Old-Picture.com, good resource for teachers and students


Here’s a source of high-quality photos, most at least 90 years old.  A lot of these photos would fit nicely into presentations for history classes:  Old-Picture.com.

Many of the photos don’t appear much of any place else.  There are historic maps, too.

For example:  What’s a “whistlestop tour?”

Here is President William H. Taft making such a tour, or rather, speaking during a stop on such a tour, at Redfield (what state?  South Dakota?  Iowa?  New York?):

W. H. Taft on whistlestop tour, in Redfield

W. H. Taft on whistlestop tour, in Redfield

Here’s Taft, again, at “Boutelle at Janesville;” note especially the boys climbing the pole to get a better look:

1908 Taft whistlestop tour, Boutelle at Janesville (wherever that is!)

1908 Taft whistlestop tour, Boutelle at Janesville (wherever that is!)

Janesville is probably the city in Wisconsin.

Here’s Taft at a train, again in 1908 — might we assume it’s the same trip?

W. H. Taft at a train, in 1908 - campaigning?

W. H. Taft at a train, in 1908 -- campaigning?

Here Taft and his party are pictured on a train, in Chicago.  Same train?  Same trip?  Who are the other men with him?

W. H. Taft and party on a train, 1908 presidential campaign

W. H. Taft and party on a train in Chicago, 1908 presidential campaign

For another view, here’s what Taft saw at one of his stops — the crowd assembled to listen to him speak, in 1908:

Crowd gathered to hear Taft's campaign speech, 1908 (location, "West?")

Crowd gathered to hear Taft's campaign speech, 1908 (location, "West?") -- love that Tom Mix-looking hat on the guy in the middle, no?

Put these pictures together in a different order — it’s a clear illustration of just what a “whistlestop” tour is.  These slides could complement a presentation comparing this trip with Harry Truman’s 1948 whistlestop tour, just two generations later.  Or, juxtapose these pictures with pictures of John F. Kennedy in 1960, or Richard Nixon in 1968, or Bill Clinton’s bus tours in 1992 and 1996.

I’ll wager you’ve not seen at least one of these photos before (they are all new to me).  Old-Picture.com has a great collection of stuff.  So far as I can tell, the site administrator lists no copyright restrictions (there’s got to be a story in there somewhere).

What can you do with this collection?

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4 Responses to Old-Picture.com, good resource for teachers and students

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Shelley, have you read any of the diaries of the women who migrated to Salt Lake City with the Mormons? Especially for those women whose husbands went on ahead, or stayed behind to help others, the stories make your jaw drop.

    My father-in-law got one of his ancestor’s diaries. Grandma froze to death somewhere in Wyoming, but they had to keep the body with them to Salt Lake City because the ground was too frozen to dig a grave . . . no mention of any nightmares from the kids.

    I’ll bet some of those women did kill bears — and wildcats, and bandits. And they felled trees and built cabins, and hunted deer, and plowed fields.

    And despite their not having the vote, they came out to listen to Taft!

    America’s got some astonishing tales.

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  2. Shelley says:

    Since my writing is history-based, I fall easily into a sort of hypnotic state in gazing into these old photographs–especially the women of the plains, who with their long black dresses and no-nonsense faces look like they could kill a bear single-handed.

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  3. mpb says:

    The only Janesville I know is north of Beloit, WI (and south of Madison). Janesville used to have an auto assembly and I believe it was home to Parker Pen.

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  4. Girly says:

    I LOVE these pictures!

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