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Below are posted some of the vibrant color photographs from the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection, which have recently gained a lot of interest in the IMLSDCC Ringling Brothers Circus Flickr photo set.

Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed a large collection of Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time Mr. Cushman extensively documented the United States as well as other countries. This collection was digitized by Indiana University’s Digital Library Program with the cooperation of the Indiana University Archives.

The Ringling Brothers Circus set of images on Flickr depicts several trips Mr. Cushman made to Ringling Brothers’ Circus in 1940’s and 1950’s.

Mr. Cushman and his works are a niche subject area within the greater Flickr community. Not only is there a Flickr group dedicated Cushman’s work (http://www.flickr.com/groups/cushman/) but there are numerous photostreams that contain interpretations of his works:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/m500/sets/72157603659174412/,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevindanks/sets/72157617595340032/,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seemann/sets/46271/,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emanistan/2683587810/.

Ringling Circus Elephant Tail up! Chicago (Chicago, 1949)


German team with Ringling Circus: Two young German girls in head-on-hand balancing act (1950)


Chicago Clown Lou Jacobs (1951)

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The University of Georgia, the first public university in the United States, was founded 225 years ago, on January 27, 1785.

The item below is courtesy of University of Georgia centennial alumni catalog, 1901 digital collection. This collection consists of scanned images of 1,749 biographical sketches of University of Georgia students prior to 1901 that were collected to celebrate 100 years of classes at the Athens campus. Although the word “alumni” was used, the project attempted to collect biographical data about anyone who matriculated at the University during that first century, whether or not they graduated.
To view this biographical sketch in its entirety, please click on the image of its first page below.

Biographical sketch of Charles Thomas Abercrombie (1823-1876), from the University of Georgia centennial alumni catalog (1901)

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The United Mine Workers of America was founded 120 years ago, on January 22, 1890, in Columbus, Ohio.
This example of a United Mine Workers of America union badge from Local 125, Mount Olive, Illinois, is courtesy of Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive digital collection. The badge features a celluloid bar at the top, with the UMW logo of clasped hands and the date of April 1st, 1898, advocating the 8-hour work day.

United Mine Workers of America badge (1898)

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225 years ago, on January 20, 1885, L.A. Thompson patented the roller coaster. Two photographs below, courtesy of Museum of History and Industry (Seattle), King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities digital collection, show the roller coaster in Seattle (Washington) Luna park in 1910 and 1912.

View Down the Shoots at Luna Park, Seattle, ca. 1910


Luna Park roller coaster, Seattle, ca. 1912

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On January 15, 1889, the Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
On the photograph below, courtesy of University of South Alabama Archives, AlabamaMosaic digital collection, driver Carlisle Dahmer stands in front of his Coca-Cola delivery truck outside the S. H. Kress Dime Store in Mobile, Alabama, the 1940s, when Coke came in glass bottles.

Coca-Cola truck, Mobile, Alabama (1940s)

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On January 9, 1793, the first balloon was flied in the United States. Over 70 years later, in 1865, balloons were first brought into the U.S. Army by the Signal Corps. This photograph, courtesy of Lake County Discovery Museum’s collection shows a military observation balloon which belongs to the Ohio National Guard and is used by the Field Artillery at El Paso, Texas, in 1917.

Military Observation Baloon (1917)

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On January 6, 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th U.S. state.
The photograph below is courtesy of University of New Mexico, Center for Southwestern Research, William A. Keleher Collection, one of the twenty-two New Mexican digital collections that have been recently added to Opening History aggregation.
This photo was taken by Roy A. Stamm in October 1913 and became one of the first aerial views of the Southwest.

Aerial photo of Albuquerque, NM, 1913

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