Immigrants walking the dock and onto Ellis Island.
Taken on May 27, 1916 by Tucker Beckett using flashlight powder, this night-time photo shows members of the Company A, 16th Infantry around a campfire. The soldiers were part of the Mexican Punitive Expedition which began in March of 1916. General John J. Pershing led several thousand U.S. troops across the border into Mexico following attacks […]
Shirley Temple Black shaking hands with President Gerald Ford in the Cabinet Room after being sworn-in as Chief of Protocol on July 20, 1976. Following her career in Hollywood, former child actress Shirley Temple embarked on a career in politics and diplomacy. She was a representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly; Ambassador to […]
Marine helicopter has hooked the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft and appears to have it in tow on July 22, 1961. Minutes later it was released because of the spacecraft being full of sea water after going under once. This was the second U.S. man-in-space flight. It was piloted by astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom (who […]
The “Baker” explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, was a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on July 25, 1946. Photo above was taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. The wider, exterior cloud is actually just a condensation cloud caused by the Wilson chamber effect, and was […]
Edward S. Curtis, a professional photographer in Seattle, devoted his life to documenting what was perceived to be a vanishing race. His monumental publication The North American Indian presented to the public an extensive ethnographical study of numerous tribes, and his photographs remain memorable icons of the American Indian. This portrait (taken between 1907-1930) is of […]