Guest Posts, Historical Events / 28.10.2013

These two guys are checking out their shoes, and for good reason. They walked from Venezuela to Washington, DC to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree, leaving on January 11, 1935 and arriving June 16, 1937. That's right, they covered Venezuela, through Colombia, then Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, then through the southern US all the way to DC. More than 10,000 miles. Here they sit at the steps of the Capitol Building. We hope they earned an extra badge! Source: Boston Public Library Okay, so the title might be a little exaggeration, but it's close right?...

Guest Posts, Historical Events / 25.09.2013

I was doing some research on J.P. Morgan. (Ok, research backstory: In the summer 1919, he was summoned, er, subpoenaed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They wanted to ask him why he had a copy of the draft peace treaty with Germany in 1919 before it had been released to the public. I found the testimony here via Google Books. Turns out, Thomas W. Lamont was both a partner at J.P. Morgan & Co. and attached to the US Delegation in Paris.) There are a ton of Wall...

Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 20.09.2013

Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his second term as president and delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. There are a couple interesting things we picked out of this photo. First, when you click on the photo to view it in more detail, you can see just how much taller Lincoln is than everyone else. Though the people in the chairs are sitting, Lincoln still towers over them....

Notable People & Places / 10.09.2013

Not many of us get to see Washington, DC from the roof of the Capitol. None of us ever got to see the view in 1861, but here's the next best thing. Taken in 1861, this is looking north. The cursive at the bottom is pointing out the different sites you can see. From left to right they read: Douglas Hospital, Old Douglas House, Railway Station, The Washington (or Wilkes House), St. Aloysius, Government Printing Office, Glenwood Cemetery, Swampoodle, and Old Mill. We particularly like the ghostly, blurred waving American...