Friday, June 24, 2016


In the Paluxy River, in Glen Rose, Texas, they found human AND dinosaur footprints in the clay.

This crew was working on the Woolworth Bldg, NYC, in 1926. 

Baptism in the river. From "Appalachian Life" photographic study

A Normandy Beach landing photo they don't show in textbooks - Brave women of the Red Cross arriving in 1944 to help the injured troops, WWII.

Anthropologist, Homer Barnett, wrote in 1955 that "No one could raise a house or grave post or be married, or name his child and expect the matter to be taken seriously if his did not 'call his people' as witnesses. (Speaking of the First Nations on Quadra Island)

Sometimes guests were invited from outside the extended family to a potlatch to acknowledge the family's claims. Each guest received gifts - property and/or food. These were paid for through a complex financial system tied to the potlatch.

Barnett interviewed First Nations people in the region in the 1930's. He waaimpressed by the number of rituals the Salish people attached to life cycles.

This is what NYC looked like in the late 1800’s. 

A worker helping to build the Empire State Building in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression era.  No safety equipment used here and very dangerous work.

In desperation, the Nazis used child soldiers as fodder for front line diversionary tactics. 

The library cave. A hidden cache of 50,000 books
and rolls dating from ca. 500 to 1002 AD that were deemed heretical and hidden in the cave since the early 11th century.

When a young man's voice began to change, he would go off and live on his own in the forest for "as long as he could bear,". This was a time to seek the aid of a spiritual helper, supernatural being or animals that could bestow enhanced skills. These experiences may be repeated many times and developed courage and self-control.

It was thought that it was easier to access the spirit world at puberty than later in life. This is due to the theory that once a person became sexually active, he was no longer clean and the animals could smell him. The man could get rid of his 'human' scent by bathing repeatedly and fasting. 

"He had to dream of his spirit and receive its assurance a number of times before he knew it was his and before he dared to put faith in it," wrote Barnett "Every spirit bestowed a song as a token of the help it promised to give. It also conferred the cry of the animal...or left a feather or a scale."

A cool photo of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, in 1928.

Here is the way they parked cars in NYC during the 1930’s

A steel worker in the 1930's. No safety lines.

Atlanta in the Civil War before Gen. Sherman burned the city to the ground.

Salish girls also had rituals to follow once they started menstruation. They were secluded in a partitioned area in the communal house, on the sleeping platform. A female's power in this state was considerable and could be malignant. "The sight of her drove fish and game away," Barnett wrote. "A drop of her blood would quell the most powerful spirit and rive it out of its owner for good." 

As with some of the European cultures, marriages were arranged to bring social and political status to the families involved. The more important and wealthy the families, the more elaborate the dowry exchange. If the marriage failed, the bride could return to her birth family four years later, four being the sequence observed in rituals, from the number of times a dancer circled the big house to the sequencing of events in legends.

This photo, taken at the end of the war shows a young boy terrified by the sounds of battle. He even wet his pants!  You can see he is being told to toughen up!

No other family in American history has suffered a wartime loss like that of Waterloo's Sullivan family. The Sullivans lost five sons to the war.

On July 10, 1913, Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States.  You remember “20 mule team Borax”?

New Orleans circa 1906. "Italian headquarters, Madison Street."  The streets were still dirt!

Thanks to the book The Quadra Story, A History of Quadra Island by Jeanette Taylor for the above information. And thanks to my Mom's friend, Wes, for the historical photos.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

Karen Magill

"Second Class Saloon...The saloon that Wyatt Earp and wife owned in Nome, Alaska between 1887-1901

Righting the overturned hull of USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, 19 March 1943

lleta Sullivan reads a letter from the U.S. Navy. She received two letters from F.D.R. in February of 1943. The first informed her of the death of her
five sons in the line of duty, the second sent later requested her presence at the christening of the destroyer U.S.S. Sullivans named in their honor. 

The USS Ranger....the first Aircraft Carrier.  Just look at the Bi-Planes!


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