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John Dillinger: The Making Of A Rock Star Bank Robber

John Dillinger Smirk

Evolution of Dillinger’s trademark smirk: Dillinger as a teen with his father on the left, and on the right in what is perhaps his most famous mug shot Sources: Wikipedia and Blogspot

July 22 was the 80th anniversary of John Dillinger’s violent death. During the Great Depression, due to his many bank robberies and escapes from prison, he became the burgeoning FBI’s Public Enemy #1.

Dillinger entered the crime world early on in his life. To impress a girl on a date, a young John Dillinger stole a car. When he was caught and the policeman didn’t believe his vague answers, Dillinger ran. Knowing it wouldn’t be safe to return home, he joined the Navy. Being an outlaw at heart–he soon went AWOL for good.

John Dillinger Navy

John Dillinger, far left, with some Navy buddies Source: Google

That didn’t last too long, though. Dillinger deserted the vessel some months after joining, and was eventually dishonorably discharged from the Navy. He then went back home to Mooresville, Indiana, where he then met a sixteen-year-old girl named Beryl Hovious. He married her in April 1924.

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27 Shocking Images Of The Israel-Gaza Conflict

Dark times have befallen the people of the Gaza Strip, a Detroit-sized area of land that is at the center of some of the most devastating, heated Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the world. While the Israel-Gaza conflict is unfortunately not a new one, recent developments have sent tensions soaring even higher than before, as Israel continues to launch airstrikes into densely packed cities and neighborhoods filled predominantly with civilians. In the past couple of weeks alone, Israeli airstrikes have hit mosques, hospitals and even schools. As fighting intensifies, the death toll continues to rise. Here are some of the most shocking pictures of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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Israel-Gaza Conflict Strikes School

Source: NPR

Crisis in Israel

Source: Channel 4

Child Struck by Bombs

Source: Levantium

Gaza-Israel Conflict From Space

Picture of the Israel-Gaza Conflict from Space. Source: NBC News

Israeli War at Night

Source: CP24

Israel-Gaza Conflict Creates Ruins

Source: Vice

Palestinians Pray Despite Airstrikes

Source: CP24

Blood Spilled in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Source: NBC News

Airstrikes on Gaza Continue


Palestinians Mourn Gaza Airstrikes

Source: news.168

Military in Israeli-Gaza Conflict

Source: Vox

Israel-Gaza Conflict Shocks Boy

Source: CTV News

Injured Bystanders

Source: Slate

Civilians Hide in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Source: CNN

Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: Vox

Bombing is Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: World Review

Children in Gaza Ruins

Source: NPR

Hiding from Gaza Airstrikes

Source: AOL

Baby in Israel-Gaza Bombing

Source: BBC

Aftermath of the Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: Teak Door

For more of a historical perspective on the conflict, be sure to watch the animated video we have posted.

An Undercover Police Officer In Brooklyn, 1969

Undercover Police Brooklyn

Though present-day Brooklyn often serves as the backdrop for a number of HBO melodramas involving privileged twenty somethings navigating their rivers of trivial sorrows, it was once a place to be avoided at all costs. As explained by the back of this photograph:

“The police department in their program to crack down on muggers and sex offenders had one of their volunteers, Patrolman Wm. R. Winter of the TPF, assigned to the 78th pct, Bklyn, disguise as a tall voluptuous broad. Around 12 or 1am July 1st, while patrolman Winters was in his disguise, two men pinched the undercover man where a woman shouldn’t be pinched and the undercover man xxxxxxxxx pinched them in return. (The 2nd pinch was in the form of an arrest}. Winter is married and is the father of one child.”

Want to see more about the harsh realities of New York that you don’t get from Lena Dunham? Check out our spread on the subway in the 1980s.

The 21st Century According To 19th And 20th Century France

Starting around 1899, Jean-Marc Côté and a few other visionary French artists began to speculate what dramatic turns the world would take over the course of the next century. They carefully crafted a series of drawings to be displayed at the World Exhibition in Paris, and later these same images would become postcards and thoughtful inserts in cigarette and cigar boxes.

A sampling of what we can gather from these drawings is that French people of the early 1900s were convinced that we’d be spending a good portion of our future lives either airborne or underwater. Walking the Earth was so twentieth century, after all…

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