Tag: Alabama history

The Quiet Home – it eliminated jangled nerves from working in a noisy environment in 1965.

Birmingham, Alabama was a pilot city for the ‘Quiet home’ program in 1965 to eliminate the “jangled nerves” caused by working and living in noisy urban environments. The 1965 Parade of Homes was a marketing event in Birmingham, Alabama for … Read More

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Great [photographs] of Kempton, West Virginia children – Sometimes the children worked in mines

Can you believe that sometimes children as young as twelve worked in coal mines? When photographer John Vachon visited the coal mine town of Kempton, Maryland-West Virginia in May 0f 1939, he took outstanding photographs of the people in the small … Read More

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Fashion Fads are nothing new but the hobble skirt is really strange from 1910 – this is why it became popular

Hobble Skirt One short-lived fad around 1910 was the hobble skirt. A hobble skirt was a skirt with a narrow enough hem to significantly impede the wearer’s stride. Parisian fashion designer Paul Poiret designed the restrictive skirts. Observed Mrs. Hart … Read More

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The Blonde Bandit was captured in Montgomery, Alabama – this story would make a good movie

You’ve probably heard the story of the robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, but have you ever heard of the Blonde Bandit? This story reminds me of the play and movie Chicago. In February 1930, twenty-year-old Sally Joyce Richards, branded the “Blonde … Read More

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