This rarely seen portrait was commissioned by Prince Charles after their 1981 nuptials – it is said that it was his favorite picture of Diana in her wedding dress and he had an oil painting done of it that is still in his private collection.
Helen Keller's Pocket Watch; This unusual 'touch' watch, was given to Helen Keller at age 12 by John Hitz, a retired diplomat. On the backside of the watch is a revolving hand which stops at a point between the pins around the outside corresponding to the hour and minute, making it possible to feel the approximate time in the dark or, in the case of a diplomat like Hitz, discreetly. Hitz presented the watch to Keller, who used it her entire life. #Helen_Keller #Watch #Smithsonian #neatorama
World War II: The Kiss No single picture from World War II -- in fact, arguably, no single 20th-century photograph -- is more famous than Alfred Eisenstaedt's "VJ Day in Times Square." In its spontaneity, energy, and abandon, the photograph of a sailor grabbing and kissing a passing nurse as news of Japan's surrender rockets around the globe encapsulates an entire country's response to the war's end. Of course, not everyone ran outside and kissed strangers on the mouth on August 14, 1945 -- but when this photo appeared in LIFE (not on the cover, but as just one of many pictures taken around the country on the great day), countless readers were drawn to the story it told: a man and a woman, both in uniform, both young, in the very heart of America's greatest city, celebrating the end of a long, brutal conflict with that most unwarlike of gestures: a lingering, "Who cares who sees us?" kiss.
He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire. She is pregnant. The firefighter was afraid of her at first, because he had never been around a Doberman before. When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest. A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, “The Observer,” noticed this red Doberman in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies, and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph.