She was the first woman to...

…travel around the world in a damned Zeppelin.

Originally posted by lego-stories

Lady Hay Drummond-Hay (September 12, 1895—February 12, 1946) was a star journalist who became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, and she did it in a damned Zeppelin. She went on to report from war zones like Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Manchuria (now part of China), fell into a tumultuous romance with a fellow reporter, and was eventually captured by the Japanese during WWII.

…swim the English Channel.

Originally posted by hero-generator

Gertrude Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was a competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and at one time held five world records. If there was a world record for coolest nickname she would’ve held six, because hers was “Queen of the Waves.” When Ederle set out to become the first woman to swim the English channel, she used motorcycle goggles and sealed the edges with wax to keep the salt water out of her eyes. Due to unfavorable and violent wind conditions twelve hours into her 14 hour and 34 minute journey, her trainer shouted at her to get out of the water and into his boat. She reportedly popped her head up from the water to simply ask “what for?” 

travel around the world in less than 80 days.

Originally posted by meedean

Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864—January 27, 1922) asked her editor at the New York World if she could take a stab at turning the story Around the World in 80 Days from fiction to fact. Using railways and steamships, Bly chuggah-chuggahed and toot-tooted the nearly 25,000 mile trip in just 72 days, meeting Jules Verne and buying a monkey along the way. If her name sounds familiar but these stories don’t, it’s probably because you’ve heard about how she once faked a mental illness so she could write an exposé on psychiatric asylums. Or maybe it’s because of her famed coverage of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Or maybe it’s because you’re a big fan of farming and industrialist patents and heard she invented a novel milk can and a stacking garbage can. Nellie Bly did a lot in her short 57 years. 

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In 1973, women in the New York Police Department were assigned to patrol duty for the first time, and the term “police officer” replaced the earlier designations of “police-woman” and “patrolman.” 

Jane Hoffer photographed a number of these women and collected their perspectives on their work. Ann Wilson (top photo) reflected:

When they transferred me to the taxi squad, I was primarily with the other girls, assigned to clerical duties. But I had a very innovative boss who one day said to me: “Are you afraid of the street?” and I said: “No.” And he said: “Would you like to try it?” And I said: “Yes.” And out I went. On patrol, in an unmarked car. And I enjoyed it! Once you get a taste of it, it’s like you can’t keep ‘em down on the farm any longer. Because you realize you are just as functional…you can do just about the same things. In fact, in some cases, you’re at an advantage.

Jane Hoffer. Ann Wilson, Sergeant Barbara Collins, [?] Walker, and Officer Peggy O’Shaughnessy. circa 1975-1978. On the Beat photograph collection. New-York Historical Society. 

anonymous asked:

I know you head cannon/write Jewish Bucky but how do you feel About Jewish Howard with immigrant parents? I only ask cause I head canon him as Jewish with A Romanian Genius mother and Italian father (both Jewish) and wondered if I was the only one who saw him that way -

(2/2) IN Winter soldier it’s revealed Bucky is the oldest of four since than I’ve seen a lot of fics where he has three sisters but none where he has any brothers is there a reason? I mean for me I have it so there’s Bucky, Sophia, Peter and Rebecca (Rebecca youngest born 1924/22) I mean just imagine him growing up idolizing Steve and Bucky. Perhaps he joins the army, too and than the survivor’s guilt when he’s the only one who returns??? Imagine the potential for angst

(I’m assuming you’re the same anon, given that I got these messages about 20 minutes apart, but if not uhhh I’m knocking two out with one stone.)

Oh man!  I 100% think Howard is Jewish with immigrant parents.  I mean, if it’s not actually canon, it’s very, very heavily implied. As far as nationalities go, Stark is a German name, but I suppose you could probably make a case for a Germanic switch if you’re really feeling it.  Italians were definitely not super popular around the turn of the century - they were seen as degenerates and political radicals, whereas by that point Germans constituted the largest ethnic minority in the United States, and were quite assimilated. That’d mean it was Howard’s parents who did the switcheroo, not Howard himself - there was some pretty substantial anti-German sentiment between the wars, which would make fake!German less appealing.  But hey - maybe Howard’s parents really were radicals? And had to change their names after some anarchist shenanigans?  

(Out of curiosity, are you the same anon who sent me a question about Italian Jewish Barnes a few months back?  I know I’ve looked up statistics for Italian-Jewish population in the early 1900s before, but god knows that could have just been a Wiki khole I fell into).

As far as part two of your question, I’m not sure why fanon gives Bucky a whole gaggle of sisters. There’s no reason for it, and no information canon-wise as to the gender makeup of the Barnes family. Personally, I write him with a youngest brother, because I too like the potential for angst, and having the poor kid never quite be good enough, never quite important enough to get out of Steve’s shadow as Bucky’s real brother. If you can pardon a moment of cynicism, I think that a lot of authors give Bucky sisters so that they don’t have to make much effort into differentiating them; it goes Bucky, Becca, **looks at hand** Other, and Girl. So hey, be free, live your bliss with the makeup of the Barnes kids!  I think those are lovely names.

I have been told that there were no dancing hot dogs in the early 20th century. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise.

Robert Bracklow. View of the Brooklyn Bridge from an unidentified ferry, New York City. April 27, 1902. glass negative. New-York Historical Society.

Taylor Swift is in the middle of a massive 99-date world tour, but she’s still managed to squeeze in a lot of him to her newest passion: American history. ‘I just read a 900-page book called The Kennedy Women, which dates back to the lineage of the first Kennedys coming from Ireland in the 1800s,’ Swift says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on sale tomorrow. 'This morning I bought books about John Adams, Lincoln’s Cabinet, the Founding Fathers and Ellis Island.’

During downtime from her tour she even attempted to visit the New York Historical Society. “But it was closed,” she says. 'I almost cried.’ Instead, she went to the Museum of Natural History.  'We saw the dinosaurs and stuff,’ she says.  'Which was a close second.’

—  Taylor Swift Reveals Newfound Obsession With American History (X)
A New Interactive Map Uncovers New York's Historic LGBT Landmarks
"It’s not just self-referential. It’s showing that LGBT history is American history.”

“We’re talking about LGBT history, which is often covert, hidden, transitory, dismissed,” Lustbader told DNAInfo. “We’re talking about very diverse sites. It’s not just self-referential. It’s showing that LGBT history is American history.”

Brion Cemetery, Carlo Scarpa, 1978


This documentary posthumously explores the work of the Venetian architect, looking particularly at his use of a fusion of modernism and traditional craftsmanship to revitalise historic buildings. (Image via New York Times)


On July 10, 1856, Nikola Tesla was born in the village of Smiljan in what is now Croatia. He came to the United States in 1884 and spent much of his career in New York City, performing experiments and generating patents related to electrical technology. His letter here to John Sanford Barnes, as well as the studio portrait and brochure, reflect his efforts to promote his work and attract much needed investments.

Burr McIntosh. Nikola Tesla. circa 1900-1910. glass plate negative. New-York Historical Society.

Nikola Tesla. Letter to John Sanford Barnes, 14 April 1904, and promotional brochure. Naval History Society Collection. New-York Historical Society.


The Eloise books were the brain-child of the multi-talented Kay Thompson, who at various points in her life was a radio personality, a vocal arranger at MGM and a popular cabaret performer. Thompson died in 1998, and Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight says, “To her dying day, she said it was not a child’s book. It offended her, you know, that people considered it that.”

An exhibition at the New York Historical Society shines a light on how Thompson and Knight brought Eloise to life.

‘Eloise At The Museum’ Tells The Story Behind The Beloved Mischief-Maker