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Earth Day — a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment — is held on April 22 in many countries of the world.
In United States, Earth Day was first observed nationwide 40 years ago, on April 22, 1970. A number of activities marked the Earth Day in 1970, including rallies, speeches, and educational exhibits. The photograph below, courtesy of King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities digital collection, documents a more active response, as students at Seattle Central Community College destroy an automobile as the symbol of air pollution.

Students overturning car in Earth Day demonstration outside Seattle Community College, Seattle, 1970

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The Works Progress Administration was formed 75 years ago, on April 8, 1935, when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 became law.

The Opening History aggregation includes seven digital collections related to the Works Progress Administration:

  • 1. WPA TVA Archaeological Photograph Archive,
    2. WPA Maps Digital Archive,
    3. Education by Design: Educational Visual Aids from the Bienes Center’s WPA Museum Extension Project Collection,
    4. WPA Cards Digital Archive,
    5. Louisiana State Museum W.P.A. French Quarter Architectural Record,
    6. Louisiana Works Progress Administration Collection, and
    7. By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
  • as well as a variety of digitized items focusing on WPA in a number of other digital collections.

    The photograph below, courtesy of Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, part of a larger King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities digital collection, shows WPA picketers outside the Seattle Chamber of Commerce protesting against nationwide layoffs of WPA workers in 1937 due to reduced funding from Congress.

    Demonstrators with signs outside Seattle Chamber of Commerce during WPA strike, Seattle, 1937

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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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    120 years ago, on November 11, 1889, Washington Territory, which had existed since 1853, was admitted to the Union and became the 42nd U.S. state.
    The two images below — a lantern slide and a bird’s-eye view — picture Seattle (the largest city of Washington Territory) and Mt. Vernon (one of the Territory’s smaller towns) shortly before admission to the Union. Seattle was incorporated 20 years, and Mt. Vernon only 4 months before the Washington Territory became Washington state. Images courtesy of King County Snapshots digital collection and Western Waters Digital Library.

    Horse-drawn streetcar at Front Street and James, Seattle, ca. 1887

    Horse-drawn streetcar at Front Street and James, Seattle, ca. 1887

    Mt. Vernon, Washington territory (1889)

    Mt. Vernon, Washington territory (1889)

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    Car in St. Patrick's Day parade, Seattle, March 1936

    Car in St. Patrick's Day parade, Seattle, March 1936


    Photograph of a car in St. Patrick’s Day parade, Seattle, Washington, March 1936.
    Courtesy of Museum of History & Industry’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, which is part of a larger King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities collection.
    More information about collection from Opening History aggregation.
    If you are interested in the history of St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Washington state, take a look at this Washington State Library’s blog post

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