From “Civil War” to recent wars, “Hooverville” in Central Park NYC, poignant moments in our lives………………
Courtesy of Jim Haran (“James” when in Ireland)………………
Did any ladies reading this wear “feedsack” dresses during the Depression?
Mark Twain in Tesla’s lab, 1894
A quiet little job at a crocodile farm in St. Augustine, Florida, 1926 (UPDATE: well, an alligator farm of course, as Roy notes in the comments below)
Confederate and Union soldiers shake hands across the wall at the 1938 reunion for the Veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg
When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939
19 year-old Shigeki Tanaka was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima and went on to win the 1951 Boston Marathon. The crowd was silent as he crossed the finish line. (UPDATE: As Peter notes in the comments below, “Tanaka was not exactly “a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima” — when the bomb was dropped, he was at home, about 20 miles from the site. He saw a light and heard a distant rumble, but was personally unaffected by the bomb.”)
An abandoned baby sleeps peacefully in a drawer at the Los Angeles Police Station, 1971
Robert De Niro’s cab driver license. In order to get into character for the film Taxi Driver, he obtained his own hack license and would pick-up/drive customers around in New York City.
Ronald Reagan wearing sweatpants on Air Force One, 1985