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March on Washington and “I Have a Dream”

March on Washington and “I Have a Dream”

“The greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “I Have A Dream” speech Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have A Dream” speech. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, […]

In Their Words – Neil Armstrong

In Their Words – Neil Armstrong

Sharing a Meal with Fuzzy, 1951

Sharing a Meal with Fuzzy, 1951

Pvt. Dick L. Powell, of Findlay, Ohio, share a meal with his puppy friend, Fuzzy, near the front in 35th Reg, 25th Div area on March 12, 1951. Fuzzy first looks on hungrily before he digs in. This photo may have been taken as the 25th Division participated in Operation Ripper from March 7–April 4, 1951. […]

Daniel Emmett & “Dixie”

Daniel Emmett & “Dixie”

“Dixie” was one of the most popular songs to have emerged in the United States during the 19th century. As all roads began leading to the Civil War, “Dixie” reinforced and strengthened the identity of the South. However, this was not intention of the song’s composer who was a loyal Unionist and, reportedly, disgusted by […]

Four Women Posing Humorously, 1890

Four Women Posing Humorously, 1890

This tintype is of four women posing humorously in a studio. Taken around 1890, it truly is a remarkable look at the relationship between these four women.

Ernest Hemingway & Cats

Ernest Hemingway & Cats

Ernest Hemingway, one of America’s most influential 20th Century authors, perpetuated the idea of masculinity – both in his written work and in himself as an avid fisherman, hunter and boxer. Surprisingly, Hemingway also had a soft spot for cats.  His fondness for cats was widely photographed and he was quoted as saying that “[a] […]

Camp Fire Girls, 1918

Camp Fire Girls, 1918

A troop of Camp Fire Girls dressed in Native American costume took part in the Grandview Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at the Willits H. Sawyer residence at 1499 Roxbury Road on Wednesday, May 15, 1918. Until Upper Arlington [Ohio] opened its school system in October 1918, children in the community attended the Grandview schools.

Lucille Ball on “What’s My Line?” (1954)

Lucille Ball on “What’s My Line?” (1954)

Actress Lucille Ball as the mystery guest on the February 21, 1954 episode of “What’s My Line?” in which she shows off her legendary comedy chops. The panelists are Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis and Deborah Kerr with moderator John Charles Daly. [Skip to 15:00 for Lucille Ball.]

WWI Aero Ambulance

WWI Aero Ambulance

The portion of the caption that can be seen states: “Demonstrating the use of Hospital plane in giving quick aid to wounded aviators. Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.”

Women Strike for Peace, 1962

Women Strike for Peace, 1962

About 800 women from Women Strike for Peace protested on 47 Street near the UN Building during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Women Strike for Peace (later known as Women for Peace) was founded in 1961 by Bella Abzug and Dagmar Wilson when they protested the use of above ground nuclear testing that occurred […]

In Their Words – Andy Rooney

In Their Words – Andy Rooney

Mug shots: Lucy Parsons

Mug shots: Lucy Parsons

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.” According to a website dedicated to Lucy Parsons: For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an increasingly oppressive industrial […]

“Ask Ann Landers” & “Dear Abby”

“Ask Ann Landers” & “Dear Abby”

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Anything you can do, I can do better!”? The two women behind the famous and influential “Ask Ann Landers” and “Dear Abby” columns reinforced that idiom. Not only are they related, but twins! Esther Pauline “Eppie” Friedman (“Ask Ann Landers”) and Pauline Esther Friedman (“Dear Abby”) were born […]

Baptizing on Iwo Jima, 1945

Baptizing on Iwo Jima, 1945

In these photos, Chaplain John Craven is shown baptizing soldiers on Iwo Jima in 1945. Nicknamed “John the Baptist” by fellow Marines in the field, he was a Captain in the Navy’s Chaplain Corps and served with the U.S. Marine Corps units in high-casualty combat operations during both the Second World War and the Korean […]

Children with Toy Sailboats, ca. 1929-1932

Children with Toy Sailboats, ca. 1929-1932

Crowd of children standing on the dock watching toy sailboats at Laurelhurst Park, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1929-1932. Two young girls wading in the water at Laurelhurst Park and reaching for a toy sailboat, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1929-1932.

Miss Psywar, 1940s

Miss Psywar, 1940s

I could not find any further information on this “Miss Psywar” beauty contest beyond the fact that it took place in Washington state and these were four of its contestants. From the photos, especially the one with the poster below, I assume “Psywar” is short for “Psychological Warfare” which is any weapons or tactics used […]

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