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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

November 30, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: History |

“Into the Valley of Death” Okinawa, 1945

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17 Brilliantly Colorized Historical Photos

November 20, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: History |

A German soldier with a saw tooth bayonet stands in a dugout wearing his brow plate slid down to his neck, World War I

Presumably, this would allow him to keep the weight off his head until he raised it to place it over his helmet lugs. The saw tooth bayonet was a weapon considered to be too brutal in an already barbaric war. When plunged into the victim, it caused severe pain, also pulling out the victim’s insides when removed. Therefore, any prisoners captured with this version of bayonet were immediately executed. 

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

October 26, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: History |

David Isom, 19, broke the color line in a segregated pool in Florida on June 8, 1958, which resulted in officials closing the facility

The most dramatic step in the civil rights arena came in 1955, when six African Americans sued the city government to end segregation at downtown bathing sites. Both Spa Beach and the indoor pool at the Spa… were reserved for whites only. A beach for people of color was situated a few blocks south on Tampa Bay. Referred to as the “South Mole,” marked with signs proclaiming “colored only,” the piece of sand was near the terminus of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad tracks and was also used as a storage site by the city. Rubble cluttered the beach, and bathhouse facilities were small. On April 1, 1957, the Supreme Court ruled [in favor of the six African-Americans who had sued the government]… In theory, the swimming spots were now open; in practice, they remained closed to African Americans…

On June 8, 1958, nineteen-year-old David Isom, a recent graduate of Gibbs High School, swam at the Spa pool, adjacent the beach. “I feel that it’s not a privilege, just a right,” Isom said. The cashier who sold Isom a thirty-five-cent admission ticket said she had orders to treat Isom “like any other citizen” About forty-five white people already were in the pool when Isom entered. They paid little attention to Isom, and Isom said he was treated politely by everyone present. Tommy Chinnis, the head lifeguard on duty, said the youth “was like everyone else.” Nonetheless, when Isom left after about twenty minutes in the pool area, pool manager John Gough tacked up a “closed” sign on the entrance. Gough said he was acting on orders from Windom “because a Negro has used the facilities.”

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

September 28, 2017 | 9 Comments » | Topics: History |

Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the only surviving member of the Frank family revisiting the attic they spent the war in, May 3, 1960

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