The Last Living Remnant of the 19th Century Passes Into History

Emma Martina Luigia Morano, the oldest person in the world, died today. Emma was born in Italy, on November 29, 1899, the oldest of nine children. She was the last person known to have been born in the 19th century still living. Her life stretched across three centuries and two World Wars. The great tragedy of her … More The Last Living Remnant of the 19th Century Passes Into History

Peering through mists to see San Francisco at the turn of the century

The ghost of San Francisco circa 1900 may haunt some of the narrow alleys of Chinatown. You might sense its presence in the Ferry Building, completed in 1898, and one of the very few large buildings to survive the earthquake in 1906. But by and large, the city is a modern one that breathes more … More Peering through mists to see San Francisco at the turn of the century