Child tethered to deck of canal boat , 1900. This photo was taken in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which was abandoned after the Flood of 1924 and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1972. The practice of tethering children to poles on boats was a popular one to prevent children from accidentally falling into water. […]
On June 7, 1911, around 5,000 of New York’s orphans took part in the seventh annual outing of the New York Orphans’ Automobile Association. They were taken for a rainy day of fun to Luna Park. The orphans were allowed to participate in the day’s festivities as a reward of good conduct. Around 310 vehicles […]
While the actual title – Labor Day Queen – is not all that ‘odd’ but, rather, the setting of the contest is quite interesting. Held on the Tule Lake Relocation Center in Newell, California, the Labor Day Queen contest was held for the Japanese-American internees on September 7, 1942. Tule Lake Relocation Center opened on […]
Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe’s military balloon near Gaines Mill, Virginia. The photo shows the inflation of the balloon “Intrepid” from portable gas tanks with help from the Union soldiers in Henrico County, Virginia. The balloon was used to survey the Battle of Fair Oaks. Lowe, not visible in this image, is standing to the right of the balloon.