#ThrowbackThursday

1913 : New York Female Giants baseball team

1913 : New York Female Giants baseball team

Dec 1970 : A nurse holds a baby in the maternity unit at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Dollis Hill, London, during an energy dispute of Three-Day Week The Three-Day Week was one of several measures introduced in the United Kingdom by the Conservative Government(1970–1974) to conserve electricity, the generation of which was severely restricted owing to industrial action by coal miners.

Dec 1970 : A nurse holds a baby in the maternity unit at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Dollis Hill, London, during an energy dispute of Three-Day Week
The Three-Day Week was one of several measures introduced in the United Kingdom by the Conservative Government(1970–1974) to conserve electricity, the generation of which was severely restricted owing to industrial action by coal miners.

A pet squirrel gets towel dried in the 1940’s In the early 1940s, LIFE magazine reported that a Mrs. Mark Bullis of Washington, D.C., had adopted a squirrel “before his eyes were open, when his mother died and left him in a tree” in the Bullis’s back yard. Nina Leen took some amazing pictures of that squirrel.

A pet squirrel gets towel dried in the 1940’s
In the early 1940s, LIFE magazine reported that a Mrs. Mark Bullis of Washington, D.C., had adopted a squirrel “before his eyes were open, when his mother died and left him in a tree” in the Bullis’s back yard. Nina Leen took some amazing pictures of that squirrel.

1959 : Marilyn Monroe at the opening of the USA-Israel Football International, at Ebbets Field, New York

1959 : Marilyn Monroe at the opening of the USA-Israel Football International, at Ebbets Field, New York

Feb 1922 : A woman demonstrating an ingenious Prohibition-era fashion accessory, the cane-flask in Washington, D.C  People drank more during Prohibition simply because they loved the cunning little gadgets and hidey-holes. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Feb 1922 : A woman demonstrating an ingenious Prohibition-era fashion accessory, the cane-flask in Washington, D.C
People drank more during Prohibition simply because they loved the cunning little gadgets and hidey-holes. Necessity is the mother of invention.

A Victorian Mother in the parlor with her children late 1800's

A Victorian Mother in the parlor with her children late 1800’s

A U.S. Seventh Marine carries a rescued puppy in his pocket. SW of Da Nang, Vietnam 1968.

A U.S. Seventh Marine carries a rescued puppy in his pocket. SW of Da Nang, Vietnam 1968.

1906 : Māori woman with a typewriter in New Zealand

1906 : Māori woman with a typewriter in New Zealand

1916 : Scottish piper in a Kilt on the battlefield, World War One

1916 : Scottish piper in a Kilt on the battlefield, World War One

1961 : Firefighters lift a Citroën 2CV from a canal in Amsterdam

1961 : Firefighters lift a Citroën 2CV from a canal in Amsterdam

March 1943 : Times Square on a rainy day, New York

March 1943 : Times Square on a rainy day, New York

Edwardian socialite, and first wife of General Douglas MacArthur, Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1910

Edwardian socialite, and first wife of General Douglas MacArthur, Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1910

April 1945 : A Soviet soldier (left) and an American soldier (right) pose for a photograph after the Allied forces meet in Torgau. Saxony, Germany Torgau is the place where the United States Army forces coming from the west met forces of the Soviet Union coming from the east during the invasion of Germany on 25 April 1945, which is now commemorated as “Elbe Day”.

April 1945 : A Soviet soldier (left) and an American soldier (right) pose for a photograph after the Allied forces meet in Torgau. Saxony, Germany
Torgau is the place where the United States Army forces coming from the west met forces of the Soviet Union coming from the east during the invasion of Germany on 25 April 1945, which is now commemorated as “Elbe Day”.

1910's : Vintage Portrait of a Native American Girl with her child, Arizona

1910’s : Vintage Portrait of a Native American Girl with her child, Arizona

Crash

Advertisements

#ThrowbackThursday

throwback-thursday

1955 : James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of movie ''Giant''. Photo by Sanford Roth

1955 : James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of movie ”Giant”.
Photo by Sanford Roth

1926 : A policewoman chases a gang of little skinny dippers down the street at Hyde Park, London

1926 : A policewoman chases a gang of little skinny dippers down the street at Hyde Park, London

Nov 1977 : Racehorse trainer Tommy Woodcock with his champion racehorse 'Reckless' on the night before running second to Gold and Black in the Melbourne Cup of 1977, Flemington, Australia Reckless had won the Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane cups and the 73-year-old trainer liked the stallion's chances in the 1977 Melbourne Cup.  Horse and trainer died within months of each other in 1985.

Nov 1977 : Racehorse trainer Tommy Woodcock with his champion racehorse ‘Reckless’ on the night before running second to Gold and Black in the Melbourne Cup of 1977, Flemington, Australia
Reckless had won the Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane cups and the 73-year-old trainer liked the stallion’s chances in the 1977 Melbourne Cup.
Horse and trainer died within months of each other in 1985.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis  1935 : Jackie's favorite photo of herself (age 6) with her father, at a Long Island horse show, New York

Jacqueline Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier (Kennedy-Onassis)
1935 : Jackie’s favorite photo of herself (age 6) with her father, at a Long Island horse show, New York

1919 : A pack of five collie puppies perch atop a hill near Edinburgh, Scotland

1919 : A pack of five collie puppies perch atop a hill near Edinburgh, Scotland

1954 : Two young Inuit boys and a dog as they pose for photographer Ivan Dmitri by the beach in Alaska. Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. In the United States and Canada the term "Eskimo" was commonly used to describe the Inuit tribe.

