The Wonder Spot was a tourist attraction located off US Route 12 in Lake Delton, Wisconsin from 1952 to 2006. A popular side trip for visitors to nearby Wisconsin Dells, the Wonder Spot was advertised as a place “where the laws of natural gravity seem to be repealed.”
Visitors walked down a ravine into a cabin, where seemingly no one could stand up straight, water flowed backwards, and chairs could be balanced on two legs.
Old Abe, the American War Eagle, was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the American Civil War.
Old Abe was in thirty-nine battles during the Civil War including Fredericktown, and the Siege of Vicksburg. Old Abe was not just a mascot, but became a patriotic symbol for the entire nation. Later, her image was adopted as the eagle appearing on a globe in Case Corporation’s logo and as the screaming eagle on the insignia of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
Old Abe was said to have had a six-and-a-half foot wingspan and wore a red, white, and blue ribbon around its neck.
In February 1881, a small fire broke out in the basement of the Capitol. After Old Abe raised an alarm, the fire was quickly put out. However, the eagle inhaled a large amount of thick black smoke, and about a month later, lost strength and began to decline. On March 26, 1881, in spite of the efforts of numerous doctors, Old Abe died in the arms of caretaker George Gilles.
1947 : A Little commuter in New York City
Photograph by Fred Stein.
Casual attire and regular ol brooms
1924 : The Swedish and British Curling teams from the first Winter Olympics, which were held in Chamonix, France.
United we stand
Oct 1941 : A photograph showing a soldier from each of five different allied armies fighting together against the Africakorps of Rommel in Tobruk, North Africa
From the left they are Polish, British, Indian, Australian and Czech.
1929 : A small boy along with his pet in Scotland.
A rare picture postcard of Niagara Falls Frozen Over in 1911
The card was dated on August 25, 191 and bore the following caption: “The cave of the Winds, gyved with a marvelous accumulation of ice and the great flow of water completely hidden by crystalline helmets. Such a sight is rarely to be witnessed, however for history records only three, the last time in 1886, when it is said, a million persons visited Niagara to see the marvelous exhibition of the ice king.”
1928: Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe, south London, from a flood caused by the Thames breaking its banks.
One of the earliest professional photographs of young Lucille Ball modeling a snow dress for Hattie Carnegie’s salon. (1928)
Nov 1933 : Aviatrix Amelia Earhart teaching the basics of aeronautics to young students from Newark, New Jersey.
Jan 1922 : Blizzard in Washington, D.C.
1906 : A vintage picture titled as ‘The Sisters’, Sydney, Australia
Photograph By Harold Cazneaux.
Jan 1909 : Man sitting on Glacier Point at Yosemite Valley in California.
1947 : Miss Iraq – Renee Dangoor, Baghdad, Iraq.
Renee Dangoor (age 21) was crowned Miss Baghdad on Dec 31, 1946, in the Iraqi Flying Club during the New Year’s Benefit Ball. In September 1947, she was crowned Iraq’s beauty queen. She was the first ever Miss Iraq.
She was also one of the first female doctors to graduate from Baghdad University. She died in 2008.
1976 : 12 year-old Jodie Foster (right) and her 19 year-old sister, Connie, who stood in for the younger actress’ more explicit scenes in “Taxi Driver”
She did the same thing for Jodie in “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane”.
1961 : A little boy waits with his black cat during Hollywood auditions for black cats, Los Angeles
The film was ‘Tales of Terror starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone. The producers were supposedly looking for 1 cat to star and five more as stand-ins from this casting call…..
….the rest of the movie-star-kitty hopefuls.
Nov 1936 : A New York Central Mercury train is dwarfed by Cleveland’s Union Station.
1929 : A vintage picture of a rain-soaked Paris.
1932 : First Nations Hockey Team from Alkali Lake. Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.
1890’s : A Victorian era woman getting photographed for the first time.