Friday, August 31, 2012

The Latest Hi-Tech Washing Machine 1869

Home washing machine & wringer. Lithograph, 1869. From Library of Congress.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kentucky Settlers Post Revolutionary War

After visiting the Kentucky State Fair this week and looking at some exhibitions of the state's history I did some sleuthing on the Internet and found this video that gave an interesting look at the life of Kentucky's early settlers. Enjoy folks...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free Book for Kindle about Halocaust

Holocaust Forgotten - Five Million Non-Jewish Victims [Kindle Edition] Eleven million people were killed in the Holocaust. Almost six million of these were Jewish - Hitler's most recognized victims. But, more than five million were not Jewish. Who were these other victims?

The author, a Jewish convert of Polish Catholic descent, whose uncle was murdered by Nazi soldiers, discovered that there are many non-Jewish survivors eager to share their stories. There are hundreds of children of these survivors who have been searching for a voice - an opportunity to finally be counted. This book defines the non-Jewish Holocaust victims with actual interviews and stories contributed by survivors. This Kindle version is available for free. I don't know how long it will be free so if you want it, double check the price before checking out to make sure you're not being charged. I'm putting a direct  link below this post for you.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Looking at Children's Television Shows in the 1960s--Captain Kangaroo

As an elementary school-aged child in the 1960s, I enjoyed watching many television shows such as Captain Kangaroo (1955 - 1984). After watching videos, I am impressed by the big-entertainment value some of these shows had with the primitive technology available then. One of my favorite characters on this show was Mr. Green Jeans (although he's not on this particular clip). So here for your pleasure and reminiscence is a look at Captain Kangaroo--

Here's a look at Mr. Green Jeans--

It is important to remember that even though we knew Mr. Green Jeans wore green denim clothing, the early shows were broadcast in black and white and even when the shows were eventually broadcast in color, many homes did not have colored television sets.

Hope you enjoyed...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Here's a look at St. Patrick and separates the true from myth. Remember to wear the green today. Enjoy...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1940's US Census

In 19 days, on April 2nd, the US Census will be available to the public for FREE!!! Go to this page for more information. This will be a beneficial resource to anyone researching their genealogy. For me, this will be the first census I will be able to find my parents in.

There is also a call for volunteers to help in indexing the census.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Did You Miss the 2012 "State of the Union Address"? Here it Is

Here's the video of this address:

I was looking for the transcript of this address and I lucked on a page with the transcripts and/or videos for most of these addresses since 1945. You can take a look at these historic speeches on cspan's online page.

I really wasn't in the mood to watch the President when he gave his address but, it is important to be informed especially in an election year so I am determined to sit down and watch and maybe print out and read this speech so I can jot down notes and reference back to it prior to the election this year. I believe it is more important to be an informed voter rather than an uninformed party person or even nonvoter.

OK folks, y'all have a nice week. Take care...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I couldn't resist sharing this with you. I recently became a member on Pinterest and this was a picture that was "pinned" there. The comments that went along with the picture were hilarious and basically stated the ladies had no need to worry about anyone's lips touching theirs. Funny how times change...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On February 2, 1887 the first Groundhogs Day was celebrated.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Punxsutawney Phil is the "official" groundhog  who gives the proclamation of an early spring or 6 more weeks of wintery weather. This year he predicted 6 more weeks of winter but that's ok since we really haven't had much of a winter to speak of. 

To see Punxsutawney Phil's official site go to

Stay warm everyone!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

And the Story Telling Goes On...

For those of you (like me) who missed this year's State of the Union Address, here it is: