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Bikini Atoll: the sad, outrageous nuclear semi-wasteland of the Pacific.

Smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is a very beautiful but very sad place called Bikini Atoll. A ring of coral reefs and small sandy islands … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Donald Duck and Wartime Propaganda

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 9th of June 1934, Donald Duck debuted in Disney’s The Wise Little Hen, which was part of the Silly…

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 37: Kennedy’s coconut from the PT-109 incident.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this paperweight is actually a hardened, almost petrified coconut with a message scratched into its surface. The message reads “NAURO ISL…COMMANDER…NATIVE KNOWS … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 36: Wooden “Mein Kampf” cover.

The frightening emblem on the cover of this wooden box should be recognizable to anyone with even a passing interest in history. The SS or Schutzstaffel was one of the most … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Oh, Ashley!: The mysterious fate of BOAC Flight 777.

Seventy-one years ago today, on June 1, 1943, a DC-3 traveling under the designation BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) flight 777 was shot down by eight German fighters over the Bay … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Winds of Change, New York City 1945-46

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(New York City. Sometimes referred to as the Wonder City or the City of Tomorrow.) Every year millions of migrating…

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane, had its premiere in New York City. The film…

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Walpurgisnacht fable: the seductive myth of Nazi occultism.

Sixty-nine years ago today, on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the ruins of Berlin. This act effectively ended the Nazi regime and World War … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 10 Comments

A jazzy interlude: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” by Harry James. [audio/video]

I’ve had this very old song in my head for several days now, not knowing precisely who performed it or how old it was, so last night I went searching … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Battle L.A.: the night the Japanese raided California. Or did they?

Seventy-two years ago tonight, on February 24, 1942, air raid sirens began to wail across southern California. Air raid wardens quickly rushed to their posts and the San Fernando Valley, … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 2 Comments
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