1954 : Two young Inuit boys and a dog as they pose for photographer Ivan Dmitri by the beach in Alaska.
Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. In the United States and Canada the term “Eskimo” was commonly used to describe the Inuit tribe.

1920 : Canadian born Hollywood film star Mary Pickford with a dog and a kitten.

1920 : Canadian born Hollywood film star Mary Pickford with a dog and a kitten.

Frank Sinatra at age 10, looking as suave as you would expect - 1925

Frank Sinatra at age 10, looking as suave as you would expect – 1925

Robin Williams, 18, as a senior at Redwood High School - 1969.

Robin Williams, 18, as a senior at Redwood High School – 1969.

Robert De Niro, aged 7 in the year 1950.

Robert De Niro, aged 7 in the year 1950.

Paul McCartney, 8, with his father on a day trip - 1950.

Paul McCartney, 8, with his father on a day trip – 1950.

Fashionable ladies of the early 1900's.

Fashionable ladies of the early 1900’s.

Crash

Throwback Thursday

Paul McCartney, 8, with his father on a day trip - 1950.

Paul McCartney, 8, with his father on a day trip – 1950.

William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914 - The company was founded in 1903 and demand for motorcycles grew starting with WWI.

William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914 – The company was founded in 1903 and demand for motorcycles grew starting with WWI.

1960 : Elvis Presley playing a ducally on the beaches of Hawaii.

1960 : Elvis Presley playing a ducally on the beaches of Hawaii.

Gustave Eiffel - on the original spiral staircase of the Eiffel Tower, which he used to reach the summit during the inauguration in 1889.

Gustave Eiffel – on the original spiral staircase of the Eiffel Tower, which he used to reach the summit during the inauguration in 1889.

Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, the Grand Duchesses of Russia, in 1902.

Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, the Grand Duchesses of Russia, in 1902.

Atlanta housewife Ann Cox Williams poses with the $12.50 worth of groceries that in 1947 fed her family of four for a week. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' consumer price index, this is equivalent to $135.63 in 2013.

Atlanta housewife Ann Cox Williams poses with the $12.50 worth of groceries that in 1947 fed her family of four for a week.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer price index, this is equivalent to $135.63 in 2013.

1890's : Workers of Canadian Pacific Railway pose for a photo, British Columbia The Canadian Pacific Railway was founded in 1881. These trains were instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. They are still actively running today.

1890’s : Workers of Canadian Pacific Railway pose for a photo, British Columbia
The Canadian Pacific Railway was founded in 1881. These trains were instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. They are still actively running today.

1952 : Marilyn Monroe and a Russian Blue cat, Los Angeles Such a mesmerizing picture. The origin of the Russian Blue cat is in Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia.

1952 : Marilyn Monroe and a Russian Blue cat, Los Angeles
Such a mesmerizing picture. The origin of the Russian Blue cat is in Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia.

#WorldBookDay. 1933 : George Bernard Shaw at work in his Whitehall flat, London  Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt

#WorldBookDay.
1933 : George Bernard Shaw at work in his Whitehall flat, London.
Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt

1911 : A man giving milk straight from the cow to a thirsty wallaby in Queensland, Australia

1911 : A man giving milk straight from the cow to a thirsty wallaby in Queensland, Australia

1915 : Theodore Roosevelt in a 1910 Mitchell model S with a Connecticut plate.

1915 : Theodore Roosevelt in a 1910 Mitchell model S with a Connecticut plate.

1902 : An Edwardian lady and her pet dog, Marseille.

1902 : An Edwardian lady and her pet dog, Marseille.

June 1951 : Princess Elizabeth, aged 25, deputizes for her sick father at the "Trooping the Colour" ceremony.

June 1951 : Princess Elizabeth, aged 25, deputizes for her sick father at the “Trooping the Colour” ceremony.

Crash

Throwback Thursday

History in photos…

April 10, 1912 (103 years ago) TITANIC leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage.. As we all know - it was also her last.. It is estimated that 1,500 passengers and crew members perished with her.

April 10, 1912 (103 years ago)
TITANIC leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage.. As we all know – it was also her last.. It is estimated that 1,500 passengers and crew members perished with her.

Juha Niilo Panula, 7, was born on 1 September 1904. The son of Juha and Maria Panula, he boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother and four brothers. They were travelling to Coal Centre, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to join their father. None of the family would survive.... Juha's body was never found. Neither were those of his Mother or siblings.

Juha Niilo Panula, 7, was born on 1 September 1904. The son of Juha and Maria Panula, he boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother and four brothers. They were travelling to Coal Centre, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to join their father. None of the family would survive….
Juha’s body was never found. Neither were those of his Mother or siblings.

