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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, […]

Beer Shower at the 1959 World Series

Beer Shower at the 1959 World Series

During the October 2nd game of the 1959 World Series, White Sox left fielder Al Smith had an interesting moment. In the fifth inning of the game at Comiskey Park, Smith found himself in the middle of a ‘shower.’ A beer shower to be exact as a fan accidentally tipped over his cup of beer, […]

Letters From the Front – War of 1812

Letters From the Front – War of 1812

Perez Drinkwater of Portland, Maine (then part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) was a lieutenant on Lucy – a privateer schooner – during the War of 1812. Towards the end of 1813, he and the Lucy crew were captured southwest of England. In the following letter to his brother Elbridge Drinkwater, Perez described the prisoner […]

In Their Words – Albert Camus

In Their Words – Albert Camus

Happy Autumn!

Code talkers en route to Okinawa, 1945

Code talkers en route to Okinawa, 1945

En route to Okinawa, PFC Joe Hosteen Kelwood of Steamboat Canyon, Ganado, Arizona; Pvt Floyd Saupitty of Lawton, Oklahoma (a Comanche); and PFC Alex Williams of Red Lake, Leupp, Arizona. Between 400-500 Native American “code talkers” served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. Their job was primarily to transmit secret tactical messages by using […]

Actress Gloria Swanson, 1919

Actress Gloria Swanson, 1919

In a production still from the 1919 film Don’t Change Your Husband, actress Gloria Swanson is shown in profile. Swanson was one of the most prominent actors during the silent film era and was often directed by the famous Cecil B. DeMille. She was also nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category […]

Flag at Fort McHenry

Flag at Fort McHenry

This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873 by George Henry Preble. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812. At 6:00 a.m. on September 13, 1814, British warships began […]

Trick Riding at the Round-Up, 1914

Trick Riding at the Round-Up, 1914

Cowgirls Hazel Walker and Babe Lee performing a riding trick at the Round-Up, Pendleton, Oregon, ca. 1914. One of the cowgirls is seen laying across the saddle while the other looks to be standing on top of the one laying down.

Famous Relations: Humphrey Bogart & Princess Diana

Famous Relations: Humphrey Bogart & Princess Diana

Struggling with Umbrellas, 1938

Struggling with Umbrellas, 1938

Two New York women struggle with their umbrellas during the 1938 “The Long Island Express.” The storm (also known as “The Great New England Hurricane of 1938″ and the “Yankee Clipper”) pounded the Eastern Seaboard in late September. It caused over $300 million in damages while 700 were killed and 708 more injured.

Airman Wearing “Mae West” Preserver

Airman Wearing “Mae West” Preserver

One of the “Flying Sergeants” dons his oxygen apparatus for high altitude flying. Immediately over his heavy flying suit is his “Mae West” life preserver, which is easily inflated. The airman was photographed by Russell Lee in May 1942 at Lake Muroc, California. Life preservers were commonly nicknamed “Mae West” because, once inflated, it appeared […]

“Where were you when…”

“Where were you when…”

“And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice: We will not give in to terrorists; We will not rest until they are found and defeated; We will win this struggle; not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; so help us God.” -Sen. […]

Woodrow Wilson & King George V of England

Woodrow Wilson & King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace on December 28, 1918. Despite President Wilson’s campaign pledge to keep the United States neutral and out of World War I, he asked Congress for a declaration of war in April 1917. Shortly after, American troops were sent to Europe and joined the […]

“Capitol Crawl” – Americans with Disabilities Act...

“Capitol Crawl” – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

“What we did for civil rights in the ‘60s, we forgot to do for people with disabilities.” – Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) said of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 On Monday, March 12, 1990 disability rights activists descended on the U.S. Capitol demanding the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which would […]

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