In the 19th century, American bison were hunted to near extinction. Entrepreneurs and hunters killed the animals for their prized skins and left their bodies behind to decay. In this picture, a poacher is seen standing on a pile of around 100,000 bison skulls waiting to be crushed down for fertilizer.
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President William Howard Taft’s pet cow, Pauline Wayne, used to graze on the lawn of the White House and the State, War, and Navy Building (now the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building) next door. In 1910, Taft’s previous cow, Mooly Wooly, died after eating too many oats. Wisconsin senator Isaac Stephenson bought Pauline Wayne […]
Operation “Windmill” (officially known as the U.S. Navy Second Antarctic Development Project) was an exploration and training mission to Antarctica in 1947–1948. On December 5, 1947, two naval icebreakers – USS Edisto and USS Burton Island – left Samoa for Antarctic waters. Commanding the 500 men with the operation was Commander Gerald L. Ketchum, a veteran of World […]
The cowboy was one of the quintessential symbol of the American frontier. Photographer J.C.H. Grabill took this 1887 photo of a cowboy posing on a horse with a lasso and rifle attached to the saddle. At the time, Grabill was living in Sturgis in the Dakota Territory so it is possibly this photograph was taken there.
Cher Ami was a Blue Check carrier pigeon, one of the 600 birds owned and flown by the US Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. She delivered twelve important messages from the Verdum front to her loft at Rampont. On average, Cher Ami flew a distance of thirty kilometers in around twenty-four minutes. […]
Lou Henry, age 17, on a burro at Acton, California, on August 22, 1891. Growing up, she was described as a tomboy who loved going camping in the hills of California. In 1894, she enrolled as the only female geology major at Stanford University. It was there she met her future husband (and future U.S. President) […]