Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

Historical Guides
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6’4” | 1.93 m
February 12, 1809
Abraham Lincoln
193.000
1809.00
459000
3D
Abraham Lincoln
Al Capone
179000
5’10” | 1.78 m
Al Capone
178.000
179000
3D
Al Capone
5’8” | 1.73 m
March 14, 1879
Albert Einstein
173.000
1879.00
281000
3D
Albert Einstein
5’8” | 1.73 m
March 3, 1847
Alexander Graham Bell
173.000
1847.00
67000
3D
Alexander Graham Bell
5’8” | 1.73 m
Amelia Earhart
173.000
188000
3D
Amelia Earhart
5′6″ | 1.68 m
August 24, 1972
Ava DuVernay
168.000
1972.00
99000
3D
Ava DuVernay
5’9” | 1.75 m
January 17, 1706
Benjamin Franklin
175.000
1706.00
171000
3D
Benjamin Franklin
5’5” | 1.65 m
July 12, 1895
Buckminster Fuller
165.000
1895.00
35000
3D
Buckminster Fuller
6’0” | 1.83 m (Estimated)
February 12, 1809
Charles Darwin
183.000
1809.00
104000
3D
Charles Darwin
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 7, 1812
Charles Dickens
173.000
1812.00
65000
3D
Charles Dickens
6’1” | 1.85 m
February 1, 1901
Clark Gable
185.000
1901.00
117000
3D
Clark Gable
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 19, 1883
Coco Chanel
165.000
1883.00
79000
3D
Coco Chanel
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 28, 1962
David Fincher
183.000
1962.00
85000
3D
David Fincher
5’8” | 1.73 m
January 19, 1809
Edgar Allan Poe
173.000
1809.00
134000
3D
Edgar Allan Poe
5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
August 9, 1878
Eileen Gray
170.000
1878.00
25000
3D
Eileen Gray
5’2” | 1.57 m
February 27, 1932
Elizabeth Taylor
157.000
1932.00
210000
3D
Elizabeth Taylor
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 7, 1939
Francis Ford Coppola
183.000
1939.00
72000
3D
Francis Ford Coppola
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 8, 1867
Frank Lloyd Wright
170.000
1867.00
224000
3D
Frank Lloyd Wright
6’2” | 1.88 m
February 22, 1732
George Washington
188.000
1732.00
434000
3D
George Washington
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 30, 1863
Henry Ford
178.000
1863.00
119000
3D
Henry Ford
5’6” | 1.68 m
January 4, 1643
Isaac Newton
168.000
1643.00
129000
3D
Isaac Newton
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 8, 1931
James Dean
173.000
1931.00
215000
3D
James Dean
5’2" | 1.57 m
December 16, 1775
Jane Austen
157.000
1775.00
118000
3D
Jane Austen
5’9” | 1.75 m
May 4, 1916
Jane Jacobs
175.000
1916.00
18000
3D
Jane Jacobs
6’0” | 1.83 m
May 29, 1917
John F. Kennedy
183.000
1917.00
436000
3D
John F. Kennedy
6’2” | 1.88 m
300 (2007)
King Leonidas
188.000
2007.00
13000
3D
King Leonidas
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 6, 1887
Le Corbusier
173.000
1887.00
200000
3D
Le Corbusier
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
April 15, 1452
Leonardo da Vinci
173.000
1452.00
232000
3D
Leonardo da Vinci
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
December 5, 1914
Lina Bo Bardi
163.000
1914.00
31000
3D
Lina Bo Bardi
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 19, 1925
Malcolm X
193.000
1925.00
52000
3D
Malcolm X
5’9” | 1.75 m
November 30, 1835
Mark Twain
175.000
1835.00
129000
3D
Mark Twain
5’7” | 1.70 m
January 15, 1929
Martin Luther King Jr.
170.000
1929.00
96000
3D
Martin Luther King Jr.
5′4″ | 1.63 m
November 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese
163.000
1942.00
218000
3D
Martin Scorsese
6’0” | 1.83 m
Gladiator (2000)
Maximus Decimus Meridius
183.000
2000.00
8900
3D
Maximus Decimus Meridius
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
March 27, 1886
Mies van der Rohe
173.000
1886.00
85000
3D
Mies van der Rohe
6’2” | 1.88 m
July 10, 1856
Nikola Tesla
188.000
1856.00
219000
3D
Nikola Tesla
5'7" | 1.70 m
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
Peggy Carter
170.000
1966.00
49000
3D
Peggy Carter
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
July 8, 1906
Philip Johnson
178.000
1906.00
24000
3D
Philip Johnson
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 1, 1961
Princess Diana
178.000
1961.00
458000
3D
Princess Diana
5′9″ | 1.75 m
March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
175.000
1954.00
210000
3D
Ron Howard
6’1” | 1.85 m
February 6, 1911
Ronald Reagan
185.000
1911.00
351000
3D
Ronald Reagan
5’3” | 1.60 m
February 4, 1913
Rosa Parks
160.000
1913.00
184000
3D
Rosa Parks
Spike Lee
210000
5′6″ | 1.68 m
March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
168.000
1957.00
210000
3D
Spike Lee
5′7″ | 1.70 m
July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
170.000
1928.00
144000
3D
Stanley Kubrick
5′8″ | 1.73 m
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
173.000
1946.00
223000
3D
Steven Spielberg
5’10” | 1.78 m
February 11, 1847
Thomas Edison
178.000
1847.00
153000
3D
Thomas Edison
6’2” | 1.88 m
April 13, 1743
Thomas Jefferson
188.000
1743.00
305000
3D
Thomas Jefferson
5’10” | 1.78 m
December 5, 1901
Walt Disney
178.000
1901.00
189000
3D
Walt Disney
5’7” | 1.70 m (Estimated)
April 26, 1564
William Shakespeare
170.000
1564.00
705000
3D
William Shakespeare
5’10” | 1.78 m
Braveheart (1995)
William Wallace
178.000
1995.00
85000
3D
William Wallace
John F. Kennedy (JFK)
Series of illustrations of John F Kennedy in assorted poses with overall height measurement

