Minidoka Relocation Center. These two boys are rapidly developing a love for a sport which is entirely new to them…sledding. Teshie Boi (Left), Henry Kumasaka (R). 12/09/1942
Francis Stewart, photographer. From the series: Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority
Two boys trying to make the best out of life while in a Japanese-American internment camp. A snowday find submitted to us via twitter:
— Noriko (@apacurator)March 3, 2014
A civically-minded Mr. DC does his part to clear the snow as Washington digs out from a similar storm 92 years ago.
Just a reminder that All National Archives buildings in the Washington, DC, area are closed today, Thursday, February 13.
Keep informed about the operating status of Federal agencies in Washington, DC, area through the OPM website.
Stay safe out there!
Due to weather in the DC-area, our research rooms and the Museum at the National Archives are CLOSED today.
Also closed: The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives at Philadelphia, the National Archives at New York, and the National Archives at Atlanta.
Heavy Snowfall in D.C. by Clifford Berryman (6011710), 1/31/1922, U.S. Senate Collection
This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963
MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t on an even keel in Germany. They’ve taught a Chimp to Skate and he’s a real swinger! After some tricks “Archibald” leads a Conga that proves he’s a real gay blade with quite a line figure-8-atively.
Excerpted from: Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 5
Watch the complete newsreel, featuring the Mona Lisa’s visit to Washington, D.C. and the swearing-in ceremonies of Ted Kennedy and Daniel Inouye, as well as other stories.
Universal Newsreels were shown in movie theaters twice a week, from 1929 until 1967, and covered a wide range of American life and history during that time period. In 1974, Universal deeded its collection to the United States through the National Archives and is one of our most used motion picture collections. Learn more about the Universal Newsreel Collection in this post and in this Prologue article. Watch other Universal Newsreels in our research room, in OPA, and on this playlist.
Ready to Hit the Slopes?
Approaching top of hill by ski tow. 1940-1941.
Taken in the vicinity of the Huron-Manistee National Forests (Michigan). From the Historic Photographs file of the Forest Service’s Eastern Region
The first rope tow ski lift in the United States began operation on January 28, 1934 outside Woodstock, Vermont.
Photograph of Winter Scene Along Pike Bay Loop Road, 01/1939
It is a chilly day in Washington, DC, is it cold in your neck of the woods?
On January 27, 1776, former bookseller Henry Knox arrived at George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 60 tons of captured artillery to use in the liberation of Boston from British forces. Knox had masterminded the removal and transportation of the guns from Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York, through 300 miles of sparsely populated terrain in the dead of winter.
Hauling guns by ox teams from Fort Ticonderoga for the siege of Boston, 1775
It’s the first day of winter! Can you believe? We know, we can’t either! Today we are featuring a cartoon by Jim Berryman, son of Clifford Berryman, called All in the Point of View. In this cartoon, Berryman humorously highlights the differing points of view on winter snow. While on one day you might enjoy the beautiful snow on Washington’s monuments, your view changes considerably when trying to dig your car out the next day. Here’s hoping that none of you have to dig your cars out of the “drifted snow and shimmering ice” this winter!
All in the Point of View by Jim Berryman, 12/2/1928, U.S. Senate Collection (ARC 6011977)
"Don’t Shiver Next Winter…Order Coal Now!", 1941 - 1945
Are you ready for winter? Less common now, coal is still used to heat many homes, but what kind of fuel do you use for heat? Natural gas? Wood pellets? Geothermal?