Friday, November 30, 2007
Today we feature a portrait of the Civil War Raider, and Old West outlaw Cole Younger. He rode with Jesse James, and was a raider in the Civil War. Younger joined the notorious guerrilla fighter William Clarke Quantrill in the Civil War. After the war, he joined up with Frank and Jesse James, and formed the infamous James-Younger gang. On September 7, 1876, the gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Cole Younger and his brother Bob would both later say that they selected the bank because of its connection to two former Union generals Benjamin Butler and Adelbert Ames. Cole was captured and pleaded guilty to avoid hanging. After he was released from prison, Cole became a popular speaker across the country. Cole Younger died March 21, 1916.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of a Woman Worker in the War Effort in World War II. During the war, a large fraction of the United States workforce was occupied in fighting the war. At the same time, there was a huge demand for workers to build the planes, tanks, and other equipment needed to fight the war. In order to fill the jobs, many women entered the workforce in jobs previously reserved for men. This picture shows a woman working on the B-24 Liberator bomber.
The first Liberator bomber rolled off the Willow Run production line on this day, November 28, in the year 1942. Today we tip our hats to all the women stepped forward to new and difficult jobs to help the Allies win the war.
Monday, November 26, 2007
This is a nice portrait of General James Longstreet. Robert E. Lee called Longstreet his "Old War Horse". Historians consider Longstreet one of the best corps commanders in the Civil War. After the Civil War, he applied for a pardon from President Andrew Johnson. Johnson refused to pardon him, stating, "There are three persons of the South who can never receive amnesty: Mr. Davis, General Lee, and yourself. You have given the Union cause too much trouble."
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This is a wonderful photograph of two American Legends . . . Buffalo Bill Cody, and Chief Sitting Bull. The picture was taken in 1885.
Sitting Bull is remembered as the great Sioux Chief who led the Native Americans at the Battle of Little Big Horn, and the defeat of General George Armstrong Custer. In later years, Sitting Bull exploited his fame and notoriety, and even worked in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for about four months. Sitting Bull was killed by Indian police on December 15, 1890. They feared that his alleged involvement in the Indian Ghost Dance Movement would lead to an Indian uprising.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
This picture shows a Mexican Emigrant entering the United States. The picture was taken near Nuevo Laredo, in 1912. I can remember visiting Mexico in the 1960's and 1970's and you would see many examples of this type of cart and burro set up being used as transportation.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
This is not one of the clearest pictures we have ever featured, but it might be one of the most interesting. The picture shows Abraham Lincoln, just as he was about to give the Gettysburg Address. He is pictured in the center. He is seated on the platform. The Gettysburg Address was given to dedicate the memorial at the Gettysburg battlefield.
Abraham Lincoln gave this famous speech on this day, November 19, in the year 1863.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I am really fascinated by these pictures of people in the Great Depression. It is hard to believe the level of poverty people endured. I often reflect on the things that annoy me, and ruin my day, and ponder how small those things are compared to what this family had to endure. My Dad grew up in the Great Depression, and it affected him his whole life. The generation that lived through the depression is fading away, and soon will be gone. Sometimes I fear that there are important lessons that our generation is not learning. We should cherish each day for the abundance we enjoy. The photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of a Gas Station from the 1940's. I grew up in the 1960's and can remember when they had full service gas stations like this one. You drove up, and they would come out, fill your tank, wash your windshield, check your tires and oil level.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of a crowd in New York's Union Square in the 1910's. I find all the hats interesting. Have you noticed that people don't wear hats much anymore? Only a few people wear hats these days, and usually it is only a baseball cap. Even the real cowboys that I know don't wear cowboy hats . . . they wear baseball caps. I think it would be neat if hats came back as a fashion item, what do you think?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This picture shows a Black Child. It was taken in 1939 in North Carolina. When I see pictures of poor children like this from the Great Depression, I always wonder what the rest of their life was like. Were they able to overcome the poverty of their youth, or does the picture pretty much sum up their whole life.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This photograph shows the first successful flight from the deck of a US Navy Ship. This historic flight was made on this day, November 14, in the year 1910. The pilot was Eugene Ely, and he is flying a Curtis Pusher aircraft. The ship was at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and shortly after takeoff, the pilot landed at Willoghby Spit.
It is amazing how far things have come over the last hundred years. I would bet the Eugene never dreamed of how far this little thing would go.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
It was on this day, November 11, in the year 1864 that General William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground. The picture above shows Union Soldiers in the midst of the task. The picture shows the smoke in the city, as a group of soldiers destroy the railroad tracks. This was the opening chapter in Sherman's March to the Sea, where he destroyed everything in his path between Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Today we show a photograph of the death warrant being read to Major Henry Wirz. Major Wirz was the jailer at the Andersonville prison camp in Georgia in the Civil War. This photograph was taken several moments before his execution. Major Wirz was the only soldier executed for war crimes in the Civil War. His crime was inhumane treatment of Union Prisoners in the camp.
Major Wirz was executed on this day in the year 1865.
Major Wirz was executed on this day in the year 1865.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This is a portrait of Jefferson Davis. It was on this day, November 6, in the year 1861 that Jefferson Davis was elected to his first term as President of the Confederate States of America. I always like the Davis Quote:
"I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came. "
Sunday, November 4, 2007
This picture shows Calvin Coolidge, Mrs. Coolidge, and Senator Curtis in an open top car, on their way to the capitol. Mrs. Coolidge had a pretty smile, and she seamed to be a neat first lady. She was the only first lady to have a pet raccoon at the white house.
Anyway, Calvin Coolidge was elected the 29th president of the United States on this day, November 4, in the year 1924.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of a Nez Perce Native American. The photograph was taken in 1910. It is really sad to me to look at pictures of Native Americans from this time period. This man would have no doubt remembered the traditional way of life, and he has lived to see that way disappear.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of General George McClellan. It was on this day, November 1, 1861 that Abraham Lincoln appointed McClellan as commander of the Union Army. This was after the Union's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Bull run.
Abraham Lincoln's first choice to lead the Union army was a brilliant general named Robert E. Lee. Lee declined Lincoln's offer, having other priorities in mind.