John F. Kennedy, often known as JFK, was an American Politician who served as 35th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1917 in Boston, to the prominent Kennedy family. He became involved in politics in 1947, and was sworn in as President in 1961. JFK’s Presidency was known for his involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis, his Civil Rights Advocacy, and of course, his affair with actress Marilyn Monroe. JFK was married to Jaqueline Bouvier, who became well known in her own right for her elegant style and involvement in the arts. She was with her husband when he was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, whilst traveling in a Presidential motorcade.

John F. Kennedy (JFK) had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

John F. Kennedy, often known as JFK, was an American Politician who served as 35th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1917 in Boston, to the prominent Kennedy family. He became involved in politics in 1947, and was sworn in as President in 1961.

John F. Kennedy (JFK) had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

John F. Kennedy (JFK)
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Position: 35th U.S. President
Term: 1961–1963
Political Party: Democratic
Death: November 22, 1963 (46)

Given Name
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Birthday
May 29, 1917

Drawings include:
John F. Kennedy standing, walking (hat), walking (waving)

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Albert Einstein
Height comparison diagram of Albert Einstein compared to other scientists

Albert Einstein was a German-American physicist known for developing the theory of relativity, which discusses the law of gravitation and his mass-energy formula E=mc². Born in 1879, Einstein grew up excelling at both math and physics, starting at an early age teaching himself various mathematical levels and theorems. He found recognition as a leading scientist upon his graduation from schooling in Zurich and later received the 1921 Nobel Prize for his discovery and explanation of the photoelectric effect. Albert Einstein’s large amount of intellectual achievements led him to be considered as one of the most influential physicists in history.

Albert Einstein had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Albert Einstein with overall height
Albert Einstein was a German-American physicist known for developing the theory of relativity, which discusses the law of gravitation and his mass-energy formula E=mc². Albert Einstein’s large amount of intellectual achievements led him to be one of the most influential physicists in history.

Albert Einstein had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Albert Einstein with overall height
Albert Einstein
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Nationality: German

Fields: Physics, philosophy

Death: April 18, 1955 (76)

Given Name
Birthday
March 14, 1879

Drawings include:
Albert Einstein elevations (assorted)

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Mies van der Rohe in relation to other architects

Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus- one of the leading schools of modern design- before fleeing Germany to escape the Nazis. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which incorporates free flowing interior space, the use of glass and steel sheets, and minimal decoration.

Some of his best-known buildings include the Barcelona pavilion, Chicago federal centre, and the National Gallery in Berlin. Mies Van der Rohe also co-designed several pieces of furniture, which are now considered design classics.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Drawings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which emphasizes flowing interior space and the use of glass and steel.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Drawings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Death: August 17, 1969 (aged 83)

Given Name
Birthday
March 27, 1886

Drawings include:
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe front, side, side (blueprints), side (sitting MR Side Chair)

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Frank Lloyd Wright
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Frank Lloyd Wright in relation to other architects

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the early 20th century. Born in 1887, he established his own architectural firm in the late nineteenth century. He is known for the Prairie House style which featured flat roofs, coordinated design elements and precast construction material. He was one of the first architects to install custom made electric lights.

Some of his most famous works include the 1937 Falling Water, a private residence in Pennsylvania, and the 1959 Guggenheim museum in New York City. He was known for his dramatic and passionate private life. He was married three times.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Collection of drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright measured with overall height
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the early 20th century. Born in 1887, he established his own architectural firm in the late nineteenth century. He is known for the Prairie House style which featured flat roofs, coordinated design elements and precast materials.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Collection of drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright measured with overall height
Frank Lloyd Wright
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5’7” | 1.70 m
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Death: April 9, 1959 (aged 91)

Given Name
Birthday
June 8, 1867

Drawings include:
Frank Lloyd Wright front, side, back, side (walking), side (pointing), side (pointing, cane)

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Benjamin Franklin
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Benjamin Franklin in relation to other inventors

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was a respected, leading inventor, scientist, writer, philosopher, and diplomat who also served as President of the United States in 1769. One of his major political contributions was his help in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. In science, his contributions and pursuits included exploring electricity for which he created the lightning rod. He is especially noted for his experiment of flying a kite during a storm in order to provide that lightning is electricity. Benjamin Franklin also ventured into music, playing, composing, and ultimately inventing the glass harmonica.

Benjamin Franklin had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Benjamin Franklin labeled with overall height
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was a respected, leading inventor, scientist, writer, philosopher, and diplomat who also served as President of the United States in 1769. Franklin helped in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Benjamin Franklin labeled with overall height
Benjamin Franklin
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5’9” | 1.75 m
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Nationality: United States

Death: April 17, 1790 (84)

Given Name
Birthday
January 17, 1706

Drawings include:
Benjamin Franklin elevations (assorted)

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