Handle with kid gloves means to handle a situation, or a person or an object, delicately and gingerly. The phrase comes from the 1730’s when kid gloves were made from the skin of a young goat. They were not intended for use when you were working and wearing kid gloves usually indicated that the wearer […]
Luggage Security Nightmares – have you experienced anything like this?
Another great personal story by Alabama contributing author, Inez McCollum. What is your worse experience in luggage security? Share it in the comments below. LUGGAGE/SECURITY CHECK by Inez McCollum We have all been through some nightmares when checking our luggage. Thankfully, since 9/11, that experience is even worse. That sounds like an oxymoron; but is […]
A bigger bang for your buck – can you guess who first used this phrase?
Today ‘A Bigger Bang for your Buck’ means that you get more for your money. However, most sources credit US Defense Secretary Charles Wilson as the source of the expression ‘a bigger bang for your buck’ in reference to a new policy of using nuclear weapons in any conflict bigger than what they called ‘a brush-fire […]
The clarity of these rare portraits of actual Native Americans from 1900 is amazing
(These portraits were obviously made for posterity. They reveal so much detail. I only wish they were in color) Portraits of Native Americans from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show Amos Two Bulls, Sioux Indian portrait, (three portraits). taken by photographer Gertrude Kasebier (1852-1934) around 1900 Chief Iron Tail, a Sioux Indian in Buffalo Bills Wild […]
Do you remember the first Shell Homes – They were much better than two room shacks [photographs]
Alabama Contributing Author, Dorothy Graham Gast, provides another interesting story about Shell Homes in Alabama. Do you remember them? SHELL HOMES by Dorothy Gast During the years after World War II, rural families in the South were still living in substandard housing. Many homes were no more than two-room shacks with lean-to areas that had […]
The hermit of Portland, Maine in 1936 – What was his real name?
You never know what interesting photographs you might run across while doing research. Below are some pictures taken by Paul Carter, a Resettlement Administration employee in 1936 while his was visiting Freeport, Maine. The man in the photographs must have been quite a character and very inventive. I’d love to know more about him. The hermit […]
Rock and Roll – they thought it wouldn’t last [film & music]
View Post When Rock and Roll appeared, it was considered evil. Do you remember these days? I thought this was a great compilation depicting the era. Start researching your family genealogy research in minutes. This inexpensive Ebook has simple instructions on how to get started with FREE sources. Download WHERE DO I START? Hints and […]
Remarkable film of Ellis Island Immigrants arriving on July 24, 1903
They came with hope and dreams of a better life. This historic film was taken of immigrants arriving on July 9, 1903. Some stared at the camera when they arrived and provided remarkably clear pictures of their faces. Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United […]
[vintage pictures] Can you imagine sending your eight-year old child to a cannery factory like this instead of school each morning?
These photographs below of young workers from the 1915s include names of children from New York, Mississippi and Maine who worked in the cannery industry. Canning was once an industry that hired young workers in America as seen by the following photographs. Instead of attending school, children were often forced to work by their parents […]