Former People by Douglas Smith:  FORMER PEOPLE (1. Russia, 1900) At the dawn of the twentieth century, Russia was hurtling into the modern age. In the two decades before the First World War, the country experienced exceptional rates of industrial growth, outpacing those of the United States, Germany, and...

Former People by Douglas Smith: FORMER PEOPLE (1. Russia, 1900) At the dawn of the twentieth century, Russia was hurtling into the modern age. In the two decades before the First World War, the country experienced exceptional rates of industrial growth, outpacing those of the United States, Germany, and...

Roger Arliner Young (1889–1964) was a zoologist and biologist and the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology. During...

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

Roger Arliner Young (1889–1964) was a zoologist and biologist and the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology. During...

Patients from the Titanic at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital #25 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Patients from the Titanic at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital #25 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A remarkable cast of characters and set against the backdrop of imperial Russia, this tale of forbidden romance could be the stuff of a great historical novel. But The Pearl tells a true tale, from archival documents that have lain untouched for centuries. Douglas Smith presents the most complete and accurate account ever written of the illicit love between Count Nicholas Sheremetev, Russia’s richest aristocrat, and Praskovia Kovalyova, his serf and the greatest opera diva of her time.

A remarkable cast of characters and set against the backdrop of imperial Russia, this tale of forbidden romance could be the stuff of a great historical novel. But The Pearl tells a true tale, from archival documents that have lain untouched for centuries. Douglas Smith presents the most complete and accurate account ever written of the illicit love between Count Nicholas Sheremetev, Russia’s richest aristocrat, and Praskovia Kovalyova, his serf and the greatest opera diva of her time.

Falk Studio, pictured: Eugen Sandow bodybuilder and strongman. Gilded Age NYC (13 and 15 West 24th Street NY)

Falk Studio, pictured: Eugen Sandow bodybuilder and strongman. Gilded Age NYC (13 and 15 West 24th Street NY)

Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery.  They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith.  Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing.  They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'.  In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm.  Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later.  They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

"The Splinter," circa 1910. Agriculture Photographic Collection, Oregon State University via Flickr.

"The Splinter," circa 1910. Agriculture Photographic Collection, Oregon State University via Flickr.

c.1899 - Brooklyn Bridge; On the promenade  Gilded Age NYC. (Strohmeyer & Wyman)

c.1899 - Brooklyn Bridge; On the promenade Gilded Age NYC. (Strohmeyer & Wyman)

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