The “Hello Girls”
"American telephone girls on arrival for "hello" duty in France. They all can speak both English and French., 03/1918"
During World War I, over 400 women were enrolled in the U.S. Army Signal Corps to operate telephone* switchboards in France. Despite the sometimes hazardous conditions of their service, they were denied veterans status after the war ended. It would take 60 years until a bill was signed by President Carter granting them veterans status in 1978.
Read more about the “Hello Girls” at the Signal Corps “Regimental” History Site - The Hello Girls
* Today is also the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent for “Improvements in Telegraphy”, aka the telephone.
Mickey’s future home
This aerial photograph from March 1, 1954, shows the Lake Buena Vista area southwest of Orlando, Florida. Seventeen years after this photo was taken, the area would be transformed from mostly swampland into the home of the Disney World theme park complex. Today, this landscape has changed drastically as part of the theme park’s 28,000 acres. The lake’s southern and eastern shoreline, in the upper left corner of the photograph, has retained much of its shape since the development of the area.
Aerial Photograph of Disney World, 03/01/1954
From the series: Aerial Photography of the Soil Conservation Service, compiled 1934 - 1954; Records of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1875 - 2002
Happy Birthday to Photographer Ansel Adams!
2/20/1902 - 4/22/1984
“Visit to the National Archives by the famous American photographer, Ansel Adams, to look at some of his work in the Still Picture Branch, September 10, 1979″ (64-MISC-1-5)
Not only does the National Archives hold a series of his photos taken for the National Park Service (we’ve featured several in the past), but the renowned photographer also visited the Archives in person on several occasions.
"Officers and guests lunch under giant cactus near Fort Thomas, Arizona." February 18, 1886
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
"Members of the Nation’s first Negro Navigation Cadets, who will receive their commissions in the Army Air Forces on February 26th, visited City Hall as guests of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia this afternoon. They are shown on the steps of City Hall as the mayor greeted their commanding officer, Maj. Galen B. Price.", 02/16/1944
Love in the Archives?
A few of our colleagues get in the mood for St. Valentine’s Day, circa 1975:
"Photograph of St. Valentine’s Day Hop on the Mezzanine Level of the National Archives, 1975"
While Library Valentines are all the rage, we haven’t seen too many Archival-themed ones. Here’s a couple to get started:
- "Let’s declassify our love."
- "You’ve been accessioned by my heart."
- "We belong in the same record group."
Pretty cheesy — but we know Tumblr can do better. Maybe you can warm the Archives’ cold marble heart?
Photograph of Marines on Training Maneuvers, 02/13/1944
The Marine Corps perfected the over-the-beach assault during the island-hopping campaigns of World War II. The Marines honed their skills through many practice landings like the one shown in this February 13, 1944, photograph.
One hundred years ago on February 12, 1914, Abraham Lincoln’s 105th birthday, the cornerstone was laid on the Lincoln Memorial. A little more than eight years later it was completed and dedicated on May 30, 1922 with President Lincoln’s son, 79 year old Robert Todd Lincoln, attending the ceremony.
Photograph of the Abraham Lincoln Statue Installation in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., 1920
Abraham Lincoln, congressman, patent holder, and sixteenth President of the United States was born 205 years ago on February 12, 1809.
All images from the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes.
Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 - February 10, 2014)
Today we remember Shirley Temple. During her early years as an actress, Shirley visited with the Roosevelts at the White House and in Hollywood. In her March 19, 1938 “My Day” column, Eleanor Roosevelt had this to say about Shirley:
Our first visit was to Shirley Temple, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting before and who is, without exception, one of the most charming children I know. She is simple and unaffected and accepts the inevitable photographers and her as naturally as if this was the way every little girl lived her life
While visiting the White House in June 1938, Shirley presented FDR with a “Shirley Temple Police” Badge. She signed her letter from “Chief Shirley Temple.”
In July of 1938, Shirley and her parents visited Hyde Park for a picnic. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote all about the day in her July 11, 1938 “My Day” column.
Female Factory Office Workers Volunteering to Pack Bandages for the American Red Cross, New Britain, Connecticut, 02/10/1919
From the series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs
"Flashlight photo 6 P.M. going home from King Mfg. Co. Two of the smallest boys been in mill 2 years. One of the larger for 4 years. Augusta, Ga., 01/13/1909"