This photograph is the last known picture of RMS Titanic on the surface of the ocean. It was taken during her maiden voyage at Crosshaven, Ireland, just after the vessel departed Queenstown where it had stopped before heading westwards towards New York. Photo taken on April 12th, 1912. Three days after this photo was taken 1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be on the bottom of the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

This photograph is the last known picture of RMS Titanic on the surface of the ocean. It was taken during her maiden voyage at Crosshaven, Ireland, just after the vessel departed Queenstown where it had stopped before heading westwards towards New York. Photo taken on April 12th, 1912. Three days after this photo was taken 1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be on the bottom of the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

According to Time Magazine, the above photo was taken by Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne who sailed with the ship for the first leg of its journey, from Southampton (England) to Cobh (Ireland) then called Queenstown. The priest would have stayed for the remainder of the transatlantic journey too, having received an offer of a ticket from a wealthy family he befriended while on board. When Browne reached Cobh, however, he received a note from his clerical superior, ordering him to return to his station immediately rather than sail on with Titanic.

Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne

Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne

The gym on the Titanic.

The gym on the Titanic.

Third class passengers on Titanic's "poop deck," the deck area allotted for third class (Third class passengers were not allowed in the second or first class areas).

Third class passengers on Titanic’s “poop deck,” the deck area allotted for third class (Third class passengers were not allowed in the second or first class areas).

Captain John Smith and passenger Emilio Portaluppi -  the real life inspiration for the Titanic love story (but not between the two of them).

Captain John Smith and passenger Emilio Portaluppi – the real life inspiration for the Titanic love story (but not between the two of them).

Before becoming, at 44, Titanic's most celebrated survivor, Molly Brown knew both rags and riches; born to a Missouri ditch-digger, she headed west and married a successful gold miner.

Before becoming 44, Titanic’s most celebrated survivor, Molly Brown knew both rags and riches; born to a Missouri ditch-digger, she headed west and married a successful gold miner.

Mary Astor (wife of John Jacob-- wealthy American killed on the Titanic) wrong ....."she was NOT killed she was saved by him, they were coming back from their honeymoon. She was with child and later had his son"

Mary Astor (wife of John Jacob– wealthy American killed on the Titanic) wrong …..”she was NOT killed she was saved by him, they were coming back from their honeymoon. She was with child and later had his son”

John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in 2013)

John Jacob “Jakey” Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the “Titanic Baby”, best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in 2013)

RMS Titanic hits iceberg and sinks at 2:27 AM. This picture – preserved by Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image – is particularly striking. It is one of the photos that (allegedly) shows the iceberg which the Titanic collided into at 11.40pm 103 years ago, 14 April, 1912. (sinking the 15th at 2:27) It was located at latitude 41-46N, longitude 50-14W, off the coast of Newfoundland. Newspaper reports of the time said that the visible part of the iceberg – that above the waterline – was anywhere between 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long. This photo was taken by a Captain De Carteret of the Minia, one of a few cable ships — vessels ordinarily used to lay deep sea cables, such as those for telecommunications — sent to the site of the shipwreck to recover corpses and debris. He spotted a line of red paint along the bottom of the iceberg, showing where it had made contact with Titanic. Survivors’ descriptions of the iceberg triangulated to confirm that it was indeed the iceberg that they had struck.

RMS Titanic hits iceberg and sinks at 2:27 AM.
This picture – preserved by Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image – is particularly striking. It is one of the photos that (allegedly) shows the iceberg which the Titanic collided into at 11.40pm 103 years ago, 14 April, 1912. (sinking the 15th at 2:27)
It was located at latitude 41-46N, longitude 50-14W, off the coast of Newfoundland. Newspaper reports of the time said that the visible part of the iceberg – that above the waterline – was anywhere between 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long.
This photo was taken by a Captain De Carteret of the Minia, one of a few cable ships — vessels ordinarily used to lay deep sea cables, such as those for telecommunications — sent to the site of the shipwreck to recover corpses and debris. He spotted a line of red paint along the bottom of the iceberg, showing where it had made contact with Titanic. Survivors’ descriptions of the iceberg triangulated to confirm that it was indeed the iceberg that they had struck.

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.

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.

Editor’s note: While I have literally hundreds of photos relevant to the RMS Titanic, I will save them for another time, perhaps a special post of the victims (many of whom were children). Meanwhile, there were other noteworthy historical anniversaries this week

A recruiting poster for the Pony Express.

A recruiting poster for the Pony Express.

A 4-cent Pony Express stamp.

A 4-cent Pony Express stamp.

1899 : Aerial view of Times Square, before the Flat Iron building was completed in 1902, New York.

1899 : Aerial view of Times Square, before the Flat Iron building was completed in 1902, New York.

Dec 1934 : Vintage photograph of a young boy feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London  Photograph by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.

Dec 1934 : Vintage photograph of a young boy feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London
Photograph by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.

1935: The look of sheer love and joy in kitty cats face - clearly moggy couldn't think of anything he'd like to do better, than to play dress up!

