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The perils of tight pants

histoireinsolite:

The perils of tight pants

20,000 Pupils Stay Out of Class; Boston Freedom Schools Overflow |News | The Harvard Crimson

Over 20,000 children — about 22 per cent of Boston’s public school population — skipped classes yesterday in a Freedom Stay Out described by its leaders as a “resounding sucess.” William H. Ohrenberger, superintendent of Boston schools, put the exact absentee figure at 20,571, approximately two and one-half times the usual number. Over 10,000 children flocked to the 34 Freedom Schools set up for the day by civil rights leaders. Several thousand had to be bused to hastily established “overflow schools,” as the 27 original schools were jammed to capacity and spilled over onto the streets.

The Harvard Crimson, 27 February 1964

Old Ship Logs Reveal Adventure, Tragedy And Hints About Climate

The War of 1812: The Movie

In honor of the (over the top) commemoration of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry today in Baltimore. (via the Junto)

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Drawing of Hat to Prevent Drowning, 10/14/1840 - 10/14/1840.
Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1849- 1925).
Patent Spotlight. Samuel W. White submitted this invention in 1840 to help prevent people from drowning. He claimed that the hat’s buoyancy would ensure that the wearer would be “powerfully supported without exertion and consequently prevented from drowning.”
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DEvA

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Drawing of Hat to Prevent Drowning, 10/14/1840 - 10/14/1840.

Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1849- 1925).

Patent Spotlight. Samuel W. White submitted this invention in 1840 to help prevent people from drowning. He claimed that the hat’s buoyancy would ensure that the wearer would be “powerfully supported without exertion and consequently prevented from drowning.”

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DEvA

Hadrian's Wall dig unearths Roman stylus wax tablet

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Archaeologists have unearthed a stylus wax tablet at the site of a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.

Believed to be from 105-120AD, the tablet was found just 12in (30cm) from a wooden toilet seat discovered at the same location last month.

The…

General Washington and the Body-Snatchers

backstoryradio:

Lantern slides showing movie theater etiquette and announcements, circa 1912.

 Excellent podcast etiquette for today as well, IOHO. Please, applaud with hands only as you listen to our latest

All images via Library of Congress.

How a Sexed-Up Viral Hit From the Summer of ’09— 1909—Changed American Pop Forever