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A friend sent me these wonderful old historical photos I had never seen before and I felt they were worth sharing.
1943 : Breast Protectors for War Workers
Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin
Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs .
Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old, she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II's cigarette at his invitation. When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married. They remained married the rest of their lives.
Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiliary Air Force in WW 2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.

Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical " Chicago ."

Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900's .
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd, outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the prime minister's wife.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Caroline Otero, courtesan, the most sought after woman in all of Europe . She associated herself with the likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs with Otero ended. Two men fought a duel over her. She was famed for her voluptuous breasts.
Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield , Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.
Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917
Washington, D.C. , circa 1919. " Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection .
Filming the MGM Logo
Amelia Earhart
Mae Questel ca. 1930’s, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper , the Friendly Ghost
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.
Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.
Miss America 1924
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London,1956 Both women are 30 years old.
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.
Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.
Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW 2. They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props.
To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they’d climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there till American Soldiers found him).
Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays “Going Home” as FDR’s body is borne past in Warm Springs , GA , where the President was scheduled to attend a barbecue on the day he died.


Stephanie Faris said...

These are SO cool! Very rare. And breast protectors? Yikes!

Anna Maria said...

Thanks Stephanie! I had never heard of "breast protectors" either. Those couldn't have been comfortable.

Bouncin Barb said...

I thoroughly enjoyed these photos. There is some serious history in them. The last one was sad to see that man crying for FDR. He was a well loved man in Warm Springs. Thank you for sharing these.

Anna Maria said...

Happy you enjoyed the photos Barb. I remember my whole family crying when FDR died. I was only seven years old but I remember the sadness my parents and grandparents felt. A lot of folks at the time respected how much he had done to bring the nation back from the brink of disaster.

oneperson said...

Thanks for posting these Anna.

Incredible images and some history I wasn't aware of.

Even though they are black & white, they are full of color.

Anna Maria said...

Thank you Carol...and I agree, they are full of historical color.

DMS said...

These were fascinating. I played a game where I tried to guess who was in the picture. I got quite a few right- but of course, many wrong. I loved learning more about history and old photos always fascinate me. Thanks for sharing!!

Anna Maria said...

Happy you enjoyed them Jess. I love history also and am always fascinated when I see excellent old photos that document our history. It often amazes me as to how clear so many of these old black and white photographs are.