Tag Archives: National Archives

Uncle Sam-I-Am: Dr. Seuss’s Private Snafu

With the 110th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birth, we are reminded of his enormous impact on children’s literature. Less remembered, however, was his time spent serving in the US Army’s Information and Education Division. During World War II, Theodor Seuss Geisel … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Construction of Federal Buildings

Photographs featured this week come from the series “Construction of Federal Buildings, 1885-1954″ (121-BCP). Local Identifier: 121-BCP-137C-6, “Photograph of the Foundation of the Department of Justice Building”, July 9, 1932 Local Identifier: 121-BCP-133C-9, “Photograph of the U.S. General Services Administration … Continue reading

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The Real Monuments Men

Nestled within the Italian Alps, in the small village of San Leonardo, behind the doors of an abandoned jail cell, sat some of the world’s most cherished pieces of art. Together with a nearby repository in Campo Tures, it was … Continue reading

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Gangsters, G-Men, and Archivists

The gangster was an icon in the 1920s and 30s.  While prohibition limited the sale of alcohol, the gangster smuggled in liquor from Canada and established speakeasies across the country.  As the Great Depression left thousands unemployed, the gangster embodied … Continue reading

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This Week In Universal News: New Year’s Eve, 1932

This week in Universal News, the New Year is celebrated in the United States and Cuba. 1933 would be the year that Prohibition was repealed, although the festivities evident in this story certainly do not seem lacking. From the release … Continue reading

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A Moving Image “Newspaper”: Universal Newsreels at the National Archives

Before the advent of televised network news programs and the 24 hour news cycle on cable and the internet, newsreels were one of the main sources people had for news.  One of five major newsreel companies, Universal Studios produced and released newsreels … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Photographs of Photographers

The theme this week is Photographs of Photographers. Local Identifier: 111-B-1074,  “Mathew B. Brady” Local Identifier: 174-G-22-4, “Lewis W. Hine” Local Identifier: 80-G-324556, “Capt. Edward J. Steichen, USNR, (retired), photographic expert, on island platform, studies his surroundings for one of … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Aviation

The theme this week is Aviation. Local Identifier: 18-WP-48625, Photograph of the Wright Brothers’ Camp in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1903 Local Identifier: 165-WW-7B-6, “Wright Brothers’ 1904 Aeroplane (“Kitty Hawk”) in first flight, December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk,  N.C. … Continue reading

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Corsican Kids Christmas Party With the 57th Bomb Wing 1944

This post was written by guest blogger Carrie Goeringer. On December 23, 1944, weather on the island of Corsica was bleak and dreary, as it had been for most of the winter. Many of the children who lived on the island … Continue reading

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I Saw Kitty Hawk: Film, Memory, and Archives

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the 110th anniversary of “The Great Train Robbery,” a film that pioneered editing techniques that are so commonplace as to be invisible to viewers today and is acknowledged as the first example … Continue reading

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