Nixon’s “Thumbs Up” Resignation

Nixon After Resigning 1974

Following a series of scandals that devastated a vulnerable nation along with the ambitions of a less-than saintly presidential administration, Richard Nixon said sayonara to the Oval Office on August 9, 1974.

Straight from the pages of future President George H.W. Bush’s journal:

“There is no way to really describe the emotion of the day. Bar [Bush’s wife, Barbara] and I went down and had breakfast at the White House. Dean and Pat Burch and the Buchanans were there in the Conference Mess. There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died. Grief. Saw Tricia and Eddie Cox [President Nixon's daughter and her husband] in the Rose Garden – talked to them on the way to the ceremony.

President Nixon looked just awful. He used glasses – the first time I ever saw them. Close to breaking down – understandably. Everyone in the room in tears.

The speech was vintage Nixon – a kick or two at the press – enormous strains. One couldn’t help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame and wonder kind of man is this really. No morality – kicking his friends in those tapes – all of them. Gratuitous abuse. Caring for no one yet doing so much. When he used the word ‘plumbers’ [in his speech] meaning it [as] ‘laboring with his hands’, the connotation was a shock to me.”

34 Black And White Photos Restored With Brilliant Color

From an intimate portrait of Mark Twain to an incredible overhead photograph of the D-Day invasion, we take a look history’s most important people and events transformed from black and white photos into beautiful color images:

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Testing A Bulletproof Vest In 1923

The inventor of the bulletproof vest tests one of the first prototypes in Washington DC in 1923.

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig after finishing his "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939.

Race Mixing Color Black And White Photos

Protestors in Little Rock, Arkansas demonstrate against school integration in 1959.

Walt Whitman In 1868

Walt Whitman in 1868.

Girls Deliver Ice In 1918

A pair of girls unload ice in 1918.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before he would be assassinated by Jack Ruby.

Black and White Photos Turned Into Color

A Royal Air Force pilot receives a haircut in between missions during World War 2.

Nihang Bodyguard

A Nihang bodyguard serving in the Nizam of Hyderabad's irregular Sikh army. In his right hand he holds a khanda sword, and in his left a ball and chain flail. The all-steel chillanum dagger in his cummerbund is traditionally associated with southern India. He also wears a shield, a second sword and a pistol, the butt of which is visible under his left arm. His battle-turban is fortified with razor-sharp steel quoits, miniature sword blades and steel chains.

Golden Gate Bridge In 1905

The Golden Gate Bridge in mid-construction in the 1930s.

Claude Monet In 1923

Claude Monet poses with various paintings in 1923.

Propaganda Posters 1942

In 1942, a room full of artists produce propaganda posters that will be used in the United States during World War 2.

Gettysburg Veterans 1913

A pair of Civil War veterans exchange stories during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Flipping Burgers In 1938

A cook flips burgers at a state fair in 1938.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Clam Seller In Little Italy

A clam seller does some business in Little Italy, New York City in 1900.

Mark Twain In Color

Mark Twain

Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin

Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in 1919.

Elizabeth Taylor In 1956

Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Albert Hitchcock On The Set Of Birds

Alfred Hitchcock seen in mid-direction on the set of Birds in 1963.

Titanic Disaster

A young newsboy sells newspapers in London in 1912 following the sinking of the Titanic.

Sharon Tate Black And White Photos

Sharon Tate poses for a photograph in the early 1960s.

Colorized History

A pair of African-American troops pose by artillery on Easter 1944.

Robert E. Lee In Color

Robert E. Lee shortly after surrendering at Appomattox in 1865.

Curb Market In New York City 1900

Curb Market in New York City circa 1900.

Color Black And White Photos

Aubrey Hepburn in the early 1950s.

Clint Eastwood In 1962

Clint Eastwood in 1962.

D-Day 1944

An overhead photograph of the D-Day landing on Normandy Beach in 1944.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Booker T. Washington in 1905

Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University in 1905.

Black and White Photos Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in 1951.

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Albert Einstein In 1921 Photo

Albert Einstein in 1921.

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The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

A History Of Censorship In Film

Learning to expose an image inevitably entails exposing yourself. The birth of cinema has brought that kind of exposure–in all of its forms–to the masses. It has also inspired entire movements from all societal swaths to censor such carnal honesty. CineFix explores the history of censorship in the American film industry and we highly recommend you check it out.

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