Monthly Archives: July 2011

Facial Hair Friday: Prisons, Potatoes, Pipe Cleaners

You may have seen some of these beards and mustaches before! The mug shots of prisoners at Leavenworth Penitentiary have been featured here and here. But the images above take facial hair to a whole new level! Staff at the … Continue reading

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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

I am excited to introduce this week’s guest judge, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, who is working on several projects as our Wikipedian-in-Residence this summer. Surprised that we support Wikipedia? Well, it turns out that the Archivist is a big fan of the web site and … Continue reading

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World War I food conservation: “Pan de la libertad”

“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?,” our current special exhibition in Washington, DC, examines the Government’s effect on what Americans eat. Government influence was especially visible during wartime, when many food products were reserved for feeding the troops and our Allies. During … Continue reading

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The Taxman Cometh: U.S. v. Alphonse Capone

Today’s post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. Al Capone—the quintessential American gangster—headed the nation’s most notorious organized crime syndicate for more than a decade during Prohibition. Through smuggling, bootlegging, and … Continue reading

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Facial Hair Friday: Amnesty for this beard, 100 years later

This week saw the 150th anniversary of the first Battle of Manassas, with hundreds of reenactors and spectators ignoring the extreme heat and coming to the Virginia battlefield. There was another, stranger Civil War anniversary today. On July 22, 1975, … Continue reading

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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Choosing the winner was as easy as falling off a log for our guest judge Andrea Matney, who has experience balancing guest speakers and programming for the Know Your Records series. Congratulations to the excellently named Ryan Tickle! Your caption tickled … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking Wednesdays: Dinner Diplomacy Thaws the Cold War

Today’s post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. Sometimes sharing a good meal is the best way to resolve the differences you may have with another. For the United States and … Continue reading

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Facial Hair Friday: No ice cream for old men

Did you know that in 1984, President Reagan declared July 15 as “National Ice Cream Day” and July to be the official “National Ice Cream Month”? In his proclamation, the President declared that “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, … Continue reading

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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Congratulations to Hugh Ryon, whose caption suggested both the possibility of danger and the silliness of the pose! Check your email for a discount code for 15% in the eStore. Your suggestions of spinning and vomit were not far off, … Continue reading

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Cold Wars: Popsicle v. Good Humor

Today’s “What’s Cooking Wednesday” guest post is from Jefferson Moak, an archivist at the National Archives at Philadelphia. On a hot summer day, who’s not looking for an ice cream vendor or a Rita’s Water . . . Ice? Ice … Continue reading

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