1935: The look of sheer love and joy in kitty cats face – clearly moggy couldn’t think of anything he’d like to do better, than to play dress up!

First dancing lessons. 1955 : Special school for deaf-mute children that teaches them to hear through their vibratory senses, Zurich, Switzerland

First dancing lessons.
1955 : Special school for deaf-mute children that teaches them to hear through their vibratory senses, Zurich, Switzerland

1890's : Vintage picture of a beautiful victorian child.

1890’s : Vintage picture of a beautiful Victorian child.

1936 : Little girl holds a toad at an animal show in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

1936 : Little girl holds a toad at an animal show in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Sundown on the evening of Wednesday, April 15th signaled the beginning of  Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Day. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah” — literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan–a week after the seventh day of Passover.

Every year on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is important to remember that the Germans and their collaborators killed over a million Jewish children. They are not forgotten:

1944 : Portrait of a young Jewish girl, Florika Liebman from Szeged (Hungary) shortly before her deportation. Florika was born in 1934 and she later was killed along with her mother in April 1945 along with 38 other victims, in the village of Weissenbach by retreating SS soldiers.

1944 : Portrait of a young Jewish girl, Florika Liebman from Szeged (Hungary) shortly before her deportation.
Florika was born in 1934 and she later was killed along with her mother in April 1945 along with 38 other victims, in the village of Weissenbach by retreating SS soldiers.

Nov 1941 : A Studio portrait of a young Jewish girl, Eva Nemova from Prague shortly before her deportation. Eva was born in 1937 and she later died at Auschwitz in 1944.

Nov 1941 : A Studio portrait of a young Jewish girl, Eva Nemova from Prague shortly before her deportation.
Eva was born in 1937 and she later died at Auschwitz in 1944.

March 1933 : The last picture taken of Anne, Edith, and Margot Frank in Germany, prior to emigrating to Netherlands.  Anne Frank is 3 years, 9 months old. They are standing in the Hauptwache square in the center of Frankfurt am Main.

March 1933 : The last picture taken of Anne, Edith, and Margot Frank in Germany, prior to emigrating to Netherlands.
Anne Frank is 3 years, 9 months old. They are standing in the Hauptwache square in the center of Frankfurt am Main.

Anna Zakrzewska served with the Polish underground army as a courier and a medical orderly.  Zakrzewska's underground code name was Hanka Biała (White Hannah). She received training at the end of June and in July 1944 in the Wyszkowa forest. She was killed in the course of desperate combat during the Warsaw Uprising, aged 18.

Anna Zakrzewska served with the Polish underground army as a courier and a medical orderly.
Zakrzewska’s underground code name was Hanka Biała (White Hannah). She received training at the end of June and in July 1944 in the Wyszkowa forest. She was killed in the course of desperate combat during the Warsaw Uprising, aged 18.

Concentration camp survivor - This little girl was asked to draw a picture of her home, while living in a residence for disturbed children in Poland 1948. As you can see, she no longer has any concept of what 'home' is (or was).

Concentration camp survivor – This little girl was asked to draw a picture of her home, while living in a residence for disturbed children in Poland 1948.
As you can see, she no longer has any concept of what ‘home’ is (or was).

Sep 1941 : A father with his four starving children in a Warsaw ghetto street, Poland. Their mother died few weeks ago  Photographer Willy Georg served as a radio operator in the Wehrmacht and was posted in Warsaw. In the summer of 1941 when his unit was stationed in Warsaw, Georg was issued a pass by one of his officers and instructed to enter the enclosed ghetto and bring back photos of what he saw. Georg shot four rolls of film and began to shoot a fifth when he was stopped by a detachment of German police(Gestapo). Failing to check his pockets for finished rolls of film, Gestapo confiscated only the film in his camera before escorting him out of the ghetto. Georg developed the four rolls of film himself at a lab in Warsaw and sent them home to his wife in Muenster. He kept the existence of these photographs to himself for the next fifty years. In the late 1980s or early 90s, Georg met Rafael Scharf, a Polish Jew from London working in the field of Polish-Jewish studies, and gave him his Warsaw ghetto photographs. Scharf then published a selection of these photographs in his "In the Warsaw Ghetto: Summer 1941," Aperture, 1993.

Sep 1941 : A father with his four starving children in a Warsaw ghetto street, Poland. Their mother died few weeks ago
Photographer Willy Georg served as a radio operator in the Wehrmacht and was posted in Warsaw. In the summer of 1941 when his unit was stationed in Warsaw, Georg was issued a pass by one of his officers and instructed to enter the enclosed ghetto and bring back photos of what he saw. Georg shot four rolls of film and began to shoot a fifth when he was stopped by a detachment of German police(Gestapo).
Failing to check his pockets for finished rolls of film, Gestapo confiscated only the film in his camera before escorting him out of the ghetto. Georg developed the four rolls of film himself at a lab in Warsaw and sent them home to his wife in Muenster. He kept the existence of these photographs to himself for the next fifty years. In the late 1980s or early 90s, Georg met Rafael Scharf, a Polish Jew from London working in the field of Polish-Jewish studies, and gave him his Warsaw ghetto photographs. Scharf then published a selection of these photographs in his “In the Warsaw Ghetto: Summer 1941,” Aperture, 1993.

