Thursday, May 29, 2014


An introspective journey into American history.


Miss America 1924

Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin


Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.


Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old,

she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II's cigarette at his invitation.

When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married.

They remained married the rest of their lives.


Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930


Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing - the fat man and the thin man.


Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence,

Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous

flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman

to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry

Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.


Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical "Chicago."


Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s.

Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on December 14, 1911,

Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim Pole Home.


The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd,

outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the

prime minister's wife.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield,Illinois

after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.


Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917


Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images

in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919,

which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims

succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.

Filming the MGM Logo


Amelia Earhart


Mae Questel ca. 1930s, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse,

Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu,

Little Audrey and Casper, the Friendly Ghost


Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II.

Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC.

Best remembered for her title role in the TV series Maude and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".


In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel.

Fourteen years later, in New Zealand, he slipped on an orange peel and died.


Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm,

a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines

to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers.

Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty.


Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.

Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.


All-American Girls Baseball, 1940s


Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians.

She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband

Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back.

She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean.

The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable.

She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.

A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913.

Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.


Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.


Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.

Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.


Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of

World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.

America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in

seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise

mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a

German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).


Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2.

They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions,

so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props.

To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, theyd climb

to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines

in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.


Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1956 Both women are 30 years old.


Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays Going Home as FDRs body is

borne past in Warm Springs, GA, where the President was scheduled to attend

a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.