Category Archives: Historic photographs

Swimming at the US Naval Academy, 1942

Above and below reblogged from shotmen.tumblr.com Life – Swimming at the US Naval Academy – Myron Davis – July, 1942 – 5e70964cd34ac649 Life – Swimming at the US Naval Academy – Myron Davis – July, 1942 – a15f6b6f6dea258c    

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Ronald Reagan advertising the Union Pacific Domeliner City of Los Angeles

Before he was governor, before he was president, actor Ronald Reagan appeared in these Union Pacific Railroad ads in the National Geographic in the mid-1950s. The Domeliner City of Los Angeles is the same train that was featured in the I Love … Continue reading

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Two men dancing in the late 1800s

Reblogged here from the marvelous tumblr, Lover of Beauty , there captioned as “Experimental Sound Film (dir. William Dickson — 1894)” and cited as “originally posted by truefoes.” Consider this unrelated but relevant quote from Intersecting Tango : Cultural Geographies of Buenos … Continue reading

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One Wants to Be Careful Which Drunk Friends One Chooses

I have lived in Washington, DC, full or part-time, since 1979. Our apartment is quite close to the Washington Hilton, which years ago led to some dinner guests telling us that, while walking to Metro from our apartment after drinking … Continue reading

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Apartheid at Coney Island, Cincinnati: A kid who hadn’t been “saved” in a falling boat in a segregated park. Sure, it was fun, but…

I began school in Cincinnati, where I was born, but during first grade received an offer from a grade school in California and moved my family there. For a triumphant return to Cincinnati on vacation in 1957 I loaded my … Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe on the subway platform at Grand Central Station New York

  I came across this photo on several blogs, among them thisismarilyn.com. None gave a history until I found “Marilyn Monroe–4 Days in New York,” Brock Street Gallery: “As one of the worlds most recognized faces, it was impossible for Marilyn … Continue reading

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Crossing New Mexico at night

“A highball with a fellow traveler in the lounge as the New Mexico night rushed past the windows was a solace for human ills.” Beebe and Clegg, The Trains We Rode. This 1930s Southern Pacific Railroad photo was taken on … Continue reading

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