“1865 Baseball Card Found in Maine to be Auctioned”

10 January 2013

[via Yahoo]

1865 baseball card found at Maine yard sale to be sold at auction; only 2 known to exist

By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press | Associated Press – Wed, Jan 9, 2013

Associated Press -This photo released Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by the Saco River Auction Co., in Biddeford, Maine, shows a rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, on the Canadian border. The auction house expects six-figure bids at its Feb. 6 auction. (AP Photo/ Saco River Auction Co.)

Associated Press -
This photo released Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by the Saco River Auction Co., in Biddeford, Maine, shows a rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, on the Canadian border. The auction house expects six-figure bids at its Feb. 6 auction. (AP Photo/ Saco River Auction Co.)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Six-figure bids are expected when an auction house sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card that was discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine, the auction house manager said Wednesday.

A man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought while antique picking in the small town of Baileyville on the Canadian border, said Troy Thibodeau of Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford.

It’s not the same as a modern baseball card, which became commonplace beginning in the 1880s. Instead, it’s an original photograph from 1865 of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card. The card shows nine players gathered around their manager.

Thibodeau said he’s aware of only two such cards in existence, the other at the Library of Congress. Putting a dollar-figure value on it is difficult, he said, but he expects it to fetch at least $100,000 at the Feb. 6 auction.

“There hasn’t been another one that’s sold,” he said. “When there are only two known in the world, what’s it worth?”

Last summer, the auction house sold a rare 1888 card of Hall of Fame baseball player Michael “King” Kelly for $72,000. The priciest baseball card ever is a 1909 Honus Wagner card, which sold for $2.8 million in 2007.

The Library of Congress has had another copy of the Brooklyn Atlantics photograph since the late 1800s, when it took possession of it from a New York court where the photographer, Charles Williamson, had submitted it for copyright.

In its book “Baseball Americana,” the Library of Congress calls it the first dated baseball card, handed out to supporters and opposing teams in a gesture of bravado from the brash Brooklynites, who were dominant and won their league championships in 1861, 1864 and 1865.

It’s not known how many were produced, but the Library of Congress is aware of only the two copies. A trading card grading firm, Sportscard Guaranty LLC, has authenticated the card as the real thing, said Bob Luce, senior grader at the New Jersey company.

The Maine man bought the card by happenstance. While at a yard sale, he bought a photo album, old Coca-Cola bottles and a couple of oak chairs for less than $100, Thibodeau said.

While looking through the album, the buyer came across the baseball card. He later mailed it to Saco River Auction, having read about the auction house’s sale of the 1888 card last summer. Thibodeau did not release the man’s name, saying he did not want to be identified.

The rarest card around came from a 1923 promotional set of 30 cards, each with a black-and-white likeness of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, or some other baseball star. The cards were distributed by the Maple Crispette Candy Co. in Canada, and the person who collected all 30 could claim a prize, said Jim Gates, librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

But only one Casey Stengel card was produced among the entire bunch, Gates said, and that card is located in the Hall of Fame archives.

Tourists on the Overhanging Rock, Yosemite National Park

10 January 2013

Yosemite Park in California became the country’s third national park on October 1, 1890. (More facts on the park can be found here.) Glacier Point became one of the top attractions for tourists because it gave a panorama of Yosemite Valley, located 3,254 feet below. Overhanging Rock particularly became a premier spot for photographs. While some stand stoically on the rock scanning the horizon while others use the opportunity to dance or have fun with the camera. I admire their courage because just thinking about standing on the rock’s edge makes my stomach hurt….

