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These two live in a big new housing project. Big brother near the East River.

An avid amateur photographer, Indiana University alumnus Charles Weever Cushman was born on this day in 1896. Over the span of 32 years, ranging from1938 to 1969, Charles Cushman took thousands of photographs covering his many travels across America and over the world. He bequeathed over 14,000 color kodachrome slides to his alma mater, Indiana University.  The collection can be viewed online by visiting the Charles W. Cushman Collection online at  Indiana University’s Digital Library or the IMLS Digitial Collections & Content photostream on Flickr.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1919, the year of the Black Sox Scandal

Today, July 16th, is the 122nd birthday of Joseph Jefferson Jackson (1888-1951), a.k.a. Shoeless Joe, the (in)famous Major League Baseball (MLB) player: famous for being one of baseball’s alltime great outfielders, and infamous for being one of eight players implicated in the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, in which members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to fix the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. While ultimately acquitted by a Chicago jury, the MLB banned Joe from play after the 1920 season. Baseball lore says that as Jackson was leaving the courthouse of the Black Sox trial, a young boy begged of him, “Say it ain’t so, Joe”, to which Joe didn’t  respond. The photo of Shoeless Joe in uniform, above, comes from the Library of Congress’ Bain Collection.

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"To Aristides" broadside

1804 broadside on emigration, courtesy Library of Congress

Yesterday, July 11th, marked the 206th anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel of 1804, in which U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in the culmination of a longstanding personal and political dispute. The duel, which catalyzed the anti-dueling movement in the U.S., is also recognized as the last skirmish between the Federalist and Democratic-republican parties. Published in the same year, and directed at a pamphleteer advocating for Burr (who was then engaged in the 1804 gubernatorial race for New York), the acerbic broadside above captures some of the Federalist/Democratic-republican rancor that came to a head in the Burr-Hamilton duel. Download the most legible version of this broadside (and then, for kicks, count the number of times its author uses the word “scurrilous”!) by clicking on this link, “Highest Resolution Image (TIFF – 13,291K)“, from the Library of Congress’ “An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera” collection.

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Lacey V. Murrow posing at the entrance to the Lake Washington Bridge, Seattle, 1940

The Lake Washington Floating Bridge is opened. At the time it opened the Lake Washington Floating Bridge was the longest floating bridge in the world. Today it is the second longest floating bridge in the world; its 6,620 ft (2,020 m) length is exceeded only by the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge constructed a few miles north on Lake Washington in 1963. The original bridge, designed by Peter John Jensen, sunk in a storm during renovations on November 25, 1990. It was rebuilt in 1993 and re-named the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge in honor of CBS commentator Edward R. Murrow’s eldest brother. As well as being a highly decorated World War II veteran, Lacey V. Murrow was the second Director of the Washington State Highway Department.

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