Long Island: Vacation paradise...

Jun 16, 2017 by

Want to see for yourself just how much things have changed — or not? Lucky modern-day citizens can view or download a free PDF...

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Racism in America: The Kerner ...

May 1, 2017 by

In the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, police in Detroit raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar in what they assumed was just...

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Apple introduces the Macintosh...

Jan 14, 2017 by

Here’s the original press release that a small California company called Apple released back in January 1984, announcing the launch of their new PC — the first mass-market personal computer featuring both a graphical user interface and a mouse.

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The original Constitution of t...

Apr 21, 2016 by

Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on...

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Jefferson’s secret messa...

Mar 30, 2016 by

In this secret message of January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Congress for $2,500 to explore the West — all the...

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Thanks from Vice President Nix...

Jan 25, 2016 by

Somehow, I never knew about this letter my grandmother received from then-Vice President Richard Nixon until she was gone. Why was...

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How to use your dial telephone...

Sep 26, 2015 by

How to use your dial telephone When dialing Look in the directory for the correct number. Lift the receiver and listen for the...

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Robin Williams found dead: Off...

Aug 11, 2014 by

Investigation into death of actor Robin Williams On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received...

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Wanted poster: Lindbergh Baby ...

May 22, 2014 by

Wanted: Information as to the whereabouts of Chas. A. Lindbergh, Jr of Hopewell, N.J.

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San Francisco Department of El...

Nov 14, 2013 by

This full-size (14″ x 17″) certificate dates back to just before the Great Depression, when, apparently, the city of San...

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Elvis asks President Nixon to ...

Sep 30, 2013 by

On the morning of December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley personally delivered a handwritten letter to a security guard at the White House....

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How to enjoy your GE Porta-Col...

Oct 15, 2012 by

How to enjoy your Porta-Color television receiver   Introduction Because of the outstanding engineering developments and...

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The Emancipation Proclamation ...

Sep 8, 2012 by

The Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation...

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WWI Honorable discharge notice...

Jul 18, 2012 by

  Honorable discharge from the US Army To all whom it may concern: This is to certify that Percy Leland, Corporal, Inf...

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Draft registrations: Famous mu...

Jul 10, 2012 by

Louis Armstrong Though the recorder misspelled his name at the top of his record, Louis Armstrong’s registration card showed...

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How “The Wizard of Oz...

Jul 6, 2012 by

After it was a published book, but decades before it hit the silver screen in the Dorothy Garland-led adventure we know and love,...

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Sons of Revolutionary Sires me...

Jun 15, 2012 by

My great-great-great grandfather Josiah Earl was born March 12, 1821, in Tymochtee, Ohio. In 1876, he was invited to join the San...

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Lottery tickets from the 1820s

Mar 12, 2012 by

Here’s a look at three early lottery tickets, including two that were earmarked to generate funds to build the Washington...

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How do you solve a problem lik...

Mar 9, 2012 by

How do you solve a problem for Maria — in this case, Maria Von Trapp? You give her US citizenship. Austrian singer —...

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New passport rules in force (1...

Mar 8, 2012 by

New passport rules in force Regulations may end frauds that have been practiced Full details of journey, oath of allegiance,...

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Titanic repeatedly warned of i...

Feb 21, 2012 by

Titanic repeatedly warned of icebergs by Parisian’s operator Donald Sutherland tells graphic story of floating ice, and of his...

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Text of Lincoln’s Emanci...

Jan 1, 2012 by

The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 A Transcription By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation....

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Telegram: Military service for...

Nov 25, 2011 by

Order to appear Received at SE Corner Pine & Montgomery Sts., San Francisco – Always open San Francisco, Calif – Aug...

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War ration stamps: WWII (1942)

Nov 23, 2011 by

During WWII, countless products were rationed in the United States in order to help meet the demands both of the military and the...

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The Declaration of Independenc...

Nov 11, 2011 by

The Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When...

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