Victory in Europe Day anniversary

May 8, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, also known as Victory in Europe Day, and the end of WWII in Europe. On May 8, 1945, German soldiers laid down their arms throughout Europe surrendering to the Allied powers. Thousands of people marched on the streets celebrating this tremendous victory in both the United States and United Kingdom. (AP)

Photography by Associated Press

See more photos from VE Day and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.


Top (Grelicks): Μέγαρο Γιαννουλάτου (2). A second photo of the Giannoulatos building (see previous post), Karaiskaki square, Piraeus, Greece, April 2015. (Check also this Wiki panoramic photo for “the bigger picture”.)

Photos 2 & 3 (NOT Grelicks [obviously] - Source: Apparently both are press agency photos - the first one is scanned from a now defunct Greek magazine Grelicks used to collaborate with, while the other comes from an eBay auction):

British troops, surrounded by a Greek crowd, set up 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns in Karaiskaki square, just in front of the Giannoulatos building, most probably in November or December 1940, during the Greco-Italian War.  (An interesting detail in the lower photo are the strips of tape used on the window glass panes of the Giannoulatos building, to prevent them from being shattered in case of bombing.)

Well… neither the tape… nor the Bofors guns did any good when, on the night of 6/7 April 1941, i.e. the very first night of the German invasion of Greece, a number of Luftwaffe Junkers Ju88 bombers, operating from Sicily and led by “Hajo” Herrmann, attacked the port of Piraeus. A number of bombs, or, allegedly, just a single bomb launched from Herrmann’s aircraft, hit the British carco steamship SS Clan Fraser, which caught fire… The thing is… that she was still partially unloaded… carrying still some 200-250 tons of TNT, intended for delivery to the Greek Powder and Cartridge Company (PYRKAL). The ensuing explosion had devastating effects (wiki photo)… the shock of the blast was even felt dozens of miles away in Athens…

When Grelicks was a child growing up in Piraeus, he still heard stories about the German bombing of Piraeus in 1941 and the infamous Clan Fraser was still a household name - in fact, my great-grand-father’s bakery/pastry-shop (στου Βρυώνη, απ’ την άλλη δηλαδή μεριά του λιμανιού, ενώ το Clan Fraser πρέπει να ήταν δεμένο στη Δραπετσώνα) was totally demolished by débris of the Clan Fraser

Nevertheless, before the end of WWII, Piraeus had yet to suffer a far worse bombing, this time by Allied bombers (USAAF B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 15th Air Force, operating from Italy), on 11 January 1944 - but that’s another story

Happy Mother’s DAY! 

Here’s to all the moms out there in tumblr-land that are busy gettin’ it done! 

Here is “Mama” Dezemo and her kids from Orange County, New York. Clearly, Mama is making sure these little guys are getting that hay in. 

“Mama” Dezemo and Jim with Three Other Children in a Pile of Hay, ca. 1942-1944, Photographic Negative, 2.5 x 3.5in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Museum Purchase, The Plowline Collection, F0006.2010(072). 


Snapshots of History, now in color.

These photos provide such a human glimpse into history that the barrier of the black-and-white photograph really take from us. A century (give or take) old, they are:

  • A Nihang Bodyguard, (c.1865)
  • Inventor and physicist Thomas Alva Edison. New Jersey, (1911)
  • British tattoo artist George Burchett, the King of Tattooists, (ca 1930)
  • Miss America, 1924 – Ruth Malcomson.
  • World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, (1942)
  • Jewish women and children arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, Poland, (1944)
  • An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, (1908)
  • Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Soccer legend Pele. Sao Paulo, (1958)
  • Three soldiers looking for the enemy from the shelter of a rubble-filled shed somewhere in France during World War I, (1917)
  • Romanov sisters, Grand Duchesses Maria, Olga, Anastasia, and Tatiana, (1910)

More can be found on imgur: x


Photographs of Japanese American Internees, Then and Now.

In early 1945, the federal government started to open the internment camps where it had held 120,000 Japanese Americans for much of World War II. Seven decades later, photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been tracking down the internees pictured in wartime images by photographers like Dorothea Lange.

So far, he’s identified more than 50 survivors, often reshooting them in the locations where they were originally photographed.