Photo Credit: Friends of the Little Bighorn Battlefield

Tourists with an American flag at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, 1890’s. Photo Credit: Friends of the Little Bighorn Battlefield

Photo Credit: Library of Congress

Man and woman standing on rock extending from top of cliff; woman is raising her right leg as though to step off. Photo Credit: Library of Congress

Photo Credit: PBS.org

Kitty Tatch and Katherine Hazelston were waitresses in Yosemite’s Sentinel Hotel in the 1890s. They danced atop Overhanging Rock at Glacier Point for George Fiske’s famous photograph. Photo Credit: PBS.org

Photo Credit: Digital-Images.net

Locomobile steam car on Overhanging Rock in 1900. This was the first automobile to enter Yosemite Valley. Oliver Lippincott drove up the steep, winding road to Glacier Point. The next morning it was hauled onto Overhanging Rock by ropes for this famous photograph. Photo Credit: Digital-Images.net

Photo Credit: George Fiske/Yosemite Library

Galen Clark, first guardian of Yosemite Park, standing on Overhanging Rock, Glacier Point. Photo Credit: George Fiske/Yosemite Library

Photo Credit:  H. G. Peabody, Boston/Library of Congress

Man standing on Glacier Point, facing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California, ca. 1901. Photo Credit: H. G. Peabody, Boston/Library of Congress

Photo Credit: PBS.org

A female tourist stands on the edge of Overhanging rock, nearly a mile straight down and only a step–from Glacier Point (N.W.) across valley to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, Cal., circa 1902. Photo Credit: Library of Congress

Unidentified photographer, Overhanging Rock, Yosemite Valley. Photo Credit: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

Unidentified photographer, Overhanging Rock, Yosemite Valley. Photo Credit: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

Photo Credit: J. J. Killelea & Co./Library of Congress

Man sitting on Glacier Point, January 2, 1909. Photo Credit: J. J. Killelea & Co./Library of Congress

A 1916 Publicity shot of a Studebaker Roadster. Photo Credit: Durango Roadtrip

A 1916 Publicity shot of a Studebaker Roadster. Photo Credit: Durango Roadtrip

A man poses atop Overhanging Rock at Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point, circa 1920s. Photo Credit: University of Southern California

A man poses atop Overhanging Rock at Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point, circa 1920s. Photo Credit: University of Southern California

Geene Courtney, Sausage Queen, 1955

9 January 2013

Geene Courtney, Sausage Queen.

Sponsored by the Zion Meat Company during National Hot Dog Week, 1955.

Bess Truman – “Anti-First Lady”

8 January 2013
Bess Truman, between 1944 and 1953. Photo Credit: Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress

Bess Truman, between 1944 and 1953. Photo Credit: Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress

First Lady Bess Truman, wife of the Harry Truman – the 33rd President of the United States, was the only twentieth-century first lady to never give an interview during her husband’s presidency. Not only did she disliked being First Lady, Bess discontinued Eleanor Roosevelt’s First Lady press conferences. Bess did as little entertaining and social events as possible during her time in the White House. After President Truman’s presidency, the couple moved back to their home in Independence, Missouri, where they stayed until their deaths.

Amy Pastan. The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2012, 164.

Ford Model T Truck Hauling 8,000 Pounds of Hay, 1921

7 January 2013
Ford Model T Truck Hauling 8,000 Pounds of Hay, 1921. The Henry Ford Collection (THF22063)

Ford Model T Truck Hauling 8,000 Pounds of Hay, 1921. The Henry Ford Collection (THF22063)

“This photograph shows a Ford Model T truck hauling a large load of hay down a paved country road. The dried fodder seems to overwhelm the small truck, yet the driver gamely travels along. Model Ts were popular for transporting harvest crops. They had earned a tough reputation among farmers who knew the vehicles could handle hard work.”

WWII Defense bond display, Grand Central Station, New York City

7 January 2013

Defense Bond display at Grand Central Station, 1942 (Photo Credit: Arthur Rothstein/Westchester Magazine).

War is expensive, no matter when or where it is fought. During the World Wars, the United States government issued war bonds to help finance military operations. The purpose of these bonds were two-fold, they generated capital for the government as well as making citizens feel as though they were involved in helping the war efforts. The push for selling war bonds during the Second World War was important. The country just dug itself out of the Great Depression and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 struck a deep chord. In an effort to increase citizen participation and reiterate the sense of patriotism, war bond drives became successful campaigns. Mass media and Hollywood stars and starlets helped to sell defense bonds. Drives and displays were created all over the country to promote homefront efforts. One such display is a massive mural by the Farm Security Administration in New York’s famed Grand Central Station.

