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The History of Income Taxes — Infographic

The History of Income Taxes

On Friday, we posted an infographic on funeral and burial customs — half of Ben Franklin’s death and taxes.  Well, it’s jsut fair that we look at the other half — taxes.  Today’s infographic takes a brief look at the history of income taxes in the United States.  [VIA]

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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Infographics

 

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How The 50 States Got Their Names — Infographic

How the 50 States Got Their Names

Each state is unique in so many ways, including their names!  While the origins of some are rather obvious, others have pretty interesting backstories and truly reflect the cultures and geography of the region.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/03/17 (“Handy Helpers for Defense”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “Handy Helpers for Defense, 1942”

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These young men are collecting paper and what look like tin cans (I am sure at other times had collected other items as well) for a scrap drive. Most of these items were reused or recycled to support the American war effort in World War II.

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. “Boys collecting paper and metal for scrap drive.” Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Oldest Businesses in Each State — Infographic

The Oldest Businesses (continually operating) in Each State

Most businesses in the US had their start when the areas were first settled, if not when the state itself entered the Union.  While many have closed for a variety of reasons over the years, come have survived for well over three centuries.  This list hits jsut about every industry, so the term business is used in a general way here, so it’s also interesting to see that variety as well as the ages of the businesses themselves.

New Jersey’s entry, the Barnsboro Inn, is right in my backyard and I have eaten there many times!  What’s your state’s oldest surviving business?  [VIA]

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/09/16 (“G.I. Joey”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “G.I. Joey, 1942”

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Even in the midst of the most harrowing war the world has ever seen, it’s wonderful to see these playful images of our soldiers escaping and enjoying the little things, like a mascot kangaroo, for a little while.

September 10, 1942, somewhere in Australia. “American soldier at advanced allied base with his pet kangaroo.” Photo by John Earl McNeil. 

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/06/16 (D.C. Tenement: 1935)

Daily Photo — “D.C. Tenement: 1935”

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There is so much going on in this photo, it would take some time to soak it all in.  I am especially taken by the juxtaposition of the tenement with the dome of the US Capitol and all it symbolizes rising in the background.

Summer 1935. “Washington, D.C., alley dwelling. The clutter of filth, debris and tin cans all have highly utilitarian purposes. Many of the houses are without gas, water, or electric connections.” Note the Capitol dome at the top of the frame. Harris & Ewing glass negative

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Daily Photo — 12/02/2016 “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.: 1909”

Daily Photo — “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.: 1909”

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I love this one, not only because it is local, but because of some unique things in the photo itself.  The photo was taken at night so a longer exposure was needed to capture a good image.  As a result you capture blur from motion — most notably in the boy just to the right of center and in the center boy’s hand as he works the glass.  What you really need to do to appreciate this, however, is zoom in on the boy to the far left — notice anything interesting about his eyes?

November, 1909. “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.” Photo by Lewis Hine.

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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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