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 company town, including these of some of the coal miner’s children. They give us a […]
Tag: Alabama history
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 Bandit,” was found guilty of first-degree robbery and sentenced to twenty years to life in […]
Can you believe there is an Alabama Landing in Arkansas?
THE ALABAMA LANDING by Jon R McKinnie Hernando DeSoto’s expedition In 1541-1542, Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s expedition included the first white men to explore this particular area of north Louisiana. They had traveled throughout mid-America from the Mobile, AL starting point and, in time, to south Arkansas and north Louisiana. Expedition journals record they spent […]
The Marvelous Water Filter – what ingenuity!
THE MARVELOUS WATER FILTER For several years our dug well had not provided enough water for our family needs. It had an electric pump and a pressure tank. Two baths and the well was dry. A drilling company was called in and bored a two hundred foot well. The drilled well provided plenty of water, […]
DYK -(Did you know) that paper money was once considered a health risk?
Paper Money Health Risk was considered a health risk. The Constitution only authorized the federal government to issue coins, not paper money. “Article One of the Constitution granted the federal government the sole power “to coin money” and ‘regulate the value thereof.’ However, it said nothing about paper money. This was largely because the founding […]
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 O. Berg It is thought he may have been influenced by observing the behavior […]
Forgotten American history recently found in library in Perth Amboy [Pics & film]
*Note: Some of the language below may be a little antiquated because its excerpts and transcriptions from a the book -Transcription from Historic Houses of New Jersey By Weymer Jay Mills .J. B. Lippincott Company – written in 1902 = The original words provide a unique glimpse of the people and early times in New Jersey Parker […]
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 new home construction put on by the Birmingham Association of Home Builders in 1965. Many […]