Sunday, September 30, 2007

Vegetable Pickers

Today's picture shows migrant workers during the Great Depression. This group is waiting to load onto a truck, to be taken to the fields. The picture was taken in 1939 near Homestead Florida.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Civil War Drummer Boys

Today we feature a picture of Civil War drummer boys. The picture shows the Bealeton Virginia Drum corps, 93d New York Infantry. The picture was made in 1863. It always amazes me how children sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old marched into combat in the Civil War.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Allan Pinkerton

This is a picture of Allan Pinkerton on Horseback. It was taken on the Antietam Battlefield in 1862. Pinkerton was a body guard for President Lincoln, and actually foiled an assassination attempt on Lincoln in 1861. After the war, Pinkerton founded the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency, and chased outlaws like Jesse James and Cole Younger. He died in 1884 from an infection resulting from him biting his tongue.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

President Woodrow Wilson

This is an old picture of President Woodrow Wilson. He is riding in a carriage in the Armistice Day parade. The picture was taken in 1921. Cars were popular by this time, but apparently Mr. Wilson still rode in a carriage on occasion.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Harry Longabaugh

Today we feature a picture of Harry Longabaugh. Harry was born in Mont Clare Pennsylvania in 1867. In 1887 he was convicted of horse theft, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Sundance, Wyoming. Thereafter, he became known as "The Sundance Kid". After being released from prison, he met up with Butch Cassidy, and formed the outlaw gang the "Wild Bunch". Over the next ten years, the group pulled off the longest string of successful bank robberies in Old West history.
With increasing notoriety, and attention from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Longabaugh and Cassidy moved to South America. It is reported that they were killed in a shootout in Bolivia in 1908 after robbing a mining company. Some believe that they staged the shootout, and that they returned to the United States to live out their lives.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Powder Monkey

Children fought in the Civil War in the Navy as well as the army. Above we show a photograph of a Civil War "Powder Monkey". A powder monkey was a boy sailor assigned to keep cannon crews supplied with gunpowder and cannon balls. These boys would be key players in any navy battle, and would be in the thick of any Navy Battle.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bat Masterson

Today we feature a photograph of William Barclay "Bat" Masterson. Bat was a notorious figure in the old west. He was a buffalo hunter, army scout, and frontier lawman. He is perhaps most famous for serving with Wyat Earp as a Deputy in Dodge City Kansas. This picture of Bat was taken later in life, as he was working as a sports editor for a New York City newspaper. I am always sort of amazed to see pictures like this of people who were famous in one era, but lived on into another. It is hard to picture Bat Masterson getting into a car and driving to work at a newspaper office.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Jicarilla Cowboy

We often think of Cowboys and Indians . . . as if they were always separate groups. This is a picture of a man that was both a Cowboy and an Indian. The photo was taken in 1905 by Edward Curtis. Curtis called the man the "Jicarilla Cowboy".

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Company Town

This is a photograph of Kempton, West Virginia, a Company Coal Town. The picture was taken in 1939. An old broken down Model T is shown in the foreground.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Moonshine Still

This picture shows a moonshine still from back in the days of prohibition. The still is surrounded by G-Men, who had recently captured the still. The picture was taken in 1922 in Washington DC, and this still was reported to be the largest one captured in Washington.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Little Girl Feeding a Bear Cub

Today we feature a picture from Alaska, circa 1900. It shows a small girl feeding a bear cub. The cub appears to have a dog collar on, so perhaps it is a family pet. It looks like a mining camp in the background.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


This picture features two pioneering American Aviators. On the left is Orville Wright. On the right is Charles Lindberg. Lindberg was the first pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, and Orville Wright was the first man to fly.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Chain Gang

Today we feature a photograph of a Chain Gang in rural Georgia in 1941, The picture was taken in Oglethorpe County. A group of black Convicts are seen chained together, working on the road, under the watchful eye of the prison warden.

Friday, September 14, 2007

First Helicopter Flight

This is a photograph of Igor Sikorsky at the controls of his VS-300 Helicopter. It was on this day (September 14) in the year 1939 that Sikorsky made this historic first successful helicopter flight.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Deadwood Stage

Today we feature a picture of the Deadwood Stagecoach. The picture was taken in 1889.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New York City Skyline

Today we feature a photograph of the New York City skyline, circa 1908. The skyline of New York City has always been majestic, and on this anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center we pay tribute to this great city.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hamburger Stand

Today's picture is from 1939 and shows a man eating a hamburger in Alpine Texas.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Galveston Hurricane

On this day (September 8) in the year 1900 Galveston Texas was hit by a devastating hurricane. This picture shows some of the damage to the city. About 6,000 people were killed, making it one of the Nation's worst natural disasters in history.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Mail Man

Today we feature a picture of a mailman delivering mail. The picture was taken in 1909, and shows a typical mail truck of the day.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

President William McKinley

Today we feature a portrait of President William McKinley. It was on this day (September 6) in the year 1901 that William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died 8 days later.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Renegade Apache Geronimo

Today we feature a photograph of Renegade Apache Chief Geronimo. Geronimo led numerous raids against both US and Mexican interests in the years between 1858 and 1886. At one point, over 5,000 US troops were assigned to capture Geronimo. This represented about 25% of the entire US army at the time. He and his band of warriors were among the last group of Native Americans to submit to US government authority. This last vestige of Native American independence came to an end on this day (September 4) in the year 1886 as Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson Miles near Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Bucking Bronco

This is a photograph from 1888 showing a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. The picture was taken by John Grabill.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sherman Burns Atlanta

It was on this day (September 2) in the year 1864 that General William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta. City officials wrote Sherman an impassioned note pleading for mercy on the city. Sherman replied, "War is cruelty, and it can not be refined." With this he proceeded to burn and sack the city. This photograph shows some of his troops as they destroy a railroad. The smoke of the burning city can be seen in the background. Sherman then proceeded with his famed March to the Sea, in which he destroyed everything in his path from Atlanta to the Ocean.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Wright Brothers Airplane

Today we feature a nice photograph of the Wright Brothers Airplane. Orville and Wilbur were both armature photographers, and they took lots of pictures of the development of their flying machine. You can see a complete collection of their work at Wright Brothers Pictures.