Category Archives: History

The Spam Girls

IN 1945, THE WAR THAT wracked the world was finally over. American women who had served as military translators, typists and, even pilots suddenly found themselves out of a job. At the same time, the SPAM Man was trying to … Continue reading

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James Riley

James Riley (1853-?) was a young man from Kansas who, on August 19, 1871 was the deciding factor in a little-known but deadly gunfight, which became known as the Gunfight at Hide Park, that took place in Newton, Kansas. The … Continue reading

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50 Historical images

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Carlos Hathcock

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The Brooks–McFarland Feud

By the spring of 1902, the Fort Smith & Western Railroad was slowly pushing its way westward, into the heart of the Creek Nation in Indian Territory. A new town named Spokogee had sprung up in the path of the … Continue reading

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What is it?

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She felt a need for speed

In an era long before women were thought capable of doing much of anything, Dorothy Levitt decided that she wanted to do it all. Avid horseback rider, self-styled motoriste, race car driver, boat racer, journalist and amateur aviator, Levitt was … Continue reading

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The Katzenklavier: An Organ Made of Cats

Long before the wonders of keyboard cat, felines and music had a tense relationship. The two were tied by an infernal instrument—the katzenklavier, or cat organ. Imagine a row of eight cats tightly packed in individual cages, wedged along a … Continue reading

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Why, back in the OLD army…..

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Nellie Cashman

Described by her biographer as “Pretty as a Victorian cameo and, when necessary, tougher than two-penny nails,” this extraordinary woman wandered frontier mining camps of the 1800s seeking gold, silver and a way to help others. Throughout the West, she … Continue reading

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Doc Susy

Susan Anderson, M.D. (1870-1960) – Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Anderson’s family moved to the booming mining camp of Cripple Creek, Colorado while she was still a young woman. In about 1893, she left Cripple Creek to attended medical school … Continue reading

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Sullivan Brothers’ ship found

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including … Continue reading

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John Daly and his gang

John Daly, by most accounts, was born in New York and wound up in California by way of Canada. He was said by the Esmerelda Star to be a handsome man. In late 1862, at somewhere around 23 years of … Continue reading

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The History of Levis

Levi Strauss started the business at the 90 Sacramento Street address in San Francisco. He next moved the location to 62 Sacramento Street then 63 & 65 Sacramento Street. Jacob Davis, a Latvian Jewish immigrant, was a Reno, Nevada tailor … Continue reading

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The Prairie Schooner

The “prairie schooner” was the classic covered wagon that carried settlers westward across the North American plains. The nickname came from the typical white cloth cover on the wagon, which, from a distance, made it resemble the white cloth of … Continue reading

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The Pony Express

Pony Express summary: Three men in the mid-1800s had an idea to open up a mail delivery system that reached from the Midwest all the way to California. The lack of speedy communication between the mid-west and the west was … Continue reading

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Julia Bulette

Julia Bulette (1832 – January 19/20, 1867), was an English-born American prostitute and madam in Virginia City, Nevada who was murdered in 1867. She was the proprietor of the most elegant and prosperous brothel in the City and various films … Continue reading

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The Black Panthers

The film Black Panther has fired the imagination of cinema goers as its eponymous hero defeats a terrible enemy in epic battle scenes Now new photos have revealed how the real life Black Panthers, a black tank squadron in World … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle

Tonya Illman was walking across sand dunes just north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometres north of Perth, when she noticed something sticking out of the sand. “It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking … Continue reading

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Okies, God bless ’em

The Great Depression devastated that United States like never before, leaving the land arid and crumbling and families destitute and hungry. Cities in the south formed refuge camps for families fleeing the panic in their hometowns. Despite the poverty and … Continue reading

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