Since so many historic things are either happening or being remembered this week (some celebrated, some lamented - depending on points of view), I thought I'd post some historic photos I received recently from a long time friend and now retired colleague. I won't add much, if any, info to whatever came with the pictures.
These will be presented in chronological order since no other logical order of presenting them comes to mind. Several of these are fascinating, and at least one is hysterical as well as historical. You decide.
The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family. ca 1863-65
A Native American looks down at a newly-completed section of the transcontinental railroad. Nevada, about 1868
The first official riders in New York City’s first subway, 1904
Here are 9 kings featured in one photo (Windsor Castle, 20 May 1910)
Russian peasants getting electricity for the first time in 1920
Cow shoes used by moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922
Alerted by the smell of a broken bottle of liquor, Federal Agents inspect a "lumber truck". Los Angeles, 1926
The headquarters of Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist party in Italy, 1934
The Kennedy trio in the mid 30s as teenagers — John, Bobby, and Teddy.
Jewish refugees, approaching Allied soldiers, become aware that they have just been liberated. April, 1945
A Japanese family returning home to Seattle, WA, from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho, on May 10, 1945
Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his front yard with his son at his side. Atlanta, GA, 1960
Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Sphinx by the pyramids in Giza, 1961
After realizing a woman was running in the Boston marathon, organizer Jock Semple went after Kathrine Switzer. Other runners blocked him and she went on to finish the race. 1967
Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at Folsom Prison, Jan. 13, 1968
Microsoft staff photo from December 7, 1978
Last evening Becka and I went to a dinner at our church for the "Power Company," our church's senior citizens' ministry. We like to do this occasionally to see what things will be like when we get old. After tonight's dinner, we were treated to a shortened version of Jeremiah Dew's "One Voice" presentation. It's a one-man show in which Jeremiah plays the parts of various historical characters. His current presentation is a journey through the African-American experience. For us he portrayed Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, and Bill Cosby. Through his tremendous abilities, he caused us not only to think and shake our heads in dismay, but also even to laugh. Here's a picture I found on one school's website about his one-man show.
"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't." — Richard Bach
I don't have a solution, but I do admire your problem.
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