2,000 Pages of Love Letters
We’re pleased to announce that the Truman Library has finished scanning and describing all the letters that they have that Harry wrote to Bess before they were married. That’s 386 letters, over 2,000 pages!
Here’s page one of a letter from September 30, 1917, shortly after Truman arrived in Oklahoma to begin his training for World War I. You can see the rest of the letter, and find more at the Truman Presidential Library.
It’s National Coffee Day - Marines break for rest and coffee during a lull in the fighting on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands:
Help Clean up for National Public Lands Day!
Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine
These haunting child labor photos are only a fraction of the thousands taken by investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine, born one hundred and forty years ago on September 26, 1874. Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform. In 1908 he was hired as the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) and spent a decade documenting child labor in American industry to aid the NCLC’s lobbying efforts to end the practice. Hine worked tirelessly, staying out at all hours to capture images of children working on city streets, or bluffing his way into mills and factories where he would not have been welcome otherwise.
Other examples of Hine’s work can be found in his series of photographs for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), documenting life in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, and for the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) National Research Project, highlighting changes in industry and their effect on employment:
MAD Magazine Issue #1: A National Comic Book Day & Banned Books Week Two-for-One
From the series: Committee Papers, 1816 - 2011. Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011.
The National Archives has a copy of issue #1 of MAD magazine. This copy of the famous satirical comic book is a permanent federal record, and was submitted to a Senate subcommittee on juvenile delinquency as evidence of comics’ corrupting influence on young people.
For three days, experts testified on whether or not comic books were “printed poison” for young people. The hearings created so much bad press for the comics industry that it created the Comics Code Authority to self-regulate the content of their comic books.
MAD's publisher, EC Comics, would eventually reformat the publication as a magazine in order to avoid the CCA restrictions.
What’s your favorite Banned Comic Book?
#DCFashionWeek Opens Tonight at usnatarchives! Don’t forget that Perfect Hat!
In New York, creations of the country’s foremost milliners for the November to January season are previewed. Ranging from chic miniature pillboxes to resplendent toques and turbans, the mood is appropriately festive.
"Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
From the series: World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945
Banned Books Week is September 21 - 27, 2014
From the series: Albatross Cruises from the West Indies through the Strait of Magellan then North to California and along the West Coast to Alaska, 1887 - 1893. Records of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In 1887, the U.S. Fish Commission sent the steamer Albatross on a three-year voyage to explore fishing grounds and gather data on the commercial fishing industry in the northeastern Pacific and Bering Sea. On a stop in Tacoma, Washington, its photographer captured these proud crewmen from the Oscar and Hattie showing off their catch.
London designers show Fall Fashions in this 1967 Universal News clip. Featured are capes, high collars, and highway-robber outfits, complete with mask and two flint-guns. More practical options include black tunics and long, V-necked white wools for evening.
To read more about the fashion in this news reel, visit the Unwritten Record blog.
"Jenny on the job - Wears styles designed for Victory"
"Jenny on the Job" was a series of posters issued by the Public Health Services in 1943 created by artist Kula Robbins. This specific poster is titled "Jenny on the Job - Wears styles designed for victory", depicting what women working in the factories and around machines were expected to wear.
In today’s Pieces of History post, you can read more about how women’s pivotal role in the workforce during WWII greatly influence the fashion trends of the decade.
National Archives Identifier: 514684.
Happy National Teddy Bear Day! Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman is credited with introducing the teddy bear into the American vernacular after President Theodore Roosevelt famously refused to shoot an old, haggard bear during a hunting trip. Berryman changed the old bear into a cute, cuddly “teddy bear”—named for the President—and it became a common symbol in Berryman’s cartoons.
This self-portrait shows Berryman’s “signature style” in the exhibit “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” on display in the National Archives Museum’s O’Brien Gallery through January 4, 2015.
“Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with the generous support of Lead Sponsor AT&T. Major additional support provided by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family and members of the Board of the Foundation for the National Archives.
Image: "Self-Portrait of Clifford Berryman, 1904"
This Week in Universal News: Pierre Cardin’s Winter Fashion Preview, 1967:
FASHIONS Pierre Cardin shows his winter fashions at Versailles. Coats are of thick, woven wool; evening dresses show a lot of sequins; and there’s even a space-age cocktail dress!
It’s International #LiteracyDay!
"To the Bookmobile!"
"Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed."
The Vermont Bookwagon is ready to move out!
Excerpted from “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries:
"Chicago, Illinois-Mechanical aids to new habits of drinking are demonstrated by pretty misses in costumes especially designed for the cocktail hour. The scene at the end of the clip shows a woman wearing a dress with the names of different liquors, or literally a cocktail dress.”
This short newsreel definitely captures the fun, carefree nature of the Roaring 20s & 30s!
National Archives Identifier: 100520
More on this “refreshing” newsreel at: The Unwritten Record » This Week in Universal News: New Cocktail Gadgets, 1935