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Moments in Time

"History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses."

The U.S. Capitol building under construction, 1860. First known photo of the capitol.

The first official riders in New York Citys first subway, 1904

Laurel and Hardy - the last photo, 1956.

This is the last photograph ever taken of Florence Nightingale in 1910 and shows 90 year old Florence in her bedroom at her home in South Street, London near Hyde Park. The photo was taken by Lizzie Caswall Smith, a noted studio photographer. On the back of the photo Caswall Smith wrote, “Taken just before she died, house near Park Lane. The only photograph I ever took out of studio. I shall never forget the experience.”

Florence Nightingale- Taken: 1858 Discovered: 2006 Early photographs of Florence Nightingale are very rare because she was extremely reluctant to be photographed, partly for religious reasons and also because she regarded any personal publicity as detrimental to the causes of public health. The photo was discovered in an album of mid 19th century photographs and shows Florence sitting reading outside her family home in Embley Park, Hampshire two years after her return from the war.

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937

The Aftermath of the Chicago Fire of 1871

The New York premiere of The Wizard of Oz, ca. 1939.

The first Macy's store in Manhattan, 204-206 14th street, near 6th Avenue.

The Louvre in Paris, France, evacuated before the WWII German invasion in 1939. The Venus de Milo being packed up.

Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration on March 4th, 1905. Chief Justice Melville Fuller is administering the oath of office.

On October 30, 1938, the actors of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, led by twenty-three-year old Orson Welles, presented the adaptation on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Within the first forty minutes of the program, the actors had vividly described Martians landing in New Jersey and decimating the state. People flooded police stations with calls. Scores of adults reportedly required medical treatment for shock and hysteria.

February 10, 1910: The Wright brothers stood outside the Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) after receiving the Langley Medal for Aerodromics. Pictured (L to R): Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott, Wilbur Wright, Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, a Smithsonian regent, Orville Wright. Image Source: Smithsonian Institution Archives

On December 8th 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882- 1945) responds to the attack on Pearl Harbor made the day before.


The saddest day in America was June 25, 1962, when prayer was kicked out of the American public school system.

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 1945

Blizzard of 1888. Also called the Schoolhouse Blizzard because it hit the Midwest as most children walked home from school.

Only Existing Video Footage of Anne Frank...

John Quincy Adams, 1843. Earliest known photograph of a U.S. president.

The unfinished Washington monument as it stood for 18 years (1857-1875), due to lack of funds and the civil war

The liner "Queen Elizabeth" bringing American troops into NY Harbor at the end of WWII, 1945.

On December 24, 1851 the largest fire in Library of Congress history destroyed 35,000 books, about two–thirds of the Library’s 55,000 book collection, including two–thirds of Jefferson’s original transfer. Congress in 1852 quickly appropriated 168,700 dollars to replace the lost books, but not for the acquisition of new materials.

Sea Biscuit crossing finish line at Pimlico, 1938