1944 : Portrait of Istvan Reiner, taken before he was killed in Auschwitz. He was born in Hungary (Miskolc city) in 1940. Istvan arrived at Auschwitz with his mother, Livia, and her mother. Other inmates convinced Livia to give the boy to his grandmother and go through selection alone. She was chosen for forced labor and survived the war. Istvan and his grandmother were gassed.

1944 : Portrait of Istvan Reiner, taken before he was killed in Auschwitz. He was born in Hungary (Miskolc city) in 1940.
Istvan arrived at Auschwitz with his mother, Livia, and her mother. Other inmates convinced Livia to give the boy to his grandmother and go through selection alone. She was chosen for forced labor and survived the war. Istvan and his grandmother were gassed.

Aline Korenbajzer. Nationality: French (Jewish)  Residence: Paris, France.  Death: 1942  Cause: Murdered in Auschwitz (buried in Auschwitz death camp)  Age: 2 years.

Aline Korenbajzer.
Nationality: French (Jewish)
Residence: Paris, France.
Death: 1942
Cause: Murdered in Auschwitz (buried in Auschwitz death camp)
Age: 2 years.

Anne Frank, with her mother, Edith, circa 1932-33.

Anne Frank, with her mother, Edith, circa 1932-33.

Gabor Neumann  Gabor Neumann was born on February 10th, 1940 in Bekescsaba, Hungary. The son of Elek and Margit Neumann, Gabor was just four years old when he was deported to Auschwitz and murdered on June 29th, 1944.

Gabor Neumann
Gabor Neumann was born on February 10th, 1940 in Bekescsaba, Hungary. The son of Elek and Margit Neumann, Gabor was just four years old when he was deported to Auschwitz and murdered on June 29th, 1944.

The last glimpse. May 1944 : A Gypsy girl (Settela) staring out of a deportation train to Auschwitz, Westerbork, Holland  Her name is Settela Steinbach, born in Limburg, Holland. She died in Auschwitz, Poland on the night of 2nd Aug 1944 along with her mother and her 9 brothers and sisters.

The last glimpse.
May 1944 : A Gypsy girl (Settela) staring out of a deportation train to Auschwitz, Westerbork, Holland
Her name is Settela Steinbach, born in Limburg, Holland. She died in Auschwitz, Poland on the night of 2nd Aug 1944 along with her mother and her 9 brothers and sisters.

Jan 1942 : 16 year old partisan Slavoljub Kovach (kovic) photographed by the SS before his execution, Macva District, Serbia, Yugoslavia. Slavoljub was a partisan of the National Liberation Army from the village Bogatići. Due to his defiance for not telling the names of his comrades, Slavoljub was tortured and had a star carved with a knife on his forehead (representing the communist ideology).

Jan 1942 : 16 year old partisan Slavoljub Kovach (kovic) photographed by the SS before his execution, Macva District, Serbia, Yugoslavia.
Slavoljub was a partisan of the National Liberation Army from the village Bogatići. Due to his defiance for not telling the names of his comrades, Slavoljub was tortured and had a star carved with a knife on his forehead (representing the communist ideology).

Soon after liberation, an emaciated child survivor is carried out of camp barracks by Soviet first-aid workers. Auschwitz, Poland, after January 27, 1945.

Soon after liberation, an emaciated child survivor is carried out of camp barracks by Soviet first-aid workers. Auschwitz, Poland, after January 27, 1945.

Feb 1941 : A Jewish boy playing a violin to support himself in the Warsaw ghetto, Poland The boy lost his whole family 3 months ago when the ghetto was established.

Feb 1941 : A Jewish boy playing a violin to support himself in the Warsaw ghetto, Poland
The boy lost his whole family 3 months ago when the ghetto was established.

1942 : A rare image of Anne Frank who pokes her head out of the window of the family’s flat in Amsterdam  The Frank family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in 1933, the year the Nazis gained control over Germany. By May 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands.

1942 : A rare image of Anne Frank who pokes her head out of the window of the family’s flat in Amsterdam
The Frank family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in 1933, the year the Nazis gained control over Germany. By May 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands.

1945 : Picture of a 5 year old boy wearing a prisoner's uniform taken after liberation, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland A triangular badge with a number is sewn to the uniform.

1945 : Picture of a 5 year old boy wearing a prisoner’s uniform taken after liberation, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
A triangular badge with a number is sewn to the uniform.

1941 : Starving sisters sitting on the pavement in the Warsaw ghetto, Poland. The small girl died after one week The picture was taken by Heinz ., a German soldier (Wehrmacht) posted in the Warsaw area in 1941.

1941 : Starving sisters sitting on the pavement in the Warsaw ghetto, Poland. The small girl died after one week
The picture was taken by Heinz ., a German soldier (Wehrmacht) posted in the Warsaw area in 1941.

Crash

#ThrowbackThursday

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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)

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.

