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
20000
3D
Buckminster Fuller
6’0” | 1.83 m (Estimated)
February 12, 1809
Charles Darwin
183.000
1809.00
104000
3D
Charles Darwin
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
5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
August 9, 1878
Eileen Gray
170.000
1878.00
2000
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
96000
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
5’9” | 1.75 m
May 4, 1916
Jane Jacobs
175.000
1916.00
9900
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
20000
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
2900
3D
Lina Bo Bardi
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 19, 1925
Malcolm X
193.000
1925.00
52000
3D
Malcolm X
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
12000
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
7000
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
5’10” | 1.78 m
Braveheart (1995)
William Wallace
178.000
1995.00
85000
3D
William Wallace
Walt Disney
Set of illustrations of Walt Disney in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5 1901 and was an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He is considered a pioneer of the American animation industry and introduced various developments to the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney has the most Academy Awards earned by an individual winning 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was given 2 Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Disney died on December 15, 1966. Disney today remain an important icon within the history of animation, and cultural history of the United States.

Walt Disney had a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5 1901 and was an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He is considered a pioneer of the American animation industry and introduced various developments to the production of cartoons.

Walt Disney had a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Walt Disney
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Died: December 15, 1966

Birthday
December 5, 1901

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Walt Disney front, side, front (walking, jacket), side (pointing)

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Ava DuVernay
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Ava DuVernay in relation to other directors

Ava DuVernay is a Black American female filmmaker known for her works that highlight racial inequality and tension in America. DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California and her interest in film was sparked by an initial interest in journalism. DuVernay spent many of her summers traveling to see her father’s childhood outside of Selma, Alabama which would influence her work, Selma. Selma earned DuVernay the recognition of being the first Black female director nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture. DuVernay’s other notable works include 13th and When They See Us.

Ava DuVernay has a height of 5′6″ (1.68 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Ava DuVernay labeled with overall height
Ava DuVernay is a Black American female filmmaker known for her works that highlight racial inequality and tension in America. DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California and her interest in film was sparked by an initial interest in journalism. DuVernay spent many of her summers traveling.

Ava DuVernay has a height of 5′6″ (1.68 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Ava DuVernay labeled with overall height
Ava DuVernay
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5′6″ | 1.68 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2006–Present

Given Name
Ava Marie DuVernay
Birthday
August 24, 1972

Drawings include:
Ava DuVernay elevations (assorted)

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Philip Johnson
Drawings of Philip Johnson in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Philip Johnson is a Pritzer Prize winning architect known for his sleek, modernist designs. Before becoming a practicing architect, Johnson was head of the Department of Architecture at MoMa, where he championed the work of early modernists such as Mies Van Der Rohe. Johnson is best known for his work during the 1940s and 1950s which shaped the midcentury skyline of New York.

Buildings included the Seagram building and the Lipstick building, both in Manhattan. His most iconic structure is The Glass House in Canaan, Connecticut, built in 1948. He lived there for nearly fifty years, and in 2005, died there at the age of 98.

Philip Johnson had an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m) based on photo analysis.

Philip Johnson is a Pritzer Prize winning architect known for his sleek, modernist designs. Before becoming a practicing architect, Johnson was head of the Department of Architecture at MoMa, where he championed the work of early modernists such as Mies Van Der Rohe.

Philip Johnson had an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m) based on photo analysis.

Philip Johnson
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5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
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Death: January 25, 2005 (aged 98)

Given Name
Birthday
July 8, 1906

Drawings include:
Philip Johnson front, side, front (pointing), dancing

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Peggy Carter
Collection of scaled height drawings of Peggy Carter and other MCU characters

Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with. She has no superpowers, but is a talented spy, sharp as a whip, and skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship. She falls in love with Steve Rogers, but they are separated when he is cryogenically frozen. Her grand-niece, Sharon Carter, follows in her footsteps as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with even without superpowers.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
Peggy Carter
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5'7" | 1.70 m
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5’5” | 1.65 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Hayley Atwell

Powers
Tactician; marksman
Real Name
First Appearance
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)

Drawings include:
Peggy Carter front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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King Leonidas
Size comparison drawings of King Leonidas comparing the heights of other related characters from action films

King Leonidas, also known as The King of Sparta and a possible descendant of Hercules, is a character with great strength and power. While he is a violent and brutal man, he also has a kind side to him where he cares deeply for his family and the men of his army. If you’ve seen the movie, 300, then you may remember the famous quote, “This is Sparta!”. In case you haven’t seen the movie, there is a good chance you’ve seen the meme that went viral because of this quote. Into violence, fighting, and unrealistic body types? Check out the movie 300!

King Leonidas is portrayed by Gerard Butler with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of King Leonidas with height measurements
King Leonidas, also known as The King of Sparta and a possible descendant of Hercules, is a character with great strength and power. While he is a violent and brutal man, he also has a kind side to him where he cares deeply for his family and the men of his army.

King Leonidas is portrayed by Gerard Butler with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of King Leonidas with height measurements
King Leonidas
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6’2” | 1.88 m
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Actor
Gerard Butler
First Appearance
300 (2007)

Drawings include:
King Leonidas elevations (assorted)

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