From Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics, one of 43 photos. In 1976, members of the West German luge team, Elisabeth Demleitner and Stephan Hoelzlwimmer, wear the latest design in helmets during a practice session on the Olympic Luge course in Innsbruck, Austria, on Friday, on January 30, 1976. (AP Photo)
General Noble Redwood Tree House, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Yes, the government had a tree house. It was put up to promote the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and just … left there. Finally, almost forty years later, it was moved to Arlington. Having a huge tree house in front of the national monuments and museums was apparently not dignified. But it’s okay to have a merry-go-round?
Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne in Staten Island. It was originally built in 1891, but the church was mostly destroyed by fire in 1973, except for the main facade. A smaller church was built behind the main facade, resulting in an usual matchup.
March 3rd 1931: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ adopted
On this day in 1931, the United States formally adopted 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as its national anthem. The song was written by Francis Scott Key, who was inspired after witnessing the defence of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. He was particularly moved by the sight of an American flag being raised over the fort in defiance of the British; this image inspired the poem which provides the lyrics to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. The tune came from a well-known 18th century British song. The anthem was a popular patriotic American song for many years, and was commonly used by the armed forces prior to its official adoption. In 1931, at the urging of many patriotic organisations, a congressional resolution was signed by President Hoover which affirmed Key’s song as America’s national anthem.
I came across this today while surfing the Internet. I’m wondering how this isn’t a more widely published story? These stones are massive. I barely even noticed the guy standing in the middle of the picture posted above. I wonder how old these structures are and who built them?
History. Vintage Photographs. Classic Art.
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