Nov 1933 : Aviatrix Amelia Earhart teaching the basics of aeronautics to young students from Newark, New Jersey.

Jan 1922 : Blizzard in Washington, D.C.

Jan 1922 : Blizzard in Washington, D.C.

1906 : A vintage picture titled as 'The Sisters', Sydney, Australia  Photograph By Harold Cazneaux.

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.

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 hall. In Sep 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.

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".

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.....

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.

….the rest of the movie-star-kitty hopefuls.

Nov 1936 : A New York Central Mercury train is dwarfed by Cleveland’s Union Station.

Nov 1936 : A New York Central Mercury train is dwarfed by Cleveland’s Union Station.

1929 : A vintage picture of a rain-soaked Paris.

1929 : A vintage picture of a rain-soaked Paris.

1932 : First Nations Hockey Team from Alkali Lake. Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.

1932 : First Nations Hockey Team from Alkali Lake. Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.

1890's : A Victorian era woman getting photographed for the first time.

1890’s : A Victorian era woman getting photographed for the first time.

Crash

Crash Course: Little Known History – Marilyn Monroe

lkh

Little-known history that somehow got missed by the history books.

Pictured: July 1942,  A rare picture of 16 year old (Norma Jeane Mortenson) Marilyn Monroe along with husband James Dougherty, West Virginia

In 1943, during World War II, Dougherty enlisted in the Merchant Marine. He was initially stationed on Santa Catalina Island off California’s coast, and Monroe lived with him there in the town of Avalon for several months before he was shipped out to the Pacific. Frightened that he might not come back alive, Monroe begged him to try and get her pregnant before he left. Dougherty disagreed, feeling that she was too young to have a baby

While Dougherty served in the Merchant Marine, his wife began working in the Radioplane Munitions Factory, mainly spraying airplane parts with fire retardant and inspecting parachutes. The factory was owned by movie star Reginald Denney. During that time, David Conover of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit noticed her and snapped a series of photographs, none of which appeared in Yank magazine

In September 1946, Monroe filed for divorce. Dougherty, served with divorce papers while aboard a ship on the Yangtze river in China, reported that he tried to persuade his wife against the divorce upon his return, but she refused.

Crash

#ThrowbackThursday

tbt header

….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.

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.

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.'

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crash

 

#ThrowbackThursday

I’m reintroducing Throwback Thursday on Crash Course. There are so many fascinating historical photos to be shared – because history is pretty cool!

1945 : 13-yr-old actress Elizabeth Taylor, holding one of her many pets, a black cat named Jill.

1945 : 13-yr-old actress Elizabeth Taylor, holding one of her many pets, a black cat named Jill.

May 1936 : The Hindenburg dumps water to ensure a smoother landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey The airship made 17 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, transporting 2,600 passengers in comfort at speeds up to 135 km/h (85 mph).

May 1936 : The Hindenburg dumps water to ensure a smoother landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey
The airship made 17 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, transporting 2,600 passengers in comfort at speeds up to 135 km/h (85 mph).

1931 : Film star Charlie Chaplin attends the premiere of his newest film City Lights in Los Angeles, accompanied by his guests of honor: physicist Albert Einstein, and his wife, Elsa Einstein

1931 : Film star Charlie Chaplin attends the premiere of his newest film City Lights in Los Angeles, accompanied by his guests of honor: physicist Albert Einstein, and his wife, Elsa Einstein

An old homestead on a farm in Washington state. The picture was made in 1908. Notice the cat up on the beam of the log cabin. The guns, butter churn and spinning wheel – all reminding us of the self-sufficient lifestyle of the first part of the last century.

1939 : 10 year old Jacqueline Bouvier sitting on a fence during Memorial Day celebrations at the Turf and Field Club, Belmont Park, Long Island, New York.

1939 : 10 year old Jacqueline Bouvier sitting on a fence during Memorial Day celebrations at the Turf and Field Club, Belmont Park, Long Island, New York.

1915 : Vintage photo of an Irish family from Waterford

1915 : Vintage photo of an Irish family from Waterford

1935 : An amazing photograph freezing a moment of youth and innocence when a young boy tries to share a soda with a kitten at the Boston Yacht Club.

1935 : An amazing photograph freezing a moment of youth and innocence when a young boy tries to share a soda with a kitten at the Boston Yacht Club.

1918 : Customers infront of a Ford Model T which has been converted into a sandwich shop on the streets of Washington D.C.

1918 : Customers infront of a Ford Model T which has been converted into a sandwich shop on the streets of Washington D.C.

1930 : A plane flies over Christ the Redeemer Statue under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1930 : A plane flies over Christ the Redeemer Statue under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Around the 1910s most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. These young women of the Bill Mill in Macon, GA were photographed Jan 19, 1909.

Around the 1910s most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. These young women of the Bill Mill in Macon, GA were photographed Jan 19, 1909.

Introduced in 1894, Bibendum (commonly known as The Michelin Man) is one of the world's oldest trademarks. This is a 1910 photo of Bibendum.

Introduced in 1894, Bibendum (commonly known as The Michelin Man) is one of the world’s oldest trademarks. This is a 1910 photo of Bibendum.

