What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVIII

First Color Photo NYC

Mulberry Street, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

The First Color Photographs Of The United States

First Colorized Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Source: Vintage Everyday

On some subconscious level, most of us imagine that the world before, say, 1920 existed in black and white. And why not? That’s what the photographic record of the era would have us believe. But as far back as 1889–14 years before the more well-known Autochrome–the Photochrom process was producing color photography. The images here, produced by the Detroit Photographic Company in the late 1800s and early 1900s, are the first color photographs of the United States. From New York to the Rockies to the redwoods, see more of the collection at Vintage Everyday.

Statue Of Liberty Colorized

Sunset from the Battery, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

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Manzanar Relocation Center: American Concentration Camps Remembered

Manzanar Relocation Center

Source: Wikimedia

As concentration camps were liberated toward the end of World War II, no doubt that many attributed such an achievement to the work of the United States. But just as the US federal government worked abroad to win the war and put an end to concentration camps, at home it developed some pretty horrific internment camps of its own.

Anti-Japanese sentiment was at an all-time high following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and this widespread paranoia led to the forced relocation of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Involuntarily placed in internment camps like Manzanar Relocation Center, Japanese-American citizens will never forget these dark years.

Internment Camps in America

Source: Wikimedia


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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Facts

Today marks 196 years since Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, New York. While the American poet, essayist and journalist was considered radical for his opinions on many topics—labor issues, immigration, sexuality and capital punishment, among others—during his life, he’s now revered as one of the country’s most influential poets. Whitman’s life’s work, Leaves of Grass, broke away from the poetic conventions of his day, moving poetry forward in a surprising number of ways.

As an ode to the “father of free verse,” here are 17 facts about Walt Whitman that might surprise you.

Can’t get enough of Whitman? Check out this short video biography, or check out more surprising facts about Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.

Post-War Angst: The Sordid History Of MCs In America

History of MCs in the USA

Source: Fox News

The recent MC brawl in North Texas was a large-scale eruption of violence by most standards: nine people died, and another 18 were hospitalized. A whopping 170 individuals were arrested. One Twin Peaks restaurant closed, and police confiscated hundreds of guns, knives and other weapons.

Somehow this degree of destruction was possible even though police were outside of the restaurant before the fighting started. But when you look back at the history of MCs in the United States, it’s pretty obvious that this behavior isn’t anything new.

Twin Peaks Motorcycle Brawl

Source: Aljazeera

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