Category Archives: An Age of Realism

Bags of Money

11 Outlandish Ways Aristocrats Displayed Their Wealth During the Gilded Age

Imagine having a bathroom of gold or rerouting an entire train track and moving a town in order to avoid the sight of train smoke. These weren’t the actions of finicky royals, but instead a reality for tycoons and socialites during the Gilded Age. Read more about the outrageous ways people spent their money.

Looking down a long, dark, back alley


In the last half of the 1800s, thousands of urban poor people, many who were immigrants, lived in overcrowded and unsafe tenement buildings. This article describes how tenements came into being and were eventually phased out.