March 1950 : A group of visitors nervously wait their turn to kiss the Blarney Stone at Cork, Ireland.  The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone.

March 1950 : A group of visitors nervously wait their turn to kiss the Blarney Stone at Cork, Ireland.
The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone.

1949 : Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage, New York City.

1949 : Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage, New York City.

1951 : Two construction workers stop for lunch-break, 60 storeys above New York City

1951 : Two construction workers stop for lunch-break, 60 storeys above New York City

1922 : Collection of U.S. mail in Washington D.C. was made a little more difficult by the recent blizzard that swept through.  It is hard to imagine tromping over the mounds of ice and snow with a sack filled with mail slung over your shoulder.

1922 : Collection of U.S. mail in Washington D.C. was made a little more difficult by the recent blizzard that swept through.
It is hard to imagine tromping over the mounds of ice and snow with a sack filled with mail slung over your shoulder.

When women first began to work out with weights during the late Victorian era, it was considered dangerous to have them lift anything heavy and so they were given only two- or four-pound wooden dumbbells.  Here are two cheerful ladies work out in their street clothes in a photograph c. 1910 by Willis T. White.

When women first began to work out with weights during the late Victorian era, it was considered dangerous to have them lift anything heavy and so they were given only two- or four-pound wooden dumbbells.
Here are two cheerful ladies work out in their street clothes in a photograph c. 1910 by Willis T. White.

One of earliest photographs of US Capitol, c. 1846, before expansion & installation of great dome.

One of earliest photographs of US Capitol, c. 1846, before expansion & installation of great dome.

The first dog in Antarctica.
1912 : Blizzard the pup in Antarctica as a member of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was a scientific team that explored part of Antarctica between 1911 and 1914. It was led by the Australian geologist Douglas Mawson, who was knighted for his achievements in leading the expedition.

1955 : Two young Inuit boys and dog pose by the beach in Alaska  Inuit are a group of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. In the United States and Canada the term "Eskimo" was commonly used to describe the Inuit.

1955 : Two young Inuit boys and dog pose by the beach in Alaska
Inuit are a group of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. In the United States and Canada the term “Eskimo” was commonly used to describe the Inuit.

1965 : Cheerleader training under Bill Horan of the American Cheerleaders Association, Alabama

1965 : Cheerleader training under Bill Horan of the American Cheerleaders Association, Alabama

1951 : Two ecstatic little girls, Paris, France.

1951 : Two ecstatic little girls, Paris, France.

1954 : Marilyn Monroe reads Joyce’s Ulysses at the playground, Long Island, New York shot by Eve Arnold.  As it turns out she really was reading the book when the photographer took this picture.

1954 : Marilyn Monroe reads Joyce’s Ulysses at the playground, Long Island, New York shot by Eve Arnold.
As it turns out she really was reading the book when the photographer took this picture.

1949 : Vintage portrait of a cute little Girl with Curlers in Los Angeles  Photo by Ida Wyman

1949 : Vintage portrait of a cute little Girl with Curlers in Los Angeles
Photo by Ida Wyman

1952 : Teenagers on top of the Pulpit Rock, Ryfylke, Norway  Pulpit Rock is a famous tourist attraction and consists of a steep cliff which rises 604 metres above Lysefjorden.

1952 : Teenagers on top of the Pulpit Rock, Ryfylke, Norway
Pulpit Rock is a famous tourist attraction and consists of a steep cliff which rises 604 metres above Lysefjorden.

This superb 1917 photo is a reminder of what winter can do  1917 : This fountain was let to continuously run on Washington Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan during winter as a result slowly layer upon layer the fountain turned into a 30 foot ice spectacle Most newspapers across US had this photo on their coverpage with title : 'Ice fountain on Washington Boulevard.'

This superb 1917 photo is a reminder of what winter can do
1917 : This fountain was let to continuously run on Washington Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan during winter as a result slowly layer upon layer the fountain turned into a 30 foot ice spectacle
Most newspapers across US had this photo on their coverpage with title : ‘Ice fountain on Washington Boulevard.’

1912 : A rare picture of 10 year old Charles Lindbergh with his pet dog, Little Falls, Minnesota.

1912 : A rare picture of 10 year old Charles Lindbergh with his pet dog, Little Falls, Minnesota.

Crash

#ThrowbackThursday: The Books that Fought in WWII

book cover

When the American armed forces prepared for the D-Day assault, the most in demand item was a book.

During World War II, books were one of the few items distributed to the American armed forces that were meant to make life at war bearable. American publishers, wanting to do their bit in the war, designed books that would fit the servicemen’s needs: small volumes in tempting titles that weighed next to nothing. These books were Armed Services Editions (“ASEs”), incredibly tiny paperbacks designed to fit the pocket of a standard issue military uniform. Over 120 million were printed over the course of the war with titles ranging from comics to Shakespeare and everything in between. Lonesome, homesick GIs eagerly grabbed these books and read them everywhere—while waiting in line for chow or a haircut, when pinned down in a foxhole, and while swinging in their hammocks below deck. And they were even carried into the Battle of Normandy.

