Today is International Children’s Book Day!
Since 1967, the celebration has been held on the same day as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.
This photograph shows children lining up for books at the Taos County bookmobile project while it was visiting a school in Prado, New Mexico. Irving Rusinow, a colleague of Dorothea Lange in the Office Bureau of Agricultural Economics, took the photo in December of 1941.
What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
"Taos County, New Mexico. Children line up for books when Taos County project bookmobile visits school at Prado." 12/1941.
Irving Rusinow, photographer. From the Photographic Prints File of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics
This treaty, signed on February 2, 1848, ended the war between the United States and Mexico. By its terms, Mexico ceded 55 percent of its territory, including parts of present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, to the United States.
Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo [Exchange copy], 02/02/1848
EMPTY STEEL BEER AND SOFT DRINK CANS ARE BEING USED TO BUILD EXPERIMENTAL HOUSING NEAR TAOS, NEW MEXICO. DESIGNER MICHAEL REYNOLDS STANDS NEXT TO AN INTERIOR WALL IN ONE OF THE STRUCTURES THE INSIDE WALLS ARE BUILT WITH CANS IN THE POSITION SHOWN. THE OUTSIDE WALLS ARE CONSTRUCTED USING AN EIGHT CAN UNIT AS A BUILDING BLOCK. (SEE #14164) SOME 70,000 CANS ARE NEEDED TO BUILD A HOUSE WHICH REYNOLDS SAYS CAN BE BUILT AS MUCH AS 20% CHEAPER THAN CONVENTIONAL HOMES, 06/1974
David Hiser, Photographer. From the EPA Series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
This is a typewritten account of the detonation of “Trinity,” the first atomic device, on July 16, 1945, written by physicist Luis W. Alvarez, who witnessed it from a B-29 aircraft flying 24,000 feet over the site. In this report, Alvarez comments upon the detonation itself, the formation of the mushroom cloud, and the observations of the shock wave by the pilot and other passengers in the aircraft.