Moments in Time
"History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses."
Joseph Warren Revere, the grandson of Paul Revere, served as a Brigadier General in the New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.
Paul Revere’s Grandsons Fought In the Civil War
On October 28, 1636, Harvard was founded, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Initially called "New College" or "the college at New Towne", the institution was renamed Harvard College in 1639.
1899 - Harvard Gate, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US
William Howard Taft signing Arizona Statehood Bill
The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former slave. Parks was freed in 1862 He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks worked as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery. When he died on Aug. 21, 1929, Secretary of War Stimson granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
James Parks (1843 - 1929) - Find A Grave Memorial
Harry Houdini, upside down in his Water Torture Cell - 1912
First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore began teaching at a country school house in Cayuga County, NY when she was 16 years old. In the winter of 1818 a self taught teenager named Millard Fillmore enrolled her class. They were engaged a year later and married in 1826. As First Lady, she worked to create a permanent library in the White House which still exist today on the second floor of the White House.
Between 1876 and 1882, the arm of the Statue of Liberty was in Madison Square Park, NY, for fund-raising to complete the Statue. Anyone could pay 50 cents to climb to the torch balcony.
Car Radio: In 1930, Paul and Joseph Galvin, along with William Lear, developed the first automobile dashboard radio and named it the "Motorola," or motorized Victrola—and demonstrated the 5T71 prototype (PHOTO) in a Studebaker.
The History of the Car Stereo
On October 16, 1829, the first modern hotel in the U.S. opens in Boston. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals. Exactly 40 years later, on October 16, 1869, it became the first hotel in the U.S. to provide indoor plumbing.
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The 1950's also brought about the birth of our Interstate Highway System. It was originally called the National Defense Highways and was suppose to provide military ground transport routes connecting 209 major cities with populations of 50,000 or more.
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Gateway arch, St. Louis, under construction
1950 - Quincy, MA: William "Bill" Rosenberg opened his first Dunkin' Donuts shop. He sold sweet cakes for just 5 cents a pop (a dozen donuts was 69 cents and coffee was just a dime.) By 1955, Rosenberg had five locations. Soon after, he licensed the brand.
Built in 1902, Macy’s at 151 West 34th Street in New York City was the first building in the world to have a modern-day escalator, and it was made of wood. You can see still see Macy’s wooden escalator in use today!
World War I Centenary: Words and Phrases
Out of the approx. 750,000 soldiers that fought for the South, these were the last three surviving Confederate Civil War veterans. Photo taken in 1951
Probably the most famous photograph of the guillotine ever taken, it depicts the last public execution to take place in France. Taken on June 17, 1939 in Versailles, it shows Eugene Weidmann, a six-time murderer, about one second away from losing his head.
Off with his head
September 27, 1804: Anna McNeill Whistler was born in Wilmington. McNeill was made famous in the renowned painting, “Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother,” commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother” - At home in the Louvre.
Whistler’s Mother, North Carolina Native
First Macy's Christmas Parade 1924. Animals from the Central Park Zoo.
Vintage Christmas Photograph ~ Robert May, the man who wrote the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in 1939, stands in front of his home in Skokie, IL with his Rudolph creation on December, 19, 1949. May wrote the story, at the request of his boss, to hand out as a promotional item to customer's that came into the Montgomery Wards stores that year. (Not sure why Rudolph has two noses, unless they didn't have small light bulbs back then and this was the only way to light Rudolph's nose.)
Robert May, the man who wrote the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in 1939, stands in front of his home in Skokie, IL with his Rudolph creation on December, 19, 1949. May wrote the story, at the request of his boss, to hand out as a promotional item to customer's that came into the Montgomery Wards stores that year.
50 Weird And Awesome Inventions From The Consumer Golden Age
The Monuments Men, the group of Allied men and women who recovered stolen artwork from the Nazis in Europe during the Second World War. The group was composed of artists, curators, archivist, soldiers, men and women from over 13 nations.