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Visiting Nurse Association St. Louis - Historical Early Black Nurses 1935 by Vernon Dutton, via Flickr

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

Falstaff Brewing was the story of two St. Louis based brewing families, the Lemps and Griesediecks.

Japanese Garden at the World's Fair, 1904 by Missouri History Museum, via Flickr

Grinding a machined part at Curtiss-Wright plant, St. Louis, 1943-44. Photograph by F. Dale Smith, now in Missouri History Museum

Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.

The world's tallest man, Robert Wadlow, standing in a crowd. He's probably close to the height at his death, 8'11''. Lived in Alton, Illinois.