Depression era: when they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, the mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks. The label was designed to wash out.

The famous ” Feed sack dress” – 1940s ration fashion -- when the flour companies learned that the poor in the dust bowl were sewing flour bags together to make dresses and other clothing for the children, they began selling their flour in different decorative bags with flowers and such things printed on them so that the "clothing" made would be a bit more attractive and fun.

Ilse Weber. A Czech singer and poet, Ilse, along with her son and husband, was sent to the Thereseinstadt Concentration camp by the Nazis. She willingly followed her husband when he was transferred to Auschwitz, hoping to keep her family together. When her young son, Tommy, was sent to the gas chamber with other children, she voluntarily accompanied them, softly singing a lullaby she had written to keep them calm. Her husband survived.

1969: Ted Kennedy was driving drunk when he veered off a bridge. Mary Jo Kopechne was in the back seat. Ted swam ashore but left her to drown. He walked to his motel, complained to the manager about a noisy party, took a shower, slept, ordered newspapers when he woke, spoke to a friend & two lawyers before calling police 9 hrs later. Divers estimated they could have saved Mary Jo. She had not drowned, but had survived in an air pocket. She asphyxiated when the oxygen ran out several hrs lat...

Children huddled in a bomb shelter experiencing an air raid during World War II, Britain, 1940

During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river's bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. | 'Shoes on the Danube Promenade' by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer

starvation during the russian revolution

"You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children that we have taught our children that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves." - Chief Seattle

Appalachian Great Depression - The mother in a family of nine holds her baby.

Chief Flying Horse, the older brother of the minor Sitting Bull charged into Captain Henry Jackson's men, knowing full well he would be killed but his actions permitted enough time for women and children to get further away.

4 Year-Old Newsboy in Tampa, 1913

Chimney sweep, before child labor laws outlawed the work of such young children

A young German soldier (pictured center left, without helmet) refuses to participate in the execution of 16 Yugoslav civilians. He positioned himself within the group and was executed for disobeying his NCO. He choose death instead of killing hopeless civilians. His name was Josef Schulz.


A photo of three children which had been found in their dead father’s hand following the Battle of Gettysburg was published on October 19th 1863, in an attempt to identify the soldier.

Victorian-era London slum children

SHE'S MY HERO: Oseola McCarty worked all her life cleaning other women's houses. She lived very frugally, and from her savings, donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for scholarship. “I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” she said. “I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.”

"U.S. Marshals escorting the brave 6 year old Ruby Bridges to school in Lousiana in 1960. She was the first African American to attend an all white school in the South.

September, 1938. Farm wife washing clothes, Arkansas. Still amazes me that they always wore dresses. Proper ladies even on wash day.

Survivors saved by Oskar Schindler and their families near Schindler’s grave during the filming of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”, Jerusalem

The Romanov Family, Nicholas II, Alexandra, the children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei as an infant.