Monthly Archives: May 2015

HISTORY SHARE: HITHERTO UNDEVELOPED WW II FILM

Historical film collector, Levi Bettweiser, has restored 31 rolls of film taken by an unknown solider in WW II. http://www.boredpanda.com/rescued-photo-film-project-world-war-2-soldier-levi-bettweiser/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Newsletter   Advertisements

TRIVIA TRAIL: WHAT’S THAT ON THE BRIDGE?

Question? Why did the elephants cross the bridge? (Specifically: the Brooklyn Bridge.) Answer: To show people it was safe. When New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 24th, 1883, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. The first connection between Brooklyn (then a separate city) and Manhattan took over fourteen years to build, and […]

HISTORY CHALLENGE: ENDURING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

My great-nephew is three today. At this point, his favourite fictional characters are Peter Rabbit and Thomas the Tank Engine. If three-year-olds cared about such things (which they don’t), he would doubtless be surprised to learn that they are both older than great-auntie. But the disobedient oryctolagus cuniculus and hard-working locomotive are not alone. Many […]

HISTORY SHARE: IMMIGRANT POSTERS

With all the media resources available today, posters are probably not the most effective way of luring the masses, but in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, these served to attract immigrants to Canada. (You’ll notice none of them depict blizzards, floods, droughts, tornadoes, and the various other hazards of life here.) http://ocanadablog.com/2015/04/11/theyre-giving-away-land/

HISTORIC MOVIE IDEAS FOR MAY

May’s historic viewing suggestions:   The Corsican Brothers (1941) (19th-Century Swashbuckler) The First Of May (1999) (Not historical, more a bond between old and young) I Was Monty’s Double / Hell, Heaven, or Hoboken (1958) (WW II) Journey For Margaret (1943) (WW II) The Waltz King (Disney, 1963) (19th-Century Austria) The Secret Garden (1949) (Victorian […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: SIR NICHOLAS WINTON

In 1988, a woman came across an old leather briefcase in the attic of her home. Inside it were lists and photographs of the children her husband had brought out of Czechoslovakia in 1939 and placed in the keeping of British families. Most of the 669 children he saved were Jewish, and most were the […]

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