Railroad Snow Plow, 1880

Railroad Snow Plow, 1880

The title of this photograph is “O&W Snow Plow #3” and shows a snow plow attached to a train and is clearing snow from the tracks in New York sometime in 1880. A man stands on top and the plow is directly in front of the engine. While the photo description states that the photograph […]

In Their Words – Isabel Allende

In Their Words – Isabel Allende

My new motto when writing history:

Famous Relations – Shirley MacLaine & Warren Beatty

Famous Relations – Shirley MacLaine & Warren Beatty

The fourth in History By Zim’s “Famous Relations” series.

Letters From the Front – World War II

Letters From the Front – World War II

Army Private Paul Curtis received a letter from his younger brother inquiring what war was like. The Oak Ridge, Tennessee native was fighting in Anzio, Italy when he penned back the following letter telling his brother about war. May 28, 1944 Dear Mitchell: I just finished writing you a V-Mail, but it seems I had […]

Clearing Land, 1880

Clearing Land, 1880

Photo is of settlers clearing land in 1880. The man looks to be clearing the land with a plow attached to a horse while a woman (standing to the left of the man) seems to be holding a stick (perhaps a rake or hoe) with pigs besides her.  On the right of the photograph is […]

Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, 1960

Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, 1960

Publicity photo of Shari Lewis and her puppets Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse from The Ford Show, 7 April 1960.

Vietnam Smoke Signal, 1967

Vietnam Smoke Signal, 1967

Companies B and C, 1st Bn, 8th Inf, 1st Bde, 4th Infantry Division, assemble on top of Hill 742, located five miles northeast of Dak To, prior to moving out. A purple smoke grenade is ignited in the background to guide in a helicopter, November 14-17. 1967.

Mug Shots: Minnie Bradley

Mug Shots: Minnie Bradley

Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.” On December 13, 1902, Minnie Bradley was arrested by the Omaha Police for larceny. She refused to look at the camera as her mug shot was taken. On her arrest sheet, […]

In Their Words – James Baldwin

In Their Words – James Baldwin

United States Indian Band, 1929

United States Indian Band, 1929

The United States Indian Band, representing 13 tribes, toured the United States in 1929. Here they are shown at the U.S. Capitol where they arrived to serenade Vice President Charles Curtis who was the first person with significant acknowledged Native American ancestry to reach the Vice Presidency.

Odd Ads: DuPont Cellophane Ads

Odd Ads: DuPont Cellophane Ads

The next installment of History By Zim’s “Odd Ads of the Past” brings you babies and the invention they are wrapped in – cellophane! Nothing sounds safer than wrapping babies in plastic wrap. . . . These 1950s DuPont advertisements feature cellophane, a product they state “inaugurated a consumer revolution.” Cellophane was invented by Jacques […]

Gun Crew, 1918

Gun Crew, 1918

Gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing 37mm gun during an advance against German entrenched positions, 1918.

Wind Erosion during the Dust Bowl

Wind Erosion during the Dust Bowl

Wind erosion carries topsoil from farmland during the Dust Bowl, circa 1930’s.

555th (Triple Nickel) Parachute Infantry Battalion

555th (Triple Nickel) Parachute Infantry Battalion

Members of the 555th (Triple Nickel) Parachute Infantry Battalion march down Michigan Avenue in Washington, DC on April 6, 1945. The Triple Nickel was an all black airborne unit in World War II. Members of the 555th (Triple Nickel) Parachute Infantry Battalion are briefed before takeoff from Ft. Dix, New Jersey in 1947. At the end […]

Cowboys Prepare for Roundup, 1925

Cowboys Prepare for Roundup, 1925

Cowboys prepare for roundup on a Oklahoma ranch in May 1925.

Buffalo Bill Cody and the Medal of Honor

Buffalo Bill Cody and the Medal of Honor

Buffalo Bill Cody’s name is deeply cemented in Wild West history. The famous frontiersman, Pony Express rider and buffalo hunter’s legendary antics were popularized (and usually exaggerated) in dime novels. His fame propelled him to created a stage show aptly named “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show that debuted on May 19, 1883 in Omaha, Nebraska. […]