Join us on another nostalgic journey back in time to witness some interesting historical photos. A special thank you goes to Jim Talens, a friend of our webmaster, for sharing these pictures with us.
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Ruth Malcomson-Miss America, 1924 (Miss Philadelphia)
Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Leather gloves worn by Abraham Lincoln to Ford’s Theater on the night of his assassination (April 15, 1865). 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.
Lucille Ball around 1930
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941- One of the first women to gain a pilot’s license, she won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930, a flight that took 17 days. She volunteered to fly for The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in WW 2, 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, 1900’s.
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 Framheim -“The home of Fram.”
Maud Allen was a 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.
A very young John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Caroline Otero, courtesan, was the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She associated herself with the likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele Dâ’Annunzio. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs with Otero ended. Two men fought a duel over her. She was famed for her voluptuous breasts.
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 of the MGM Logo
Mae Questel ca. 1930s, was the voice of Betty Boop, 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 (né Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009), SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. She enlisted and was assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. She is 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, she passed through Union Lines to visit her sister in the White House. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty.
Three days before his 19th birthday (1934), George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.
All-American Girls Baseball, 1940’s
1943 : Breast Protectors for War Workers
Mary Ellen Wilson (1864-1956) aka Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents.
Sacajawea was kidnapped, 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 served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.
Zelda Boden, circus performer, ca. 1910.
A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913. Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marked 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.
Black physicians treating a member of the Ku Kux Klan in the ER
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917-1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. Stubby, served 18 months and participated in 17 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 (holding him till American Soldiers found him).