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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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The price of freedom? About a $1.05

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. They say you can’t put a price on freedom, but you can put a price on savings bonds! Watch this compilation of famous celebrities plugging … Continue reading

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Before there was broadband, there was a beard

Long before the push to make high-speed Internet available across America, Samuel Morse was tap-tap-tapping information across America. By 1838, his telegraph machine was using a dot-and-dash system to send messages of up to 10 words a minute. He even … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

This week’s winner is PaulO, who won us over with his creepy and vaguely dystopian caption “I am product # 751600.” He wins 30% off a numbered product of his choosing¬†at our eStore. And if you think this tube is … Continue reading

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Escape and Evasion files at the National Archives

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Escape and evasion files are firsthand accounts of a military personnel’s escape from behind enemy lines. In World War II, thousands of U.S. troops crashed … Continue reading

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Fillmore, Utah. Population 2,150

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Between negotiating the Compromise of 1850, stymieing southern attempts to turn Cuba into a state, protecting Hawaii from French interests, and working to open up … Continue reading

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1924 round-the-world fliers complete their mission

At 1:28 p.m. on September 28, 1924, two planes landing in Seattle made history. The Chicago and New Orleans had flown 26,345 miles in 66 days to become the first airplanes to circumnavigate the globe. Four planes had started the … Continue reading

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The doodler who defied crooks and democratized donkeys

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. There are few artist in America¬†who so greatly affected the popular landscape as Thomas Nast who was born 170 years ago today. Jolly old St … Continue reading

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The Mustache: Future of the South?

When you think of Samuel Clemens, do you think of the celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County? His house in Conneticut? A yankee in King Arthur’s court? Or do you think of his full, bushy mustache? As a child growing … 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. Rick B. won our hearts and minds with his caption last week of a donkey with a dangerous back blast. Understated, eloquent, simple in its … Continue reading

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