About Back then History

History with a twist


Learn the one-of-a-kind histories behind everyday objects with our once daily email newsletter. Ever wondered who created the paper clip? Or why bubble wrap was invented? Find out with Back Then History!


Interested in learning something new but don’t have a lot of time? Whether you’re babysitting the grandkids or working hard on a project, we understand that you’ve got a lot going on. That’s why we do the work for you. With Back Then History, you can look forward to a once daily email detailing the fascinating history of an everyday object. You’ll never look at a pencil the same way again!


Learn the one-of-a-kind stories behind everyday objects such as paper clips, matches, and bubble wrap. This unique way of looking at history just might change the way you see everyday objects in the world. Plus, you can share all your new history trivia knowledge with your friends and family – the history of the paperclip is a truly unique dinner conversation topic!

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Have questions? Want to suggest a topic? We’re always here to listen! Contact us any time by emailing [email protected], calling 617-335-3742, or reaching out on social media!