HAWAIIAN RAILROAD (1882)


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The year is 1882. Hawaiian Railroad aka Kohala Railroad consisted of track that covered 20 miles near Kohala on the Hawaiian main island. rail cars transported tourists and sugar from nearby plantations.

Gallon upon gallon of fresh water needed to operate the steam engine, Kinau – had to be shipped from Honolulu, then transported by mule team from Mahukona port to the spot where the train refueled.

Though the route looks innocent enough in this photo – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more harrowing 20 miles of track. At various points, the 36-inch narrow gauge tracks were laid on bare lava, negotiated steep cliffs, and crossed deep gulches. There were sharp curves and trestles suspending the train up to 60 feet in the air. Despite achieving a top speed of only 12 miles per hour, taking a trip on the Kinau had to have been akin to riding Space Mountain or even Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

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1882 - Hawaii - Railroad

1882 - Hawaii - Kohala Railroad

LINCOLN FUNERAL PROCESSION (1865)


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The year is 1865. This is the Lincoln Funeral Procession winding down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. It’s April 19th – just 4 days after Abe passed away at a boarding house across from Ford’s Theatre.

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1865 - President Lincoln's Funeral (O1)

1865 - Lincoln Funeral Procession (Washington, DC)

CLARA BOW IN “WINGS” (1927)


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The year is 1927. Here is “It” Girl, Clara Bow in a scene from the World War I drama, “Wings”. Miss Bow was Paramount’s top star at the time – and “Wings” went on to win the very first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.

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1927 - Clara Bow - Wings (O)

1927 - Clara Bow - Wings

LINCOLN CONSPIRATOR (1865)


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The year is 1865. Lincoln assassination co-conspirator, Lewis Powell aka Lewis Payne awaits his fate aboard the monitor USS Saugus. At the same time Booth shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, Payne’s was to kill Secretary of State William Seward at home. Payne succeeded in only wounding the secretary. He was one of four conspirators hanged on July 7, 1865.

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1865 - Lewis Payne, by Alexander Gardner (O1)

1865 - Lewis Payne (RC1)

WILD WEST – UTAH MERCANTILE (1885)


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The year is 1885. Here is The Mercantile in the town of Lehi in Utah Territory. Today, Lehi is a bustling community in the Salt Lake City suburbs. But today, we’re visiting the Lehi of the 1880s – and Utah Territory is every bit the Wild, Wild West.

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1885 -Mercantile in Lehi, Utah (O)

1885 - Mercantile in Lehi, UT

FORD’S THEATRE – LINCOLN (1865)


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The year is 1865. Ford’s Theatre. 149 years ago tonight, actor, John Wilkes Booth gunned down Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States. Across the street from the theater is the boarding house where Lincoln was carried that night – and where he passed in the morning.

1865 - Ford's Theatre Scene (Additional Sky) (R1)

1865 - Ford's Theater

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SINATRA AT THE PARAMOUNT (1944)


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The year is 1944. In a matter of hours, tens of thousands of bobby soxers will be crowding around New York’s Paramount Theater, on this October 1st, hoping to get into the Frank Sinatra concert. 35,000 fans would remain outside. But for those lucky enough to experience the event – it was a night to remember.

We’re extending today’s blog to include THREE colorized photos from the New York Paramount appearance, because . . . . well, it’s FRANKIE!

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount (R1)

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount 1

Sinatra Sings (1944) (B&W)

1944 - Sinatra Sings - Paramount

Bobby Soxers At Frank Sinatra Show - Paramount (Oct.12, 1944) (R1)

1944 - Bobby Soxers - Paramount

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