On September 10, 1923, a solar eclipse lasting three hours obscured 90 percent of the sunlight over Los Angeles. The watching crowd wore protective glasses but still risked their eyesight: Color or x-ray film filters visible light but offers no protection against the infrared and ultraviolet radiation that can irreversibly burn retinal nerves.
Crowd watching a solar eclipse with protective glasses, 1923
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Part III — Share the History Love... The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City is the world’s largest parade. Presented by the Macy’s department store, the tradition started in 1924 and is tied for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States. In 1927, the debut of a helium-filled Felix the Cat ushered in new tradition for the parade [...]
- Homeless men eating Thanksgiving dinner at Midnight Mission, 1942 — Share the History Love... One of the many charitable organizations that declared “open house” was the Midnight Mission, who served Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate Los Angeles residents. The men had their turkey, too, along with all persons celebrating Thanksgiving on November 26, 1942. Share the History Love... [...]
- Apollo 11 astronauts in Mobile Quarantine Facility, 1969 — Share the History Love... Within the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Apollo 11 astronauts (left to right) Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Neil A. Armstrong relax following their successful lunar landing mission. They spent two-and-one-half days in the quarantine trailer en route from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship, to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at [...]
- Jane Wyman relaxing on a California beach, 1935 — Share the History Love... Actress Jane Wyman, 18 years old, sitting in lounge chair on California beach, 1935. Share the History Love... [...]
- Halloween witchery, 1957 — Share the History Love... Photograph caption dated October 25, 1957 reads, “Members of Zeta Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will entertain husbands and guests Nov. 2 at a party in Granada Hills Woman’s Club. Making decorations for event are Mmes. Thomas R. Zimmerman, H. M. Jones and C. T. Jones.” Share the History Love... [...]