Archive for December, 2009

A new immigration depot was opened on Ellis Island, New York, on December 31, 1891. Three photographs below, courtesy of American Missionary Association and the Promise of a Multicultural America: 1839 – 1954 digital collection, were made by Frank L. Moore in 1921 at the Ellis Island Immigration Station and show immigrants arriving on the ferry.

Group of immigrants

An anxious moment on the ferry from Ellis Island

On the ferry from Ellis Island


Read Full Post »

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), the 28th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was born in Staunton, Virginia, on December 28, 1856. The photograph below, courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society Classified Photograph Collection, shows President Woodrow Wilson presenting Victory Loan medals to Boy Scout Troop 51 at the Utah State Capitol.

Woodrow Wilson

Read Full Post »

American aviator, engineer, industrialist, film producer, film director, and philanthropist Howard Hughes (1905-1976) was born on Christmas eve, on December 24, 1905, in Texas.

Howard Hughes, 1951

The photograph above, courtesy of LA Examiner Digital Archive collection, shows Hughes in the cockpit of a plane in 1951.

Read Full Post »

On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, was published in the New York World.

The photograph below, courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division’s National Photo Company Collection, was made in 1925 and pictures a 100-years-old Ambrose Hines solving crossword puzzle.

Ambrose Hines solving crossword puzzle

Ambrose Hines, 100 yr old with crossword puzzle, 1/22/25

Read Full Post »

On December 17, 1935, the Douglas DC-3 airplane made its first flight. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II Douglas DC-3 is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.

One of the early color photographs of Douglas DC-3 in the air was made by Charles Weaver Cushman in Chicago municipal airport (now Midway Airport) in October 1941. Photograph below courtesy of Indiana University Archives / Digital Library Program, Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection.


DC-3 of Chgo & South'n Air Lines comes down to Chgo. Airport (Oct. 10, 1941)

Read Full Post »

190 years ago, On December 14, 1819, Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state.

Confederate Veterans In Huntsville, Ala., 1938

Confederate veterans in Huntsville, Ala.

The photograph above, courtesy of Alabama Mosaic digital collection, shows Confederate veterans, gathered for a reunion in 1938, posing at the corner of Franklin and Gates Street in Huntsville, Alabama, on the spot where Alabama entered the United States in 1819.
The historic sketch below, from the same digital collection, depicts the Constitution Hall in Huntsville where the decision about joining the Union was made on December 14, 1819.
Constitution Hall 1819 (Huntsville, Alabama)

Constitution Hall 1819 (Huntsville, Alabama)

Read Full Post »

December 11 is observed worldwide as International Mountain Day since 2003.
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

High Uintas mountains Kamas Lake
The photograph above, courtesy of Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library, George Beard Photograph Collection, was taken by George Beard in High Uintas mountains around Kamas Lake in Summit County, Utah, between 1900 and 1909.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »