Clara Bow, flapper, with hamburger sammich and Coke.
This is an extremely rare photograph of Inauguration of James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States.
I’ve seen this a trillion times and I still love it.
Fellow-citizens: Clouds and darkness are around him; His pavilion is dark waters and thick clouds; justice and judgment are the establishment of his throne; mercy and truth shall go before his face! Fellow-citizens! God reigns, and the Government at Washington lives.
James A. Garfield (1831-1881), calming a mob angry at news of President Lincoln’s death, from the balcony of the New York customs-house.
Quoted in The Presidents of the United States, 1789-1914: James A. Garfield by William Walter Phelps, Ed. by James Grant Wilson
Gerald Ford sucking back that sweet tobacco at a desk in the study of the president of the University of Alabama, April 13, 1978.
Ford was a big-time pipe smoker, and even had a pipe in his hand for his presidential portrait. Ford smoked for decades, until one day …
According to Robert Barrett, the Army Military Aide to Ford during his presidency and later Ford’s Chief of Staff, it was Ford’s daughter Susan who convinced him to give up tobacco.We’re sitting in the office out in Rancho Mirage and he says in his totally ineffective way as far as Susan’s concerned, “Well, you know, Susan, I’m pretty concerned about the fact that you’re smoking.” And Susie being this snippet little thing that she is, she’s great, she says, “Well, Daddy, I’ll stop smoking cigarettes if you stop smoking pipes.”
He got up from his chair, he went over, – I bet you the collection, I don’t know, but it has to be worth a quarter of a million dollars. I mean, there were ivory pipes and every head of state and every time he went somewhere, he got another pipe. He gathered up all the pipes in the office, there were a bunch of them there. Got a box from the conference room in the office out in Rancho Mirage. All the pipes. Leaves, goes all over the house. Takes all the pipes, calls Penny in and says, “Send these to the museum.” Last time he smoked a pipe. Forty-two years smoking a pipe and he stopped, like, on a dime.And in case you were wondering, according to Susan, he was aField and Streamman.
Who’s on your All-Time All-Star baseball team? Listen in on a President’s picks!
During a June 22, 1972 press conference, journalist Clifford Evans asked President Richard Nixon to name his favorite baseball players. President Nixon quickly listed a few key players, but Evans pressed him, “Mr. President, as the nation’s number-one baseball fan, would you be willing to name your all-time baseball team?” Asking for time to prepare a thoughtful response, President Nixon created lists of his choices for All-Time All-Star baseball teams, which were distributed via the Associated Press on June 30.
On June 30, Evans returned to the White House to interview President Nixon in the White House for RKO General Broadcasting. This meeting was captured by recording devices in the Oval Office.
In this conversation segment, President Nixon explains the process, methodology, and rationale for building his all-star teams.
-from the Nixon Library
Protip: This is a really bad question to ask when visiting the National Mall. We have 8 buildings surrounding the Mall, and a total of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. A S.H.I.E.L.D agent should know better!
(We think she means the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in this case.)
I love that this is on the Smithsonian’s tumblr
Whoever does social media for the Smithsonian is awesome.
My in-depth historical essay weaving the bloody, final act of John Wilkes Booth with the evocative words of Shakespeare got a few dozen notes yesterday.
My throwaway sentence from earlier about how I want to kick people in the face for saying “signal boost” has over 200 notes and rising.
If anyone ever asks you what Tumblr is, that’s a pretty good way to describe it.
Impossibility is nearly always the result of a restriction, usually a restriction so sanctified by tradition that it seems imposed by nature itself. Remove the restriction and the impossibility will disappear.
Tobias Dantzig, “Number: The Language of Science” (via al-spudnik)
Desktop background that I made out of Time’s collection of Presidential First Pitches.