgehill University in the UK.
"A musical enthusiast...is so fond of 'dwelling on a note' that he has taken up his residence in A flat." (1891) #VictorianJoke *groan*
— Bob Nicholson (@DigiVictorian) July 14, 2014
11. Today in History
You could visit Wikipedia ... or you could follow this Twitter account.
1985: Tech - The Nintendo Entertainment System, the best-selling game console of its time, was released in Japan. #history
— Today In History (@Yesterday_Today) July 16, 2014
12. NASA History
— NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) July 9, 2014
13. SI Vault
It's singer Sting with pro wrestler Sting: pic.twitter.com/6iJPKIWebY
— SI Vault (@si_vault) June 20, 2014
14. Today’s Document
One excellent historical document a day, direct from the National Archives.
— Today's Document (@TodaysDocument) July 11, 2014
15. Papers of GW
Parts of letters and other tidbits from our first president's papers.
3/31/1776 to J. Washington: I believe I may affirm that no Man ever commanded [an Army] under more difficult Circumstances than I have done
— Papers of GW (@PapersofGW) March 31, 2014
What history-obsessed Twitter accounts do you follow? We'll do a follow-up with some of your favorites that we didn't mention here.