Archive for November, 2010
In November of 1963, to seek support for New Frontier policies and with an eye on the 1964 elections, President John F. Kennedy set out on what was planned as a two-day, five-city tour of Texas. Well before the President departed for Texas, advance men were dispatched from Washington to make on-the-scene preparations. Among them [...]
In 1952, the chief of the Still Photo section at the National Archives, Josephine Cobb, discovered a glass plate negative taken by Mathew Brady of the speaker’s stand at Gettysburg on the day of its dedication as a National Cemetery. Edward Everett would speak from that stand later in the afternoon for two straight hours. [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on November 19, 2010, under - Civil War, Rare Photos.
Tags: abraham lincoln, discovering the civil war, Gettysburg address, Mathew Brady, NARA, national archives, photo hunt, photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg, Rare Photos
As we all gear up for the single busiest flying day of the year, let’s remember that flying coach back in 1918 was a slightly less predictable affair, particularly if you were “Lieutenant Kirk Booth of the U.S. Signal Corps being lifted skyward by the giant Perkins man-carrying kite at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts. International [...]
The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy’s Art During World War II
Ilaria Dagnini Brey is the author of The Venus Fixers, an account of the Monuments Officers, who were assigned by the Allies to preserve and protect the artwork and monuments of Europe from looting and destruction. She is the featured Author on the Record for the Fall 2010 issue of Prologue. We invited her to do [...]
Posted by Hilary on November 17, 2010, under - World War II, Authors on the Record.
Tags: Allies, art, Authors on the Record, Iliaria Dagnini Brey, Italy, looting, Monuments Officers, the Venus fixers, WWII
Each year in America it seems there is one holiday gift that is heavy on demand and short on supply. In 1996, there was the Tickle-Me-Elmo fiasco. In 1983, it was the Cabbage Patch Doll. In 1864, the gift of the season was Savannah, Georgia, and one Union general was willing to do anything to [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on November 16, 2010, under - Civil War.
Tags: abraham lincoln, civil war, discovering the civil war, humor, odd us history, primary sources, shermans christmas gift, strange but true, surrender of Savannah, us history, weird history