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Dot Robinson – “First Lady of Motorcycling”

Dot Robinson – “First Lady of Motorcycling”

Born in Melbourne, Australia on April 22, 1912, Dorothy “Dot” Robinson is considered the “First Lady of Motorcycling” in the United States. Her experience and love of motorcycle began at a young age – even before she was born. Her father, James Goulding, engineered sidecars and was an amateur racer. When her mother went into […]

Road Trip Ramblings: Looking for James

Road Trip Ramblings: Looking for James

[It’s been a LONG time since I posted about our (my sister and I) geneology trip to Kentucky. Make sure to read Day 1 & Day 2 to eliminate any confusion!] Day 1: Finding our “Branches” Day 2: Rainy Day Revelations Iron gates, manicured lawns and the right amount of shrubbery means only one thing. […]

Women Railroad Wipers, 1943

Women Railroad Wipers, 1943

Marcella Hart and Viola Sievers work as wipers with the Chicago and North Western Railroad and are seen about to clean one of the giant “H” class locomotives in Clinton, Iowa. During World War II, women took jobs that were previously barred to them because of their gender. Jobs that were typically filled by men […]

Churchill & Eisenhower firing “Tommy” Guns, 1944

Churchill & Eisenhower firing “Tommy” Guns, 1944

American soldiers look on as Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower (the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe) shoot Thompson ‘Tommy’ submachine guns in southern England in late March 1944.

The “Hooch Hound” in action, 1922

The “Hooch Hound” in action, 1922

The two slightly different photographs show a “Hooch Hound” in action on February 23, 1922. The dog was trained to detect liquor during the Prohibition years. The man with a pipe in his mouth is seen fishing on the Potomac River as the dog inches closer to sniff and retrieve the flask in the man’s […]

Teddy Roosevelt at the Army War College, 1903

Teddy Roosevelt at the Army War College, 1903

President Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Masonic laying of the cornerstone of the Army War College on February 21, 1903 located on the grounds of Ft. McNair at 4th and P Streets, SW. The College was closed during WWII and eventually moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Follow-Up to “Flag at Fort McHenry”

Follow-Up to “Flag at Fort McHenry”

Every so often I hear from readers about the topics I post here on History By Zim through the comment section, social media and even by email. Sometimes it’s a note about a particularly interesting topic or just a good ole’ “Hello!” In this case, it’s because of an error in one of my last […]

In Their Words – William Cullen Bryant

In Their Words – William Cullen Bryant

One of the best times of the year!

Odd Contests: Miss Bobbed-Hair, 1925

Odd Contests: Miss Bobbed-Hair, 1925

Bobbed hair and flapper dresses epitomize the “Roaring Twenties.” Around the country, women cut their tresses for bobbed cuts while discarding their corsets and conservative clothing for loose, boxy dresses with dropped waistlines.  These trends were so popular that, on February 27, 1925, Coral Gables in Florida decided to hold a beauty contest. The women […]

Women Marines Rigging Parachutes, c.1942

Women Marines Rigging Parachutes, c.1942

Women Marines learning how to rig parachutes at the training school at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1942. From left to right: Private Marion I. Chadwick, Private Jessie O. Young, and Private Marjorie N. Barrett.

Beaux-Arts Architects Ball, 1931

Beaux-Arts Architects Ball, 1931

The Beaux-Arts Architects annual ball on January 23, 1931 saw some unusual costumes. Around two dozen architects attended the function as the famous buildings they created. Held in the main ballroom of the Hotel Astor, the party’s theme was “”Fête Moderne – a Fantasie in Flame and Silver” and tickets sold for $15. New York Times […]

Wyoming & Women’s Suffrage

Wyoming & Women’s Suffrage

While female suffragists worked endlessly on the east coast for the right to vote, women on the other side of the country achieved that right. The relationship between the Wyoming Territory and women’s suffrage is an interesting one. At the time the territory had a ratio of six men to one woman and, in 1869, […]

Candid Moment between Tobacco Farmers, 1940

Candid Moment between Tobacco Farmers, 1940

Photograph is of a candid moment between Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lyman who were Polish tobacco farmers near Windsor Locks, Connecticut in September 1940. Flickr user Carl_205 worked at the Library of Congress in the early 1980s and talked with photographer Jack Delano about some of his photographs. He wrote the following about this photograph: […]

War Dog Handler, Peleliu, 1944

War Dog Handler, Peleliu, 1944

Message Delivered – A handler of the Marine War Dog contingent participating in the Peleliu action, reads a note just delivered by his canine messenger.

American Soldiers in Europe, 1919

American Soldiers in Europe, 1919

American Soldiers in Europe in 1919. I believe that is President Woodrow Wilson walking between the ranks with the fur-collar coat.

Birth & Death: The Tragedies of Teddy’s Life

Birth & Death: The Tragedies of Teddy’s Life

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, endured much tragedy in his life. As a child he had frequent ailments and was often sickly. He also suffered from Asthma and had to be propped up in bed to sleep. On his 22nd birthday, in 1880, Teddy married Alice Hathaway Lee. On February 14, 1884, […]

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