When Oklahoma contractors started work on Emerson High School they never expected to stumble across this. As they removed chalkboards, to make way for new whiteboards, they found doodles and lesson plans from 1917, as if frozen in time.
On one board was a wheel used to teach multiplication, a technique that Emerson High Principal, Sherry Kishore, says she has never seen in her life.
A spokesperson for the school distract says they are working with the city to preserve … Keep Reading!!!
Have you ever wondered how car seats have evolved over time? “Our parents didn’t use car seats” pops up in just about every discussion on car seats. Surprisingly, car seats actually date back to the 1930s
The first car seat was made in 1933, from a burlap sack, and hung over the headrest of the seat. It was made by the Bunny Bear Company. This one is currently up for grabs on ebay. These were not … Keep Reading!!!
Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project discovered 31 rolls of film shot over seven decades ago by an American WWII soldier.
Bettwieser explains that by helping reveal what has been hidden/lost so long ago, we are aiding in honoring the person who captured those turbulent and bittersweet moments. A powerful statement considering the soldier who took the photographs in the 31 rolls of film is still unknown.
Maria Lactans – A breastfeeding Madonna with Child has been seen throughout history as a symbol of God’s love for humanity.
Most-likely inspired by ancient Egyptian images of the goddess Isis breastfeeding a young Horus, the Maria Lactans were an integral part of Madonna iconography from 1100-1550 CE.
Here are some of my favorite Maria Lactans:
This image was taken at the Ideal Home Exhibition in Olympia, London on March 24, 1930.
They gave it their best shot, but lucky for us the artists were quite off the mark when it came to the future of infant nurseries. (Is it just me or does that crib look like a spaceship casket? Thanks, but I’ll pass!)
February 19th marks seventy-two years since President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066. A response to Pearl Harbor, it authorized the army to designate military zones from which they could exclude any person deemed a threat. Beginning in March 1942, they did just that: about 120,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and “evacuated,” first to temporary “assembly centers” (where families often found themselves living in hastily-converted parking lots or horse stables) and then to ten concentration … Keep Reading!!!
Draco is known today as one of the earliest Greek Politicians. He is also known for being so popular that it killed him.
Draco was loved so much that when the public saw him they threw clothing items, like hats and cloaks, at him, which was considered a sign of honor. At one event, the people honored Draco to the point of asphyxiation. Draco was smothered to death under the massive pile of clothes thrown to … Keep Reading!!!
Margaret Corbin and her husband, John Corbin, fought in the American Revolutionary War, along with 600 American soldiers against Hessian troops under British command. Their group only possessed two cannons, and Margaret and John operated one of of them!
Margaret’s job was to swab out the cannon between firings and help John load its cannon ball.
Unfortunately, John was killed by enemy fire but Margaret, being the true soldier she was, immediately took over his place at the cannon … Keep Reading!!!
An illustruation depicting a mother breastfeeding her child artificially with the device of Dr. Auvard : inset, the device of Dr Bailly.
From the late 1800s.
A sharecropper mother teaching children numbers and the alphabet in her Louisiana home.
Photo taken in January 1939.… Keep Reading!!!
We often speak about child labor as if it was a dark part of our US history in the early 20th century, but it is important to know this is still happening today.
The video below gives one heartbreaking example.
(Off topic: watch beginning of video for this – “You can put blueberries in almost anything that women cook.” – I guess you cannot put blueberries in almost anything men cook… )
And here is what early 20th … Keep Reading!!!
The worst experience for me was missing my mother and the feeling that you are completely alone… and that was the most difficult.
Lydia Maksymowicz, a child Survivor of Auschwitz explains what life was like in the concentration camp.
One of the most heartbreaking moments in her retelling of her story was the mention of the pregnant women who gave birth to their babies; they were immediately taken from their mothers and either drowned or given a … Keep Reading!!!