Found while cleaning, a box of 15, each 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.
On July 11, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early took over “Silver Spring,” the Maryland home of U.S. Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, as headquarters for his army, a force bent on invading Washington in the third and last such attempt of the Civil War. General Early smoked Blair’s cigars, drank his wine and the next day, before retreating, burnt down his house.
George “Tornado” Smith, who thrilled crowds with his Wall of Death motorcycle ride, posts a letter from a penny-farthing on the Earls Court Road, London, circa 1935. The ‘L’ he is wearing is a “Learner” sign.
“I had little doubt that the majority of German people would swallow these idiotic lies. After all my time in this Nazi cuckooland, I still found it profoundly depressing to see a people so easily deceived.”
— William L. Shirer, reflecting on Hitler’s New Year’s proclamations, January 1940, in 20th Century Journey: The Nightmare Years, 1930-1940.
Photo: Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, at a League of Nations Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 1933, by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Snapshot by Jean Winship, circa 1970.