Happy Fourth of July!
238 years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. And John Adams envisioned future celebrations of the event. In a letter to his wife, he wrote: “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It out to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward for ever more.”
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
Happy Canada Day to our Neighbors to the North!
"FISH-EYE" CAMERA VIEW OF UNITED STATES-CANADA BOUNDARY LINE ON RAINBOW BRIDGE, WHICH SPANS THE NIAGARA RIVER JUST BELOW THE FALLS. THE BRIDGE JOINS NEW YORK STATE AND THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, 05/1973
Photograph from the EPA’s Documerica series
Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere - both the very new and the somewhat experienced!
CLEARED LAND ON OHIO KEY, WITH A SECTION OF THE OVERSEAS HIGHWAY IN THE BACKGROUND. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD, LAND HAS BEEN CLEARED TO MAKE ROOM FOR A “TRAVEL-TRAILER” CAMP. THIS SMALL KEY HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE YEARS SINCE RACHEL CARSON CAMPED HERE TO DO RESEARCH FOR HER BOOK, THE EDGE OF THE SEA (1955), 06/1973
Did you notice today’s Google Doodle dedicated to pioneering marine biologist and author Rachel Carson? This DOCUMERICA photo from 1973 shows changes to Florida’s Ohio Key, one of the areas studied for Carson’s 1955 book The Edge of the Sea.
"Jim Walters, naturalist for Everglades National Park studies nesting habits of loggerhead turtles, 08/1972"
Fred Ward, photographer. From the series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972 - 1977
World Turtle Day is celebrated every May 23 to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.
It’s Earth Day!
"City farmers" tend their gardens in the Fenway administered by the Fenway Civic Association. Four hundred twenty-five gardens are tilled on these five acres in metropolitan Boston, 04/1973.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities” and the gardeners of Boston’s Fenway Victory Gardens have been at it since 1942! (We wonder if cityofbostonarchives has any other photos from these historic gardens…)
Happy Birthday Natural Bridges National Monument!
Natural Bridges was Utah’s first National Monument when it was a designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 16, 1908.
SIPAPU BRIDGE, WHITE CANYON. NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT, 05/1972
Happy 110th Birthday, Times Square!
Originally named Longacre Square, it was officially renamed Times Square on April 8, 1904 in honor of the New York Times.
Snapshots of the “Crossroads of the World” from the 1910s, 1940s, 1970s, 1980s and 2000s:
- New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square., 08/14/1945. National Archives Identifier: 520697
- A view of the neon lights of Broadway. The United Services Organization (USO) GEN Douglas MacArthur Memorial Center, located in Times Square at 45th Street and Broadway…01/01/1983. National Archives Identifier: 6367334
- Peace rumor, New York. Crowd at Times Square holding up Extras telling about the signing of the Armistice. The Government report that the news was not true did not stop the celebration. National Archives Identifier: 533477
- TIMES SQUARE, 08/1973. National Archives Identifier: 554298
- Sailors attached to USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) gather together for an impromptu group shot while on liberty in Times Square during Fleet Week 2002.05/22/2002. National Archives Identifier: 6640589
- V-J Day in New York City. Crowds gather in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan., 08/15/1945. National Archives Identifier: 531350
Happy 105th Birthday Queensboro Bridge! (aka the 59th Street Bridge, Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge)
Construction on this cantilever bridge began in 1901 and opened to the public on March 30, 1909. The bridge connects Long Island City, Queens with Manhattan at 59th and 60th streets. In 2010 it was renamed in honor of former New York City mayor Ed Koch.
THIS IS THE 59TH STREET BRIDGE SEEN FROM THE EAST SIDE DRIVE MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY. THE INNER CITY TODAY IS AN ABSOLUTE CONTRADICTION TO THE MAIN STREAM AMERICA OF GAS STATIONS EXPRESSWAYS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND TRACT HOMES. IT IS POPULATED BY BLACKS, LATINS AND THE WHITE POOR. THIS PROJECT IS A PORTRAIT OF THE INNER CITY ENVIRONMENT OF PEOPLE AND STRUCTURES, 08/1974
"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"
"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"
Baby New Year 1973
AT CALGGETT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL—WALTER SOLON MOYER III, THE FIRST BABY OF THE NEW YEAR, AND HIS MOTHER, 01/1973
Baby Walter would now be 41 years old. Happy Birthday!
Everglades National Park Established December 6, 1947
The park was established to conserve the natural landscape and prevent further degradation of its land, plants, and animals in southern Florida. Today Everglades National Park is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
Chokoloskee Rookery In Everglades National Park, 07/1972
Fred Ward, photographer.
From the series - DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
Happy Alaska Day!
Photograph of View toward Worthington Glacier, 08/1974
Original caption: View west parallel to pipeline alignment toward Worthington Glacier which descends from 6,000-foot-high peaks almost to the Richardson Highway. The pipeline will be pushed through dense forest like that seen here prior to crossing the Richardson Highway and Tsina river for the second time in seven miles. Mile 749, near the Alaska pipeline route.
Photograph from the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
On October 18, 1867, the United States officially took possession of the territory of Alaska, having agreed to purchase it from Russia for 7.2 Million Dollars. Alaska would become the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
The #DOCUMERICA Exhibit closes TODAY, September 8 at the National Archives!
Spring Roundup of Paiute-Owned Cattle begins at Sutcliffe Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, Coralling and Branding is Done in Five Stages around Pyramid Lake, Posing for the Photographer , 06/1973
Peace out Searching for the Seventies: DOCUMERICA Photography Project.
Tomorrow is the last day for this exhibit. We at the National Archives hope you can stop by before it is too late!
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.