The Library of Congress documents the progress of how the massive display at Grand Central Station came to be.

Fabrication of the mural by Farm Security Administration:

Photo Credit: Arthur Rothstein/Farm Security Administration (Library of Congress)

Installing the defense bond sales photomural in the concourse of the Grand Central terminal:

Photo Credit: Arthur Rothstein/Farm Security Administration (Library of Congress)

Photo Credit: Edwin Rosskam/Farm Security Administration (Library of Congress)

Photo Credit: Arthur Rothstein/Farm Security Administration (Library of Congress)

Cocaine as a Local Anesthetic

6 January 2013
Cocaine toothache drops were popular with children and with their parents. Not only would the medicine numb the pain, but it could also put the user in a "better" mood. (Department of Psychology/University at Buffalo)

Cocaine toothache drops were popular with children and with their parents. Not only would the medicine numb the pain, but it could also put the user in a “better” mood. (Department of Psychology/University at Buffalo)

“I was making frequent use of cocaine at that time … I had been the first to recommend the use of cocaine, in 1885, and this recommendation had brought serious reproaches down on me.”

- Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams*

Cocaine is now a Class A drug but, at one point in history, it was a popular painkiller and local anesthetic.

Sigmund Freud, the famous Vienna psychoanalyst, used cocaine in the treatment of morphine addiction in the 1880s. Additionally, he thought cocaine was an all-around drug that could help with fatigue, indigestion and depression.

William Halsted in 1922 (Photo by John H. Stocksdale/U.S. National Library of Medicine)

William Halsted in 1922 (Photo by John H. Stocksdale/U.S. National Library of Medicine)

He suggested to Carl Koller, a German eye surgeon, that cocaine could be used as a local anesthetic for eye surgery since it blocks pain.

After experimenting, Koller released medical reports and findings that affirmed Freud’s assumption that cocaine could be used as a local anesthetic because, not only could it blocked pain, it also numbed tissue.

Branching off of Koller’s work, William Halsted, an American doctor, began to inject it into nerves and under the skin for small operations. During his experimentation with cocaine as a local anesthetic, Halsted, himself, became addicted and he documented the drug’s addictive qualities.

In his attempt to kick the habit, Halsted was sent to Butler Sanatorium in Providence, Rhode Island. In order to get him off cocaine, morphine was substituted instead. It did not help. For the rest of his life, Halsted was dependent on both cocaine and morphine.

 

*When cocaine was shown to be addictive and had very harmful side effects, Freud’s medical reputation somewhat suffered.

Dr. Naomi Craft. The Little Book of Medical Breakthroughs. New York: Metro Books, 2010, 78-79.
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In Their Words – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5 January 2013

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Transcendentalist philosopher and essayist, wrote this statement in his essay Self Reliance.

Candy Factory

5 January 2013
Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine/New York Public Library

Candy sorter in the old Huyler factory, New York City (1900-1937). Photo Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine/New York Public Library

U.S. Department of Agriculture/New York Public Library

In a candy factory making gum drops. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/New York Public Library

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture/New York Public Library

Chocolate grinders in a candy factory. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/New York Public Library

Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine/New York Public Library

Candy factory workers (1900-1937). Photo Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine/New York Public Library

Zim’s Note: The top and bottom photos immediately reminded me of the “I Love Lucy” episode with Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory. The scene of them frantically sorting candy is one of my favorites of the entire series.

Attorney General Bill Baxley vs. the KKK

4 January 2013
The four girls killed in the bombing (Clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair) (Image found here)

The four girls killed in the bombing (Clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair) (Image found here)

On Sunday, September 15, 1963 a box of dynamite exploded under the steps (near the basement) of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14), were killed in the attack, and more than 20 additional people were injured.

A witness came forward and identified known Ku Klux Klan member, Robert Chambliss, of placing the bomb in the church. Chambliss was arrested and charged with murder. Police found that he possessed 122 sticks of dynamite and he was charged with having it without a permit. Less than a month later, Chambliss was found not guilty of the murders and only received a hundred-dollar fine with six-month jail time for possessing the dynamite. The fine and jail time was later overturned on appeals. The FBI identified Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, Herman Frank Cash and Thomas E. Blanton, Jr. as the lead suspects in the bombing. However, by 1968, the investigation closed with no additional charges filed.

Baxley served as the attorney general of Alabama from 1971 to 1979. (Photo by John Scott; Alabama Archives)

Baxley served as the attorney general of Alabama from 1971 to 1979. (Photo by John Scott; Alabama Archives)

This event would become a crucial point for the Civil Rights Movement – both in Birmingham and around the country.

In 1970, Bill Baxley became the youngest person in the United States to hold a state attorney generalship. Within one week of being sworn in as Attorney General of Alabama, 29-year-old Baxley reopened the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. “Now I could do what I had sworn to do,” he remembers thinking. “Within two months in office I had set one goal for myself: to solve that bombing case.”

Of course his crusade in bringing justice to the four girls brought him some enemies. Especially with the Ku Klux Klan. In February 1976, he received a threatening letter from the KKK’s Grand Dragon Edward R. Fields who stated that Baxley re-opened the case for ‘tactical reasons.’ He also wrote, “We would like to congratulate you, you are not an honorary n*****.”

Baxley promptly wrote back to Fields on official letterhead the following:

Letter from Baxley to KKK

(Image Credit:  Letters of Note)

Transcript:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
STATE OF ALABAMA

February 28, 1976

“Dr.” Edward R. Fields
National States Rights Party
P. O. Box 1211
Marietta, Georgia 30061

Dear “Dr.” Fields:

My response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is – kiss my ass.

Sincerely,

BILL BAXLEY
Attorney General

Over seven years of investigating (with previously unused FBI evidence and files), Chambliss was once again brought to court. This time, he was found guilty. He remained in prison until his death in 1985. Witnesses started coming forward and in May 2000, Blanton and Cherry also received indictments (Cash had died in 1994) in the bombings.

When asked in a recent interview where he got the “gumption” to face the KKK and the racial hostilities, Baxley stated, “I was aware there was danger out there. But I was younger, you feel invincible, and I knew I was doing right.”

Sources
Six Dead After Church Bombing,” Washington Post, September 16, 1963.
Joyce Leviton, “After 14 Years, a Young Attorney General Closes in on the Birmingham Bombings,” People Magazine, October 31, 1977.
FBI, “A Byte Out of History – The ’63 Baptist Church Bombing,” September, 26, 2007.
Hunter Ford, “Hunter Ford’s Conversation with Bill Baxley,” Capstone Report, March 24, 2008.
Huffington Post
NPR

Letters From the Front – World War I

3 January 2013

Letter From the Front Photo

[The following letter is one of the many World War I exchanges from Lloyd Maywood Staley to his sweetheart Mary Beatrice Gray. Staley was in the 35th Division U.S. Army which was made up of the National Guards of Missouri and Kansas. This letter was written while he was en route to Liverpool, England before landing in Le Havre, France, where Staley served the rest of his enlistment in the Postal Detachment of the 35th Division, A.P.O. 743.]

Lloyd's official army photo. (Photo courtesy of Marjorie Layton, Lloyd's eldest daughter)

Lloyd Maywood Staley’s official army photo. (Photo courtesy of Marjorie Layton, Lloyd’s eldest daughter and found here)

