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Eighteen-year-old Ruth Malcomson, Miss Philadelphia of 1924. Later that year in Atlantic City, she would be crowned Miss America.


Lost Egyptian city revealed after 1,200 years…

Heracleion - Lost Egyptian city submerged 6.5 kilometres off Alexandria's coastline revealed after 1,200 years. Among the underwater ruins were 64 ships, 700 anchors, a treasure trove of gold coins, statues standing at 16 feet, and most notably the remains of a massive temple to the god Amun-Gereb, and the tiny sarcophagi for the animals that were brought there as offerings.

Mohenjo Daro is in danger of deteriorating beyond repair in the next 20 years if the Pakistani government does nothing to preserve the site, one of the oldest cities on the planet.

June 1910. Philadelphia, Pa. "Michael McNelis, 8 years old, a newsboy. This boy has just recovered from his second attack of pneumonia. Was found selling papers in a big rainstorm today." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

September 28, 1910. Browns Mills, New Jersey. "Smallest girl is 10-year-old Rosie Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. Carries cranberries at White's Bog. This is the fourth week of school in Philadelphia, and the people here expect to remain here two weeks more." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. | Click image for Comments. | Home

Undressed funeral effigy of Catherine de Valois, Queen of England. Henry V's queen died in 1437. Her grandson King Henry VII made major alterations to Westminster Abbey, which involved moving her embalmed body. She was placed in a crude coffin constructed of flimsy boards, and was left above ground. Catherine remained a public spectacle in the Abbey for over 200 years.

First-class Titanic passenger Harry Elkins Widener, a 27-year-old Philadelphia businessman and book collector who had graduated from Harvard College in 1907, perished in the boat's sinking along with his father, George D. Widener. His mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, survived, floating to safety aboard lifeboat No. 4. Not long after the Titanic went down, the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library went up at Harvard, thanks to a generous donation from his grieving mother.

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1952 press photo Miss Georgia, Neva Jane Langley

1952 press photo of Miss Georgia, Neva Jane Langley (Miss America 1953). Text on photo includes: (NY7) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept. 6--STEPPING AHEAD IN MISS AMERICA CONTEST--Miss Georgia, Neva Jane Langley of Macon, and Miss New York City, Joan Elizabeth Kanyne, pose with their trophys here last night after capturing preliminary contests in the Miss America pageant. Won Miss Georgia the year before Mother Joan Clements was in the Miss Georgia pageant.

The 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II returns to London from Kenya having acceded the throne on the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952. Accession describes the event of a new Sovereign taking the throne upon the death of the previous king by The British Monarchy

"Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars" at the Overbrook School in Philadelphia ca. 1912. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.