My great grandfather left Plymouth, Massachusetts to make is fortune in the California gold fields. Not many of the men who followed this particular dream stuck it rich as witnessed in this image. They made enough to survive until they could find other work.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009
A four pound brick sits on top of a small block of aero gel; a compound so lightweight that it is almost appears to be invisible.
Albert J. Tirrell just couldn’t stay out of trouble. Acquitted in the murder trial of Maria Bickford by the loosest interpretation of the law, he was soon in trouble again.
This time he robbed a group of sailors on the U.S. warship, “Constitution”. He was lucky to have survived this encounter as well.
See the stories here.
Alfred Farrar who was born in England married Emma Sawtill who was born in Virginia on 7 Jun 1869 in Macon, Missouri.
Their marriage entry in the County Marriage book shows a unique hand drawing associated with it.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Known as the “Queen of the Seas”, the ship Lusitania was sunk by German torpedoes on 7 May 1915 off the Irish coast, killing 1500 or more people.
The sinking was front page news in the Boston Journal the following day.
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Friday, August 7, 2009
The tall President Lincoln visiting his senior officers in the field toward the end of the Civil War. Note the Ghost on the far right side of the photo. The legs are clearly visible, while the torso and head fade as you follow the body up.
The effect was probably created by someone moving from their original position during the typical long-exposure required for photos in that era.