….because history in pictures is just too cool!
Nov 1930: A worker pauses for a sandwich, resting on a girder without any safety harness during the construction of Empire State Building, New York
Though rumors of hundreds of people dying on the work site circulated during the time of its construction, official records state that only five workers were killed: One worker was struck by a truck; a second fell down an elevator shaft; a third was hit by a hoist; a fourth died in a blast area; and a fifth fell off a scaffold.
At peak times during construction, there were as many as 3,400 workers at one time.
1955 : Sunlight focused on a reflective disk bounces back enough heat to light a cigarette in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photograph by Bob Towers. Such a cool photo xD
This solar-cooker demonstration, part of the World Symposium on Applied Solar Energy, was one of 85 displays from 50 exhibitors on the grounds of the Phoenix Public Library in the fall of 1955. Some 29,000 people came to marvel at sun-powered sights, from electricity generation to furnaces to baking cinnamon rolls.
1909 : A messenger of the Chippewa tribe starts a smoke signal on a hilltop in Montana
Photograph by Joseph K. Dixon from the book ‘The Vanishing Race.’
Flags, birds, a boat, and an arch made from bales of codfish greeted Crown Prince Gustav during his 1887 visit to the Norwegian port of Hammerfest, one of the northernmost towns in the world
“The entire town is built of timber,” said Charles Harris Phelps who took this photograph.
All that wood would prove to be a problem. In 1890 the town was destroyed by fire. Then the rebuilt Hammerfest was burned down again in 1945—this time on Hitler’s orders—as occupying Nazi forces fled a Soviet advance. Thousands were left homeless. Many rode out the winter in local caves. Yet Hammerfest rose from the ashes once more. Today some 11,000 people call it home, and maritime pursuits are still the overarching industry.
July 1934 : Billie Samuels leaving to ride from Sydney to Melbourne(Australia), in hopes of breaking the women’s record in 3 days and 7 hours, on a Malvern Star bicycle.
She has a koala bear mascot in front of the Malvern Star bike. Miss Billie broke the record held by Miss Valsa Barbour
1958 : Pointers named Tyree and Skeeter poke through portholes in a car(Plymouth), British Columbia, Canada.
The animals’ owner, E. D. Todd of Victoria, British Columbia, installed the openings in the trunk “to give dogs light and air when he went driving.”
The Pointer, often called the English Pointer, is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed as a gun dog.
1952 : Bathers bask in geothermal mud at a spa in Kopavogur, Iceland.
The treatment is said to relax the muscles and soothe the skin. Present-day spas in Iceland continue the tradition, limiting sessions in the 100°F mud to 15 minutes and warning off those with heart or lung problems or allergies to nickel.
1917 : A camping party atop a fallen tree at the Sequoia National Park in California.
Photograph by H.E. Park(National Geographic)
The largest trees had diameters of 35-40 feet.
Titanic Survivors Charlotte Collyer and her 8-year-old daughter Marjorie after they finally made it to America.
She has a White Star Line blanket on her lap.
1920 : 5 year old Ingrid Bergman with her father artist Justus Bergman in Sweden.
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress.
1958 : Promotional image of a couple laughing while posing behind an XP-700 1958 Corvette by Chevrolet.
The automobile featured a conventional chassis with a fiberglass body.
Future president of the United States Gerald Ford (#48) standing next to his roommate at Michigan, Willis Ward (#61) in the team photo (1934).
A couple overlooks a Paris Boulevard in 1901.
The boy has no interest in losing his hat to the wind, while the couple is still putting up the good fight holding on to theirs.
1931 : Young boys attempting to retrieve lost coins through street grating during the Great Depression in New York.
The boxing Bennett sisters from New York, circa 1910.
However, this wasn’t the sisters’ only talent. Not only did they box, they also wrestled.
Mark Twain visits the Houses of Parliament in London. 2nd of July, 1907.
1933 : Bartenders at Sloppy Joe’s bar pour a round of drinks on the house for a large group of smiling customers as it was announced that the 18th Amendment had been repealed and Prohibition had been removed from the US Constitution after 13 years, Chicago, Illinois.