May 1, 1918
Most anywhere in the Atlantic

My Dearest Mary,
      It has been some time since I have written you but facilities for mailing of letters is rather limited I have found. I suppose I may expect you to get this some time this summer and, if I am lucky, I may get my answer by next winter.
      I remember that today is May the 1st and that it is also your birthday. The best I can do is to write a letter from almost nowhere on earth. I certainly hope May 1st was a more pleasant day in K.C. than here. The sea has been a little rough for two days and this is a pretty sick bunch on board this ship. I have been able to keep going all the time and, aside from feeling disagreeable, I have been alright. I don’t like the looks of anything to eat, though, and don’t expect to until this ship gets across.
      I have been sort of an orderly around the office since I have been here and I get to move around a little which keeps me doing something. All I want to do is to cross this water just once more, then I have no desire whatever to go on any more ocean trips.
      We are going to have an athletic contest of some description tomorrow. There is a half-mile run scheduled so you see we have quite a ship. It won’t take very many turns around this deck to make the distance either.
      There is little to write about, it seems. When I started to write, I thought I might be able to write quite a letter, but this trip is getting so frightfully monotonous that it takes all the pep out of one. The scenery is about the same all the time except it jumps a little higher and perhaps throws a little salt spray on you if you get too close.
      Another amusement we have is to watch the other ships and see how far they duck into the waves each time. Sometimes they are almost out of sight in a hollow between the waves. I used to think I might like the Navy but, if this is a sample, nothing to it for me.
      Don’t be surprised or feel hurt if my letters are short. There is so much we can’t say that I usually tell you about and then conditions for writing of letters are going to be decidedly poor, I am afraid. I will write all that I can and as often as possible and I hope that you get them all O.K.
      I wish you all sorts of good luck and happiness for your birthday. This seems like an inconsistency as you may get this in a month or two, but I am sure you know my thoughts of you tonight.
      So I close with the best of love for the only little girl in the world for me, 
      Your own Lloyd

Lloyd survived the war and on September 15, 1920, Lloyd and Mary were married. They had five boys and three girls. During World War II, their oldest son, Warren, served as a co-pilot on a B-25 bomber while their second son, John, chose the Navy. In February 1944, Lloyd and Mary were informed that Warren was missing in action after flying over the Mediterranean Sea on a mission. They were not given any more information and Warren was later declared killed in action. The other three sons also went into the military but did not serve overseas during this war. Mary passed away on October 11, 1974, Lloyd wrote that they “had fifty-four years of married life and I believe that we both would say they were good years. Times were sometimes difficult but we faced our difficulties together and were strengthened because of them.” Lloyd Maywood Staley passed away on December 15, 1983 at the age of 88 years.

Source

 

Military Censors at Work

2 January 2013

An unidentified group of American military censors at work in an unidentified location during the First World War. During this conflict, the US military began its first large-scale censorship of troop mail. Censors were on the alert for anything that might aid the enemy. References that were almost certain to be cut or blacked out were those to troop locations and movements.

History By Zim’s Year in Review!

1 January 2013

As we celebrate the new year today, I thought it was a good time to look back on History By Zim’s 2012 year.

Viewership

The website was visited in record numbers this year. In March, I posted about hitting the 100,000+ views milestone and eight months later, History By Zim is currently sitting at 600,000+ views.

On April 7th, History By Zim had it’s busiest day with 37,378 views that day (the site averages 500 views a day…). Someone shared Andrew Jackson’s Parrot over on Reddit and the post made it to the top of the day’s popular list.

Zim Around (Online) Town

This year, History By Zim created a Facebook page and Pinterest account. While Pinterest describes itself, over on the Facebook page, I post (almost) daily “On This Day” facts, quotes, news articles, videos and more.

In addition to being seen around various blogs and Tumblr pages, History By Zim was linked in an opinion article on the Los Angeles Times website on Halloween. They linked back to the Halloween in the White House post.

Yearly Fun Facts

History Repeats and DinosaurMost popular referrers to History By Zim:

  1. Google
  2. Reddit
  3. Facebook
  4. Pinterest
  5. Tumblr

Most viewed History By Zim posts:

  1. Andrew Jackson’s Parrot
  2. Lucille Ball
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Lincoln Logs
  5. Byzantine Architecture (yes, this one surprised me too…)

Inquiries

True.

True.

This year, I have been contacted frequently about many things. I’ve fielded e-mails from people requesting more information on specific topics or particular photos. Some have dropped me a line just to say they are enjoying the site. It’s always nice to know that this “little ole’ history site” is actually reaching people!

Back in May I posted about the origins of the Remembrance Poppy. In the post I discussed how Moina Belle Michael campaigned to get the poppy adopted as the national remembrance symbol and became known as the “Poppy Lady.” A few days later, I received an email from Barbara Walsh who was very happy I mentioned Moina Belle Michael because she had a personal connection with the “Poppy Lady.” Barbara actually wrote a beautiful children’s book about the “Poppy Lady” and was kind enough to send me a copy.

