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Historic Photos

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


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4 Comments on “Historic Photos”

  1. #1 J. Sheets
    on Jan 23rd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Yay for some history!! The photo of the liberated Jews reminded me of one I saw at work last week–two U.S. soldiers pulling the ONE surviving man from a cattle car full of men. No words for the look on the survivor’s face. He was looking at the soldier to his left, who with one hand was helping him down and with the other was giving him a “you’re ok” pat on the arm. What a moment to have captured.

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Jan 25th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I enjoyed this very much. When things look dark, we have only to look at history to realize how very light it truly is. I think the hysterical picture was the one of the Microsoft hippies, right?

  3. #3 Richard Parker
    on Jan 26th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Jews coming off train at liberation. I think the caption is wrong. Well fed, well clothed, relatively clean, and no Star of David that I could see. Not conclusive, but they look much more like German refugees from the east in April of 1945 smiling for a German photographer. (Pretty much only the Germans were well-fed and well-clothed in April of 1945. The German government looted ruthlessly from everyone else in Europe all through the war to keep their own people well-fed, fashionable, and warm. As they entered Germany, American and English solders often commented on how comfortable the civilian Germans looked at the end of the war.)

    If I missed a Star of David in the pic, then the photo is as stated but still odd: Who are these people? They would not be Jews on a standard Nazi transport.

  4. #4 Srinivas
    on Feb 5th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Elecricity came into my father’s house somewhere in 1940s. This was in a small town of India. They fitted a 40W bulb in the hall and it seems his grandmother, with a cataract eye, went on to “‘de-stone’ the rice”, all the while saying it is bright as day light. Much the same way I felt when I came to US and used the 20MBPS internet !!!

    In the olden days, rice was adulterated with small gravel also known as stones. Women used to winnow / chaff it off to ‘de-stone’ the rice before cooking it.