In Their Words: Edwin Percy Whipple

1 October 2014

edwin percy whipple

Ernest Hemingway on a Bobsled, 1923

29 September 2014

Ernest Hemingway (far right) and four unidentified men ride a bobsled on the Sonloup trail during a race in Les Avants, Montreux, Switzerland, ca. January 1923.

117th Trench Mortar Battery, 1918

28 September 2014

American soldiers, members of Maryland’s 117th Trench Mortar Battery, operating a trench mortar. This gun and crew kept up a continuous fire throughout the raid of March 4, 1918 in Badonviller, Muerthe et Modselle, France.

Video: Women at War Week, 1942

26 September 2014

Video is of actress Loretta Young promoting “Woman at War” week starting November 22, 1942. The week that honored the dedication and hard work of American women who, due to the war, took on greater responsibilities. As she stated: “We found that the hand that rocks the cradle can build bombers, make ammunition, can turn every kitchen into a salvage station for vitally needed war materials. Yes, and it can even help finance this war too.”

Odd Ads: 7-Up “Youngest Customers”

25 September 2014

This advertisement for 7-Up soda depicts a baby drinking 7-up while a woman’s hand holds up the bottle for him to drink. Ladies Home Journal ran this advertisement in its January 9, 1955 issue. It explains why the company “have the youngest customers in the business:”

This young man is 11 months old – and he isn’t our youngest, customer by any means.
For 7-Up is so pure, so wholesome, you can even give it to babies and feel good about it. Look at the back of a 7-Up bottle. Notice that all our ingredients are listed. (That isn’t required of soft drinks, you know – but we’re proud to do it and we think you’re pleased that we do.)
By the way, Mom, when it comes to toddlers – if they like to be coaxed to drink their milk, try this: Add 7-Up to the milk in equal parts, pouring the 7-Up to the milk in equal parts, pouring the 7-Up gently into the milk. It’s a wholesome combination – and it works! Make 7-Up your family drink. You like it . . . it likes you!

Whenever I think of milk, I automatically think I should add 7-Up. . . .  But, of course, why not combine two “wholesome”  things? It’s not like soda is bad for children….

In Their Words: Harriet Tubman

24 September 2014

Harriet Tubman Quote

JFK with West Virginian Miners, 1960

23 September 2014

John F. Kennedy, wearing hard hat, talks with miners in West Virginia during the Presidential Primary campaign in April 1960.

Native American Overlooking Railroad, 1868

20 September 2014

Native American looking at the newly completed section of the Trans-Continental Railroad from the top of Palisades about 435 miles from Sacramento, California.

Captured WWI Allied Soldiers

18 September 2014
Western front, a group of captured Allied soldiers representing 8 nationalities: Anamite (Vietnamese), Tunisian, Senegalese, Sudanese, Russian, American, Portugese, and English.

Photo Credit: National Archives

On the Western Front, a group of captured Allied soldiers are photographed. They represented 8 nationalities: Anamite (Vietnamese), Tunisian, Senegalese, Sudanese, Russian, American, Portuguese, and English. This shows just how global a fight World War I was. At this time, some colonies were required to send men to fight on behalf of their sovereign country.

In Their Words: Ralph Waldo Emerson

17 September 2014

Emerson Quote

Great Depression Apple Seller

16 September 2014

An unemployed man selling apples in a wooden crate for five cents during the Great Depression.

Rodeo Cowgirls, ca. 1925

15 September 2014

Standing from left: Florence Hughes Randolph, Ruth Roach, Mabel Strickland, Reine Hafley Shelton, Mildred Douglas, Bonnie McCarroll, Rose Smith, Maud Tarr; squatting from left: Bea Kirnan, Mayme Stroud, Fox Hastings, ca. 1925.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum wrote a little snippet about some of the women in the photo:

An outstanding trick rider and bronc rider and daughter of California Frank Hafley, Reine Hafley Shelton (1902-1979) was called the World’s Greatest Lady Trick Rider. For a time she performed a highly successful act with an Arabian horse named Lurline in which they would jump 50 feet into a tank of water. With California Frank’s show, Shelton performed trick and bronc riding, as an elephant rider and an oriental and flamenco dancer. In 1918 she began her competitive career placing second in the trick riding at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Shelton earned over $125 by winning the bronc riding event at Madison Square Garden in 1924. In 1925 she eloped with Dick Shelton while he was performing with Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show. Shelton was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1983 and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1991.

Considered to be one of the greatest cowgirl bronc riders of her day, Mildred Douglas (1895-1983) was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1988. At seventeen Douglas joined the Cook and Wilson Circus and rode jumping horses and learned trick riding. About 1916 she entered her first rodeo contest of bronc riding at the Joe Bartle’s RoundUp in Kansas City. Douglas went on to win the bronc riding events at Garden City, Kansas and at Pendleton, Oregon in 1917. In 1918 she repeated her Garden City win and won the event at Cheyenne Frontier Days. In 1919 Douglas won the bronc riding at Belle Fourche. Between 1921 and 1928 she was connected with the publicity departments of many rodeos.

Bronc riding champion at Madison Square Garden in 1922, Bonnie McCarroll (1897-1929) won $400. In 1923 she won the bronc riding event at Yankee Stadium followed by her winning this event at Wembley stadium in London in 1924. McCarroll was thrown and fatally trampled by a bronc at the Pendleton RoundUp in 1929. Ironically, she and her husband, Frank McCarroll had planned to retire and Pendleton was to be their last rodeo.

Married to 1965 Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, Leonard Stroud, Mayme Saunders Stroud (?-1963) launched her competitive career at Lucille Mulhall’s RoundUp in 1916. She won the 1917 bronc riding event at San Antonio, Texas.

The Sniff Game, 1948

14 September 2014

In late 1948, LIFE revisited a topic that the magazine had covered a number of times in previous years, and would delve into again and again over the next several decades: namely, teenagers. More specifically, the mystifying habits, lingo and fashion choices of teens around the U.S. The above photograph is of Oklahoma City teenagers playing “the sniff game”, where Kleenex was passed around the circle by sniffing from nose to nose.

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman, 1967

13 September 2014
Photo Credit: Source

Photo Credit: Source

Photo of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman from the television series Batman, December 1967.

John B. Stetson Company, ca. 1910

12 September 2014

Employees of the John B. Stetson company finishing soft hats in the factory near 5th and Montgomery Avenues. The reverse of the card reads: “Finishing soft hats in the Finishing Department of the John B. Stetson Company, Philadelphia, is apparently a simple operation, but long experience is necessary to attain proficiency. Fine emery paper is used to smooth the felt, and the utmost care is taken to do the work smoothly. This is the operation which makes the felt so smooth and pleasing to the touch.”

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