A few weeks ago, Smithsonian Books contacted me about whether History By Zim would be interested in doing a book review/feature of an upcoming title. I immediately agreed and The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia was released today if you want to buy a copy. I learned many new and interesting facts about some of the country’s past presidents that may be talked about here as the year progresses….

Onward to 2013!!

What you can look forward to this year:

The only caption needed: This is badass. (Source)

The only caption needed: This is epic. (Source)

But in all seriousness, thank you all for your continual support and enthusiasm for History By Zim. Thank you for your wonderful comments of encouragement and spelling/grammar corrections! I appreciate it more than words could ever express. This year, I hope to make History By Zim bigger and better than ever! I have a list of goals for the site that I intend to keep. One of which is to upload something at least once a day. I want to finish all the partial posts that have been sitting in the queue within the month. Additionally, I want to do more book/movie reviews as well as posting more about art. All in all, I intend to make 2013 a badass year for History By Zim . . . in a good way of course :-)

New Year’s Eve in Pictures

31 December 2012
NYE 1936

The New Year to came to the Bowery in 1936 to be greeted by a toast from these downtown folks. (Daily Mail)

Shirley Temple as the New Year's baby, 1937. (Flickr)

Shirley Temple as the New Year’s baby, 1937. (Flickr)

NYE 1937

As the clocks struck twelve on New Year’s Eve in 1937,thousands of people inundated Times Square with cowbells, noisemakers, and streamers. (Daily Mail)

NYE 1941

A United States Navy man on leave from his ship lifts an elbow and drinks a toast with his girlfriend to peace and more lasting reunions in the new year in 1941. (Daily Mail)

Japanese Americans at Central Utah Relocation Center celebrated reopening of the west coast with a big New Year's Eve party. Joseph Aoki portrays Father Time and his son Tommy, Baby New Year, Topaz, Utah, 1944. (Photo by Charles Mace: National Archives)

Japanese Americans at Central Utah Relocation Center celebrated reopening of the west coast with a big New Year’s Eve party. Joseph Aoki portrays Father Time and his son Tommy, Baby New Year. Topaz, Utah: 1944. (Photo by Charles Mace: National Archives)

New Year's eve party at the Sanford Jewish Community Center, Sanford, Florida, 1944. (State Archives of Florida: Florida Memory)

New Year’s eve party at the Sanford Jewish Community Center. Sanford, Florida: 1944. (State Archives of Florida: Florida Memory)

Hangover Booth

A hangover booth for revelers who go to far on New Years Eve has been set up at the Cafe Zanzibar in 1945. (Daily Mail)

NYE 1946

Two women try hard, but cannot seem to cheer up Jerry Therrien, bartender at the Copacobana in 1946. (Daily Mail)

NYE 1952

New Year’s Eve c.1952. (Flavorwire)

NYE 1956

New Year’s Eve in Times Square, c.1956, Photo by Dan Weiner (Flavorwire)

New-Years-Eve-Ball-1978

New Year’s Eve Ball c.1978, Photo by Chester Higgins Jr. (Flavorwire)

Ball Drop

Russ Brown, superintendent of Times Square, left, checks his watch before hoisting the Times Square ball in 1980, and New York City Mayor Ed Koch, right, gives a “thumbs up” as he flips a switch to test the Big Apple Ball on New Year’s Eve in 1980. (US News)

Merry Christmas!

24 December 2012

merry Christmas charlie brown

Last night I trekked out to my parents’ home in the country. After waking this morning and stumbling my way to the stairs, I glance out the window and saw large, fluffy snowflakes silhouetted against a grove of trees. The sight made me feel content. A wave of happiness flooded through me. I’m home and it’s Christmas. Not everyone is able to say that and it makes me that much more grateful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s!

Since I can’t help myself…

I happen to think this is one of the best Christmas movies ever!

I happen to think this is one of the best Christmas movies ever!

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