Sailor reading in his bunk aboard USS CAPELIN. Credit: Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, August 1943

Sailor reading in his bunk aboard USS CAPELIN.
Credit: Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, August 1943

Under the leadership of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, plans for D-day were in the works for months before the invasion occurred in June 1944. In the final days leading to the boarding of the landing craft that would set out across the English Channel, American soldiers readied themselves. They crammed into their packs dozens of pounds of ammunition, provisions, extra weapons, and other necessities. Although the recommendation was that the men not bring more than forty-four pounds of equipment, it was estimated that some men weighed at least three hundred pounds as they waddled under the weight of their packs. As they waited for an announcement of when the invasion would begin, there was little to do but worry, pray, or read. Silence pervaded. A rosary could be seen in many a hand. According to one man, “Priests were in their heyday. I even saw Jews go and take communion. Everybody [was] scared to death.”

General Eisenhower took an especial interest in the morale of his troops. As he noted in his own memoirs, “morale, given rough equality to other things, is supreme on the battlefield.” Eisenhower was known to read western novels to relax and relieve stress, and the men who would be doing the fighting deserved no less. Anticipating the time it would take to assemble all of the men needed for the mission, and the boredom and anxiety associated with the chore of waiting, General Eisenhower’s staff earmarked over a half-million books to be distributed to the Americans as they waited for the invasion to begin. Among the ASEs that were set aside were Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Joseph Mitchell’s McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon, Charles Spalding and Otis Carney’s Love at First Flight, Booth Tarkington’s Penrod, and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Dozens of other titles joined the men on the shore of the English Channel.

quote

Prior to the invasion, the Army’s Special Services Division, which was responsible for serving the morale needs of soldiers, distributed some of the soldiers’ favorite items. Packs of cigarettes were shoved into pockets, candy bars were grabbed by the handful, but of all things, the most sought-after item was the ASEs. As one Special Services officer recalled, palpable tension mounted in the staging areas, and books were the only thing available that “provided sorely needed distraction to a great many men.” When the loading process finally began, many men, realizing how much weight they were carrying, stopped to unburden themselves of unnecessary items near the docking area. The ground was littered with a variety of objects, but among the heaps of discarded inessentials “very few Armed Services Editions were found by the clean-up squads that later went through the areas.” Weighing as little as a couple of ounces each, ASEs were the lightest weapon that the men could bring along.

book2

The Americans who landed at Utah and Omaha Beaches on June 6 had vastly different experiences. The American Fourth Division poured ashore at Utah Beach, meeting very little opposition. In fact, some men were a little let down at how anticlimactic the landing was; they described it as seeming like just another practice invasion. The early waves of troops landing at Omaha Beach, by contrast, faced near-certain death. As soon as the transports lowered their ramps, the exiting men were thrust into the line of fire. German machine-gun spray ripped across the boats, instantly killing the hapless Americans on them. For the first wave of LCIs that reached Omaha Beach, the death rate was nearly 100 percent; no one got off the beach. Later waves of troops faced grievous losses on the shore. Shell-shocked, many men simply froze, unable to move toward safety. Others who forded through the barrage of gunfire and mortar blasts and moved to the shelter of the cliffs at the top of the beach suffered injuries along the way. Unable to go farther, their shattered bodies dropped to the sand and stayed there until medics arrived. Many men who climbed the beach later that day would never forget the sight of gravely wounded soldiers propped up against the base of the cliffs, reading.

book3

Excerpted from When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning. Copyright © 2014 by Molly Guptill Manning. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

book

Crash

#ThrowbackThursday: Robin Williams and Vintage Print Ads

throwback-thursday

A young but studious-looking Robin Williams

A young but studious-looking Robin Williams

Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve hailing a cab in NYC, 1981

Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve hailing a cab in NYC, 1981

1975 : Robin Williams as a mime in Central Park, New York

1975 : Robin Williams as a mime in Central Park, New York

1975 : Robin Williams as a mime in Central Park, New York

1975 : Robin Williams as a mime in Central Park, New York

rw5 rw6 rw7

Vintage Print Advertisements

1

Eons ago, it was common to have a parent or grandparent say such things as ‘You have more excuses than Carter has liver pills’ …an ad from 1916.

2

WWII ladies shampoo

A USMC recruitment poster from WWI.

A USMC recruitment poster from WWI.

4

Sure! Measure her for that iron room table – but come Christmas…..

5

….there’s gonna be hell to pay!

Eons ago, it was common to have a parent or grandparent say such things as 'You have more excuses than Carter has liver pills' ...an ad from 1916.

Before the advent of locking mechanisms on cars, kids were habitually, opening the doors while the vehicle was in motion – causing a number of horrible deaths. This ad and device changed everything!

7

The guy or gal with the coolest shoes back then, got the dates!

8

WWII Ivory soap ad. We were at war, but ya gotta stay pretty doing it!

9

Six proof whiskey toothpaste. In many cases, the nightly toothbrushing regime eliminated the nightly nightcap over ice or straight.

August 15, 1911 – Proctor and Gamble Company introduced Crisco vegetable shortening.

Crash