Today we feature a portrait of the poet Walt Whitman. The photograph was taken in 1855 by Mathew Brady. Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819, and is remembered as one of America's greatest poets.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This is a photograph of the landing of American troops on Attu, Aleutian Islands in World War II. Landing boats are transporting soldiers and their weapons onto the beach at Massacre Bay. It was on this day in 1943 that American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Friday, May 18, 2007
On this day (May 18) in 1860, The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln to be their Presidential Candidate at the Chicago convention. This photograph, made by Mathew Brady, appeared on the cover of the May 26, 1860 Harper's Weekly announcing Lincoln's nomination.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This is a nice photograph of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham Lincoln to live to adulthood. The photograph was taken in 1922 at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Robert was at Abraham Lincoln's bedside at his death. Robert Lincoln was also at the Sixth Street Train Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881, and witnessed the assassination of President James Garfield. At the time Lincoln was serving as Garfield's Secretary of War.
Then on September 6, 1901, Robert Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York where President McKinley was assassinated.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
A great photograph of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States. The railroad was completed, and this photograph was taken on May 10, 1869. The picture was taken on Promontory Summit, Utah.
Monday, May 7, 2007
This is a picture of an old storefront in Alabama taken in 1935 by Walker Evans. The picture shows a vintage Coca Cola sign. It was on this day (May 8, 1886) that Coca Cola was served for the first time. The first one was served up at the Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta. Coca Cola was invented by John Pemberton, a wounded Confederate veteran from the Civil War.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
This photograph shows a Sioux War Party. The image was taken by Edward Curtis. Curtis was an adventurer and avid photographer. In the late 1800's he realized that the traditional culture of these indiginious people was quickly dissappering. He received financial support from J. P. Morgan to travel the plains and photograph this amazing people group. The outcome was a collection of several thousand stunning photographs of this vanishing way of life. The entire collection of Curtis's work can be seen at our Curtis Indian Archive.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Steam Locomotive in the Black Hills, 1890. I love the pictures of these old trains. There is still an authentic narrow gauge railroad that runs from Durango Colorado to Silverton. If you have never had the chance to ride it, put it on your "things to do before I die" list.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Pancho Villa is an enigma. Primarily remembered as a bandit today, he was in fact a populist revolutionary fighting for the people. He was the only military leader to invade the mainland of the United States in the 1900's. In 1916 he crossed the border and attacked Columbus, New Mexico. In response, the United States sent General John Pershing into Mexico to track the man down. After two years, he gave up, unable to find the noted revolutionary. Pancho Villa is said to have had the habit of having an ice cream cone before executing his enemies. Eventually, he was assassinated by his own associates. His last words . . . "dont let it end like this, tell them I said something good."