Photos From This Day in History

It’s been a while since I’ve geeked out over old photographs, so I delved into the Library of Congress’ archives, and the Life magazine archives, and came up with a handful of kind of neat old photographs from way back when – all of which were taken on the same day of the year… July 12th.

Why? Because I can, of course…

First up, the crew of the USS S-2, one of the U.S. Navy’s first submarines, launched in February 1919.

The photo was taken July 12th, 1921, as the submarine was completing trials.

Many years later, a photographer working for Harris & Ewing would snap this shot of a pensive gentleman in a well-appointed office:

Don’t recognize him? Don’t feel too bad – it’s Robert H Jackson, at the time (July 12th, 1940) the Attorney General of the United States, and later a member of the Supreme Court, but probably better known for the role he would play a few short years later as the prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials.

A couple years later, famed photog Alfred Eisenstaedt shot an unexplained series of photographs at what – I’m guessing here – might have been some sort of housewares trade show, or something along the lines. In addition to this neat-looking display:

…this set of photos also includes this rather bizarre portrait:

Your guess is as good as mine. Both images were apparently shot on July 12th, 1955, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Published in: General, History | on July 12th, 2010| 2 Comments »

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  1. On 7/12/2010 at 6:16 pm Mark Said:

    I’m all about gadgets, but what’s the deal with the ‘eye balls’ at the lower left?

  2. On 7/12/2010 at 6:46 pm Nemo Said:

    I think it’s exactly what it says on the box – (fake) novelty eyeballs of some sort. Just to the guy’s left is a pair of fake (chattering?) teeth, and something branded Dennis the Menace. Dime-store novelty crap, maybe?

    “Whiskey Bobbles” were apparently cheap, miniature novelty bottles of whiskey, according to a 1950 magazine article. In a 1949 ad, they were being sold at $4.20/dozen mail order, with no apparent restriction requirements (i.e. a liquor license), so… who knows? The 1949 ad describes them as “miniature paritive whiskey bobbles”, which is all grand, except that “paritive” doesn’t appear to actually be an English word – at least, it’s not in any dictionary I can find. D’oh.