a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little more of …

Just another WordPress.com site

Marjory Collins – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘ALWAYS something interesting’


June 1943

“Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour.

She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle.

Her husband is in the Army.”


See more of Marjory Collins work, HERE:




Before you think, $.58 per hour, is TERRIBLE!

Based on the ‘historic standard of living’ the $.58  per hour would be equivalent to $7.81 per hour in 2014 dollars.

The Federal Minimum wage is currently $7.25 – NOW that’s TERRIBLE!





April 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

USS Indianpolis – The Worst Shark Attack in History

Via: Smithsonian


Survivors of the USS Indianapolis are taken to medical aid on the island of Guam.


The USS Indianapolis had delivered the crucial components of first operational atomic bomb to a naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. On August 6, 1945, the weapon would level Hiroshima. But now, on July 28, the Indianapolis sailed from Guam, without an escort, to meet the battleship USS Idaho in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and prepare for an invasion of Japan.

The next day was quiet, with the Indianapolis making about 17 knots through swells of five or six feet in the seemingly endless Pacific. As the sun set over the ship, the sailors played cards and read books; some spoke with the ship’s priest, Father Thomas Conway.

But shortly after midnight, a Japanese torpedo hit the Indianapolis in the starboard bow, blowing almost 65 feet of the ship’s bow out of the water and igniting a tank containing 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel into a pillar of fire shooting several hundred feet into the sky. Then another torpedo from the same submarine hit closer to midship, hitting fuel tanks and powder magazines and setting off a chain reaction of explosions that effectively ripped the Indianapolis in two. Still traveling at 17 knots, the Indianapolis began taking on massive amounts of water; the ship sank in just 12 minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, 900 made it into the water alive. Their ordeal—what is considered the worst shark attack in history—was just beginning.

As the sun rose on July 30, the survivors bobbed in the water. Life rafts were scarce. The living searched for the dead floating in the water and appropriated their lifejackets for survivors who had none. Hoping to keep some semblance of order, survivors began forming groups—some small, some over 300—in the open water. Soon enough they would be staving off exposure, thirst—and sharks.

Read more, HERE:

Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter


December 10, 2013 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alfred Eisenstaedt – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

New York’s Penn Station, 1944

See more photos, HERE:



Q: Did the young corporal make it back home?

A: Don’t know, but I sure hope so.



December 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

George Rodger – Image Gallery

Via: Magnum Photos

G.B. ENGLAND. World War II.


Slowly the city of Coventry comes to life again after the night’s bombing.

Postmen on their rounds find addresses gone.


. . .

See more images, HERE:



And somehow, they did.

Bless the Brits!


November 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

War – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

“Battle of Britain. Children in an English bomb shelter.”

England, 1940-41


See more photos, HERE:



September 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

WW-II – Internment of the ‘Japanese-AMERICANS’

Via: Atlantic

Roaring into Sacramento on Monday morning, July 30, 1945, a special train of seven cars brought some 450 Japanese American residents of California back to their homes after staying over three years at the Rohwer Center of the War Relocation Authority, in McGehee, Arkansas. (Hikaru Iwasaki/LOC)


A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho, found their home and garage vandalized with anti-Japanese graffiti and broken windows in Seattle, Washington, on May 10, 1945. (AP Photo)


See more photos. HERE:



September 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

S. Hood. Sydney embarkation, 13 September 1940


See more, HERE:



September 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Michele ‘crazy eyes’ Bachmann warns of link between census, Japanese internment

Via: TPM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is taking her refusal to fully fill out her Census form, which is a crime punishable by a $5,000 fine, to a whole new level: Invoking the memory of the Japanese internment during World War II, and the evil role that the Census played in it!

During an interview this morning on Fox News, Bachmann mostly focused on the danger of her personal information falling into the hands of the dreaded menace ACORN. But at one point, she made a very interesting appeal to history:

“Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps,” said Bachmann.I’m NOT saying that that’s what the Administration is planning to do, BUT I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps.”


Read more, HERE:



July 22, 2012 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Memphis – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy ‘Always Something Interesting’

“Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. Waiting for the bus at the Memphis terminal.” (‘White Waiting Room’)

– September, 1943.

– Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.


See more images of Memphis, Tennessee; HERE:



May 28, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indianapolis – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Interesting’

“Soldiers with their girls at the Indianapolis bus station.”

– September, 1943

– Esther Bubley, Office of War Information.


See more images of Indianpolis, Indiana; HERE:



May 26, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment