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?
Our vote for Best in Show at tonight’s Westminster Dog Show:
"Dance stars lead dog’s life! —Dumpsie and Waffles in hectic rehearsals for big revue."
From: Universal News Volume 3, Release 7 #1-10, January 19, 1931
The Beatles ham it up during a press conference following their arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, on their first visit to the United States 50 years ago today on February 7, 1964.
This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America
On this day, fifty years ago, the Beatles landed at New York City’s recently renamed John F. Kennedy airport. Here’s the report from Universal, complete with John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s trademark charm, screaming teenagers, and a condescending narrator that clearly does not take these Liverpudlians (or their fans) seriously.
From the release sheet:
QUICK, FRED, THE FLIT: There are rumors around that this is Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party. You guessed it … the Beatles have arrived in the United States for their first appearance before an idolizing teen-age crowd, with the St. Vitus bounce. They take an airing in Central Park. No. There is no truth to the buzz that the Zoo’s laughing hyena was driven underground.
THE PERSHING MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM IS THE SCENE OF LINCOLN’S 33RD ANNUAL SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL, 05/1973
Comes from Environmental Protection Agency
Grab a partner and do-si-do, it’s International Square Dancing Month.
It’s also the last weekend to catch the “Searching for the Seventies: the DOCUMERICA Photography Project” exhibit!
It closes Sunday September 8, 2013, at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
AUGUST BRINGS THE “D’AUG DAYS” TO FOUNTAIN SQUARE. “D’AUG DAYS” IS A MONTH LONG FESTIVAL OF ARTS PRESENTED TO, FOR, AND SOMETIMES BY, THE PEOPLE. MARILYN WOODS (CENTER, FACING) DANCES WITH HER CELEBRATIONS GROUP IN THE SQUARE, 08/1973
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970-)
Happy first day of August! Now we really get into the D’aug Days of Summer! Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio hosts a month long celebration of summer, including dancing as seen in this photograph.
Happy Birthday Bob Hope! The entertainer would be celebrating 110 years today.
Here, Hope and Betty Ford do a few steps to warm up during preparations for the State Dinner held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on July 7, 1976. Hope was featured during the entertainment portion of the evening.
-from the Ford Library
This evening Midshipmen Wrong and Right could be headed to the Naval Academy’s Graduation Ball in this next installment of the U.S. Navy’s vintage Dating Dos and Don’ts training film: How to Succeed with Brunettes.
In case you missed it, some background from the previous posts:
Courtesy of our colleagues in the National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab we present How to Succeed with Brunettes (1967), a film produced by the Navy that demonstrates proper dating etiquette for officers. Part of a recentaccession of military instructional films from the Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC), the somewhat dated film features wonderful music, evocative of its era, and a fair bit of comedy, both intentional and unintentional.
What’s up, Doc?
75 years ago a prototypical “Wascally Wabbit” debuted in Porky’s Hare Hunt, although Bugs Bunny would not make his first official appearance in a more familiar form until 1940.
Footage from “Bond Rally, 1941.” Excerpted from Uncle Sam Speaks, ca. 1987, a compilation of U.S. savings bond and stamp promotions by celebrities used in a National Archives and Records Administration exhibit entitled “Uncle Sam Speaks: Posters and Broadsides.”
(Image of Bugs Bunny copyrighted by Warner Bros.)
Happy International Dance Day!
Carmencita, Spanish Dance, 03/1894
William Heise, cinematographer. William Dickson, producer. From the Motion Picture Films series of the Thomas Armat Collection
Likely the oldest motion picture in the National Archives’ holdings, this Kinetoscope is one of the first films produced by Edison Studios. (A longer clip is available on the National Archives’ YouTube Channel.)
Inauguration Fact: The inaugural ball tradition began with the first inauguration, held in New York.
It was unofficial, and President Washington attended alone—his wife had not yet arrived in New York.
Dolley Madison planned the first official ball, held for her husband President James Madison in Long’s Hotel in Washington, DC. Guests paid four dollars to attend.
During Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency, the inaugural balls were canceled to preserve the solemnity of the day. Franklin D. Roosevelt brought back the tradition with an official inauguration ball in 1933, but the war would make the following balls more subdued. In 1949, President Truman began the tradition of multiple balls so that more people could participate and see the President and First Lady.
Image: President William Jefferson Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Dancing at the Tennessee Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, 01/20/1997, ARC 5950246, Clinton Presidential Library.
Congress in the Archives will feature monthly staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Jacqie Ferry.
Grab your partner and do-si-do. Today is National Square Dance Day! In the early 1970s, aficionados of American square dance came together in support of a series of House joint resolutions to designate square dance as the national folk dance of the United States. Regional square dance organizations and local dance clubs such as the UC Squares of California; the Do-C-Do Square Dance Club of Poughkeepsie, New York; the Merry Mixers of Grangeville, Idaho; and the Surf Twirlers of Santa Cruz, California, gathered thousands of signatures in support of the legislation. Sadly for these square dancers the House joint resolutions were never passed. And while November 29 is now widely celebrated as Square Dance Day, it has never been officially designated as such by Congress. But don’t let that stop you from swinging your partner round and round in celebration of this uniquely American dance.
Letter from UC Squares of California, circa 1972, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Gravity-defier, Performer & Patent Holder
Pop singer Michael Jackson was born on August 29 in 1958. Jackson was not only a performer but also a patent holder. Jackson was granted patent 5,255,452 for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” That’s right—his famous leaning move in “Smooth Criminal” was made possible by a device he created to insert in his shoe. You can read the full story and see more drawings from his patent application here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=2574
Tap, Ball Tap, Hop, Shuffle, Tap!
National Tap Dance Day is celebrated every year on May 25th, which is the birthday of American Tap Dancer and actor, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Poston, Arizona. A young evacuee of Japanese ancestry entertains her fellow evacuees with a demonstration of her tap dancing ability. This was one number in an outdoor musical show.
Francis Stewart, photographer. From the Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority