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Bullock's Wilshire (1946). 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 56 & National Register of Historic Places No.78000685

Water and Power Associates

Scene from a Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl (1936). Drifts of sand pile up beside the barns and farmhouse

North Sea Drainage Project to Increase Size of Europe (1930). via Retronaut. [It's kind of hard to believe now that people seriously considered projects like this ...]

*WWII PIN ~ honoring Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, a black messman who was untrained in machine gun use due to rigid Naval segregation policies. Miller took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. He was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and six months after the attack was given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

Electoral Precedent | xkcd

Soviet letters [These are the письма-треугольники, the “triangular letters”, the standard form of soldiers’ correspondence during the Great Patriotic War. (directions for folds on site)]

A girl awaiting the evacuation bus with her family. Hayward, California, 1942. Dorothea Lange

101st Airborne Division jumps near Eindhoven, Holland, September 17, 1944. Elements of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment are in the foreground.

Segregated Water Fountains (1950). Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos. [Picture of segregated water fountains in North Carolina]

'Miles just called and said he wants this album to be titled: "BITCHES BREW". Please advise.'

Overlooking Hill Street, Los Angeles 1940. Ansel Adams. Shot by Adams while on assignment for Fortune Magazine in 1940.

Bunker Hill in Kodachrome. Photographed by George Mann in the 60's. While I generally prefer the drama of b photos, it's color photos like this that best bring home just what LA lost when it tore down the Victorians in the name of urban renewal ...

Robert Adams, "Edge of San Timoteo Canyon, Redlands, California" (1982; printed 1992) | photograph | gelatin silver print Source:

The Chocolate Shoppe, LA Historic Cultural Monument #137, features tile murals by Ernest Batchelder (Photo by Floyd B. Bariscale, via Flickr)

Cutting ice; Kissena Lake in Queens, ca. 1860-1900. From the NYC Municipal Archives, via 'In Focus', The Atlantic.

NYC Grand Central Station ca.1935-1941. From the NYC Municipal Archives, via 'In Focus', The Atlantic.

Abraham Lincoln [redwood], Calaveras Co. / Yosemite Natl Park. ca. 1870. Watkins

Free at last. [MLK, Jr. delivering the 'I have a dream' speech on the Lincoln Memorial. March on Washington DC. 1963. MAGNUM/Bob Adelman]

Portrait of Jane Addams, the founder of Hull House, sitting in an automobile in Chicago, Illinois. 1915

Apollo 11 parade, NYC. Aug. 13, 1969. [Photo: Jack Manning/NY Times]

[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris.] (1883)

Executive Order 9066. 19 February 1942. FDR ordering the internment of Japanese Americans.

Suffragette Surveillance, 1913. ‘In 1912, Scotland Yard detectives bought their first camera, to covertly photograph suffragettes. The pictures were compiled into ID sheets for officers on the ground.’ [Not all of the women were willing subjects, and at least one of the women was restrained by a guard; via How to be a Retronaut]

1961 mississippi freedom riders

From Morgan Library & Museum Exhibit: ‘Faces of War - devastated France 1917-24’