Tag Archives: NARA

Before Playboy, there was Flossie

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Sixteen-year-old boys loved her. Parents of 16-year-old boys did not. Yes, long before Hugh Hefner donned his trademark smoking jacket, before Larry Flynt shocked a nation … Continue reading

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Wine, for all your expeditionary needs

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. It’s been called the nectar of the gods, but it may soon be called the nectar of Starbucks. The giant coffee chain is now selling … Continue reading

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Seward’s time-traveling folly

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. One hundred forty three years ago today, the people of Alaska went to bed under the Russian flag, and awoke under the Stars and Stripes. … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Let’s hope that our winning captioner John is wrong, because if this was a grand military body odor experiment, this world would smell awful. The … Continue reading

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The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea, 1945

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Xs5bJVUx8_w?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0 Strafing and bombing missions over Japanese-held islands? Aerial dogfights? Classified destinations in the Pacific? All in a day’s work for the Fighting Lady. This … Continue reading

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Where was the Navy born?

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Tomorrow there will be a spirited debate at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, will be … Continue reading

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Gesundheit!

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. When it comes to casualty statistics, we often compare wars. In World War II, it’s estimated that 50 million were killed. During the Civil War, over … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The results are in! Our guest judge Tim Walch, director of the Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa, decided that Shannon’s caption takes the prize. “This a wonderful, unexpected, quirky … Continue reading

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The orphan called Tokyo Rose

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The story of Tokyo Rose is the stuff of legends—an English-speaking Japanese woman who seduced the airwaves of the South Pacific with tales of Japanese … Continue reading

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Beer = mc2

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In 1885, Munich’s Oktoberfest was celebrated under the glow of the electric light for the first time. Who was responsible for that feat? None other … Continue reading

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