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5 yr old after day's work that began at 5 AM, was tired and refused to be photographed, the mother said, 'Oh, She's ugly,' said picking shrimp was very hard on the fingers, Biloxi, MS, by Lewis Wickes Hine 1911 –– Teabagger Right Wing NeoLiberal good ole days.

A young mother and her children wait to be executed near Lubny on Oct. 16, 1941. Though the sound of shots must have been audible to those waiting, none are crying or behaving with anything other than incredible dignity, faith, and resolve. To answer why so many didn't just overwhelm their captors, it is well-known that a few men with guns can easily control crowds many times larger; especially if the crowds are of women, children and the elderly.

Mother and nine children living in a field on U.S. Route 70 near the Tennessee River during the Depression - 1936. Photo by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration

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Honolulu Harlots

Fascinating post about WWII brothels in Hawaii: "Jean O’Hara, spearheaded a strike which lasted three weeks in July 1942, demanding the basic human rights of American citizens. The prostitutes pointed out that their work was vital to the war effort, and they had already collectively purchased 132,000 dollars in war bonds..."

1842 - Darmstadt, Germany: a death mask was found in a ragpicker’s shop in Darmstadt, that is 99.9% certain to be that of William Shakespeare’s. The mask, bearing the date of 1616 (Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616) , features the writer’s high forehead, prominent nose and beard. Engineers at Konica Minolta Europe scanned the death mask with lasers to construct a 3D computer model. After superimposing the model with the death mask, perfect matches were revealed between forehead, eyes…

Pinner writes: These are pictures from a 1937 Life magazine profiling 9 year old Eunice, from Tennessee, and her new HUSBAND, 22 year old Charlie, who lived next door. I couldn't find a lot on them, except an old article with her mother not understanding what the problems was, stating that after two weeks of marriage they did not live as "man and wife." I also found her obituary (2006!). She stayed married to him their whole lives, and had seven surviving children.


A Forgotten Presidential Candidate From 1904

George Edwin Taylor became the first African American to run for president!

March 1944: A child in the Ozarichy hostage holding camp tries to wake up his mother, who has been murdered by the Germans. Ozarichy in Kalinkovichy region of Belarus was large fenced-in area on the German front line holding local civilians as human shields against Soviet attacks. The hostages were left without shelter, food, and water and were decimated by exposure, gunfire, and hunger. When Soviet troops finally defeated the Germans in the area, they found 15,960 children among the…

Somalian human rights activist & physician Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe, who has never raised her fist in anger against another human being. Who could perform three C-sections on dirt-poor women, wash her hands, then go straight outside to stare down an army of hardcore Somali militiamen, and with four words send them running in shame.

This photo, taken in 1894 of Alexander Graham Bell, Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller (seated). Bell introduced Keller to her famous teacher.

Anneliese Michel (September 21, 1952 – July 1, 1976) was a German Catholic girl who was “possessed by demons” and subsequently underwent an exorcism. Following the last exorcism and after warning her mother that she could take no more, Anneliese died in her sleep.

February 1939. "On U.S. 99 near Brawley, Imperial County, California. Homeless mother and youngest child of seven walking the highway from Phoenix, Arizona, where they picked cotton. Bound for San Diego, where the father hopes to get on relief 'because he once lived there.'" Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922

Margaret Sanger, RN. Raised Irish Catholic, she blamed her mother's death on the toll 18 pregnancies had taken on her body. In 1918 she founded the American Birth Control League which later became Planned Parenthood.

80 years since the Black Famine in Ukraine. "There were instances when people who were still alive were buried together with the dead. Vasyl Tanchyk, my neighbour, died, and his wife died, but their small child, a suckler, was still alive. It clung to her mother’s breasts. The tiny child was taken to the cemetery and thrown into the grave with the body of her dead mother. It crawled into the corner and the dirt was thrown on top of her.”


These 40 Photos From The Past Are Shocking, Crazy, Or Both. I Still Can't Believe Some Of Them.

baby cages were used in apartments in 1930s to make sure child got enough fresh air and sunlight. And danger. o my!