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Cleveland-Thurman Portrait Paper Balloon Lantern, ca. 1888 
Collection: Cornell University Collection of Political Americana, Cornell University Library
Title: Cleveland-Thurman Portrait Paper Balloon Lantern, ca. 1888. Political Party: Democratic. Election Year: 1888
There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library which is making it freely available with the request that, when possible, the Library be credited as its source.

Cleveland-Thurman Portrait Paper Balloon Lantern, ca. 1888 

Collection: Cornell University Collection of Political Americana, Cornell University Library

Title: Cleveland-Thurman Portrait Paper Balloon Lantern, ca. 1888. Political Party: Democratic. Election Year: 1888

There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library which is making it freely available with the request that, when possible, the Library be credited as its source.

backstoryradio:

It’s a walk-off, people.




Host Ed Ayers talks with author Matthew Algeo about the most popular spectator sport of the 1870s – competitive pedestrianism – and the U.S. vs. U.K. walk-off that had Americans on the edge of their seats.

For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, and for an array of resources exploring American competing in sports on the world stage, check out BackStory’s website: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/u-s-vs-them-2/

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.”

—   IN THE EVENT OF A MOON DISASTER, a speech written for President Nixon before the Apollo 11 mission. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins all returned safely to Earth and the speech was never delivered. (via backstoryradio)

Plague Pits in London | Interactive Map | Historic UK

How to Hypnotize in Passing - How to Hypnotize Court and Jury - Memory System - Fluency of Mind, Tongue and Pen. (Page 1)
William A. Scott (1903)

How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era

From further in the article: 

"Any Asiatic can evade the whole issue of color in America by winding a few yards of linen around his head," Desai quotes Gooneratne as saying. "A turban makes anyone an Indian." Pause. Let’s take care of a couple of housekeeping details: A turban isn’t exclusively Indian. It has variations in the Middle East, East Asia and North Africa. But it was seen as a "racial marker" for Indians, Desai notes, and led to acts of violence against in the 19th century. South Asians weren’t immune to racial prejudice.

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

This week’s theme is “What I did on my summer vacation.” We’re highlighting some of the amazing 50,000 postcards available through the DPLA. 

Today, we’re looking at the variety of restaurant options available to the hungry traveller. The postcards above represent food options from California to New York and many stops in between with offerings as diverse as Italian in Nebraska, fried chicken in Texas, gourmet eating in Cincinnati, clams in NYC, a smorgasbord in Stow, and Cantonese in White Plaines. 

Where will you eat on your summer vacation?

All these postcards come from the awesome collections at the Boston Public Library, which come to DPLA via Digital Commonwealth. You should really check out the whole set. You have time—you’re on vacation!

Boston 1775: Lieutenant Little Chases a Sea Serpent

At sunrise, I discovered a large Serpent, or monster, coming down the bay, on the surface of the water. The Cutter was manned and armed. I went myself in the boat, and proceeded after the Serpent.

“Here’s another little item out of the Stars & Stripes. A soldier in Belgium who had been sweating out news of a prospective new arrival in his family received a cable from his spouse. ‘Twins arrived this week. More by mail.’ He promptly cabled back, ‘Overjoyed regarding twins. If more arrive by mail, refuse them.’
- John C. Waller, January 14, 1945”

—   source: Dear Geraldine