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Next time you complain about the postal service, look at what it WAS. This photograph is from 1905 and heralds the ‘modern’ mail delivery between Unalahlik – now Unalakleet – and Nome.  Interestingly, the man on the right is John … Continue reading

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This was the solution to the energy crisis in Nome during the Alaska Gold Rush.  It is the photograph of 10,000 tons of chunks of coal in burlap sacks.  Nome had/has no forests therefore no trees for building or warmth. … Continue reading

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Here’s a glimpse of the past and the future together.  Can you identify the man on the left in the “cockpit?”  It’s Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a president who focused on the future. Not only was his vision forward-looking, so … Continue reading

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Here we go again!  This is an editorial cartoon from a century ago when the ‘immigrants’ were Orientals.  The era was known as the Yellow Scare and as you can see, everything that was said of THEM then is now … Continue reading

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Next time you hear someone say, “I want my job back!” think of this picture. These are firemen on the TITANIC. Every day they shoveled 600 tons of coal into furnaces.  That was a century ago. Today, coal is a … Continue reading

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I hear a lot of lamenting about how this decade is so turbulent and violent. Really? Those people do not know history.  Violent eras in American history predictably come about every 50 years.  50 years ago, was the 1960s, the … Continue reading

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This scene, which happened in Anchorage, Alaska, happened all across the country in the 1920s and 1930s.  Liquor was federally illegal so, when it was found by federal officers, it was destroyed.  Prohibition did not stop people from drinking; it … Continue reading

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History is not the story of the past; it is the study of the future. If you want to know how far we have come, this advertisement was published in the 1950s and NO ONE objected.  A generation later, it’s … Continue reading

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We hear it every day. America is so violent! Never has there been so much hatred! Actually, the violence is part of a 50-year cycle. Why, we don’t know. We just know that about every 50 years, there is an … Continue reading

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Within the last week a LinkedIn post showed a block building being constructed by a machine. Note the look of surprise on the faces of these men.  In 1894. A little more than a century ago. They were probably pleased … Continue reading

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