Archive for June, 2010

Chart of the United Nations, as proposed at Dumbarton Oaks

Chart of the United Nations, as proposed at Dumbarton Oaks

Tomorrow, June 26, is the 65th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. Signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations (UN) Conference on International Organization, the Charter was ratified on October 24, 1945. The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter. The chart above, courtesy of the Teaching with Digital Content collection here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, represents an early blueprint for the organization of the UN, prepared at a conference at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., in fall of 1944. You can find more art and propaganda related to the inception of the UN and its historical context in the Summons to Comradeship: World War I and II Posters collection at the University of Minnesota. Below is a photo of Flags at United Nations Plaza in New York City, from the vibrant Charles W. Cushman Collection at Indiana University, one of the collections featured in the ever growing IMLS DCC Flickr Phosotream.

Flags at United Nations Plaza New York City

Flags at United Nations Plaza New York City - 1960 - Charles W. Cushman

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Checker Cabs

photo Checker Cab Co. p.1

Checker Cab Co. p.1, December 21, 1939

87 years ago today, on June 18, 1923, the first Checker Cab rolled off the line at the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The Checker Cab became a  national icon, renowned for its style, which remained consistent throughout the life of the company. 1982 was the final production year for Checker Cabs, and the last Checker Cab was removed from service in New York City in 1999. The photograph above, depicting a Checker Cab in 1939, comes from the Utah State Historical Society’s Shipler Commercial Photographs collection, which documents people, places and events of the Progressive Era.

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Brigham Young and his brothers

Founder of Utah and patriarch of the Mormon church Brigham Young (1801-1877) was born in Whittingham, Vermont, on June 1, 1801. Called the “American Moses,” he led thousands of religious followers across the wilderness to settle over 300 towns in the West, including Salt Lake City, Utah. On the photograph above, courtesy of Religious Education Image Archive digital collection, Brigham Young (second left) is portrayed with his brothers in 1866.
Named after him, Brigham Young Academy, which later became Brigham Young University, was opened in Provo, Utah, in 1876. The photograph below, courtesy of BYU Campus Photographs digital collection, pictures Brigham Young Academy class of 1896, and was taken in front of the Academy Building in 1893.

Brigham Young Academy class of 1896 (1893)

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