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vintage mailbox. On every streetcorner. I remember we walked down the end of the street and mailed letters.

Union Drummer Boy photographed by a traveling photographer's makeshift "in the field" studio. *s*

Susie King Taylor: first African American army nurse; the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences; also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

downtown main street USA...beautiful Barber Poles, a thing of the past, I used to love to watch them twirl.

Ca.1860, and NOT by Eugene Atget. This has been passed around labelled "The Crinoline Shop, by Eugéne Atge, 1880," but that is obviously wrong. Eugéne Atget (note the final T) was born in 1857 and did not start taking photographs until the late 1880s, nor his famous street scenes until the end of the century. This image is clearly between 1860 and 1864 by the fashions - but it does appear to be French.

Retton became the first American to win the all-around gymnastics title, at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She also took home medals in four other events in those Games -- silver in the team competition and vault, and bronze in the uneven bars and floor exercise. That year, Retton was named SI's "Sportswoman of the Year."

William Tecumseh Sherman, one of the most ruthless of Yankee generals in the Civil War. I have relatives who to this day refuse to buy a lawnmower powered by a Tecumseh motor.

This WWII poster for the Recruiting Publicity Bureau of the United States Army was illustrated by artist Bradshaw Crandell, c. 1943. "Are you a girl with star-spangled heart? Join the WAC now! Thousands of Army jobs need filling! Women's Army Corp. United States Army."


Young Jesse James (approx. 16 yrs. of age). Missouri bushwhacker riding with Bloody Bill Anderson.

Navy pilot George H.W. Bush, 1942. Before going to college, Bush signed up to join the navy and fight in World War II. He rose to the level of lieutenant. He was a navy pilot flying 58 combat missions in the Pacific. He was injured bailing out of his burning aircraft during a mission and was rescued by a submarine.