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Tuskegee Airmen in Italy, 1945

Tuskegee Airmen in Italy, 1945

Photograph shows Tuskegee airmen leaving the parachute room in Ramitelli, Italy in March 1945. Left to right: Richard S. “Rip” Harder, Brooklyn, NY, Class 44-B; unidentified airman; Thurston L. Gaines, Jr., Freeport, NY, Class 44-G; Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, OH, Class 44-G; Wendell M. Lucas, Fairmont Heights, MD, Class 44-E.

In Their Words: Albert Einstein

In Their Words: Albert Einstein

Have a great and safe Independence Day!

Watermelon Eating Contest, July 4, 1983

Watermelon Eating Contest, July 4, 1983

Girls competing in a watermelon eating contest on July 4th in White Springs, Florida, 1983.

Drum & Fife Corps in 4th of July Parade, 1911

Drum & Fife Corps in 4th of July Parade, 1911

Men dressed up as Revolutionary War Drum and Fife Corps soldiers march down the street during a 4th of July parade in New York, 1911.

July 4th Costume, 1890

July 4th Costume, 1890

Marion Duncan in costume for a July 4th-themed play in Tavares, Florida, ca. 1890.

Tunnel Positions near Heartbreak Ridge, 1952

Tunnel Positions near Heartbreak Ridge, 1952

Infantrymen of the 27th Infantry Regiment, near Heartbreak Ridge, take advantage of cover and concealment in tunnel positions, 40 yards from the Communists on August 10, 1952.

Checking Gasoline Trailer Parts, 1943

Checking Gasoline Trailer Parts, 1943

Helen Ryan (with cap) and Agnes Cliemka are unmasking and checking parts of the gasoline trailers at Heil and Co. in Milwaukee that will be turned over to the Air Force, February 1943. Ryan, age 41, was a widow and used to work in a show factory while Cliemka, age 23, was married with a brother […]

Taking Sight Using a Sextant, 1898

Taking Sight Using a Sextant, 1898

Mrs. Tapley taking a sight using a sextant. She sailed with her husband aboard the bark Saint James during the late 19th century. Some women learned navigation from their husbands while at sea.

In Their Words: Ann Landers

In Their Words: Ann Landers

Felling a Fir Tree, 1906

Felling a Fir Tree, 1906

Three men take a photo break from felling a large fir tree in Washington with axes and a crosscut saw in 1906. A man stands on each side while one ‘relaxes’ in the wedge of the tree.

Guarding the Beer Rations, Korean War

Guarding the Beer Rations, Korean War

Private First Class Sterling G. Patterson, of Eagle Rock, Cal., is shown standing guard on beer rations for Marines in Korea.

Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway, 1883

Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway, 1883

President Henry Villard of the Northern Pacific Railroad, accompanied by a distinguished party of guests, celebrated the completion of the railroad at Gold Creek, Montana Territory on September 8, 1883, where the construction work from the East and West met. General U.S. Grant, Frederick Billings, William M. Evarts, Carl Schurz, James Bryce, Sir Robert Peel, […]

In Their Words: Eartha Kitt

In Their Words: Eartha Kitt

Recording High Altitude Flight Data, 1944

Recording High Altitude Flight Data, 1944

High altitude flight data is being recorded in a flying laboratory at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Cleveland, Ohio (now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field) on May 1, 1944. The aircraft is a modified B-29 bomber manufactured by Boeing, and backbone of […]

First Lady Coolidge Eating a Girl Scout Cookie, 1923

First Lady Coolidge Eating a Girl Scout Cookie, 1923

First Lady Grace Coolidge eating cookies presented by officials of the New York Girl Scout troop on October 17, 1923.

Chilkat Dancers with Wood Carvings, Alaska, 1895

Chilkat Dancers with Wood Carvings, Alaska, 1895

Eight men pose outside (near totem) in ceremonial dress – carved headdresses, Chilkat blankets on shoulders over western-style clothes; drummer wears button robe, younger man in front sits holding several carved masks. A large carved fish is set in foreground.

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