Odds and Ends

Billy Mitchell was Right (and still is).

I grew up in West Allis Wisconsin-a suburb of Milwaukee. There was parkway and a well-to-do neighborhood (well-to-do in those days) near my school. Sometimes, rather than go right home after school, my friends and I would walk over to the parkway and imagine “playing army” or otherwise adventure around-all the things young boys would […]

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

One character from the War of Independence that I’ve found interesting, even intriguing, is Captain John Parker. Captain Parker’s main claim to fame comes from his role as the Captain of Colonial Militia for the area around Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. Parker was a militia captain served served in the French and Indian War in […]

A Christmas Carol, Life Magazine, December 25th, 1944

A Christmas Carol, Life Magazine, December 25th, 1944

Long before A Christmas Carol was a movie it was a radio play. Lionel Barrymore played Scrooge for many years on Christmas Eve starting in 1934. In 1944 a movie studio gathered the radio play actors and staged scenes for Life Magazine. The issue with A Christmas Carol came out on December 25th, 1944. At […]

On Renaming Army Bases

On Renaming Army Bases

I was doing a little research for a blog post on the 21st WI Infantry-a unit that fought in the American Civil War. I found out they were mustered in at Camp Bragg in Fond du Lac County. The name of the camp intrigued me since a fellow by the name of Braxton Bragg was […]

The Cleansing of US History

The Cleansing of US History

Did you have a choice of where you were born? Did you have a choice as to your parents? Did you have a choice as to what year you born? Did you have choice as to what culture you were born into? Did I? The answer to all these questions is of course not. All […]

A Rapist and Murderer Hanged, 1937

A Rapist and Murderer Hanged, 1937

This is the face of the worst kind of criminal-the kind whose acts turn civilized men and women into lynch mobs. It belongs to commonplace-looking men who move unmolested through the streets of U.S. cities.

New Cars for 1940!

New Cars for 1940!

“Hitler sure made a mistake fighting us. Every kid from age 14 on knows how to drive a car or a truck. We are a nation on wheels!” (line in a movie from a US tank driver somewhere in France in 1944.) As a kid I think I watched every World War 2 movie ever […]

Battlefield Action!

Battlefield Action!

In our storage unit I have a small collection of Classic’s Illustrated that somehow survived after 50 years. What has not survived was my collection of war comics from the 60’s. Back in the day every time dad went to a drugstore or some other outlet that had comic books I got one. I remember […]

Winston Churchill and Islam

Winston Churchill and Islam

Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. Winston Churchill

Great War US Magazine Covers

Great War US Magazine Covers

  I stopped at a local antique store to buy my wife a Christmas present and found two World War One copies of The Literary Digest. Literary Digest Magazine was first  published in 1890 by Funk and Wagnalls. The final issue was in 1938. The magazine was a general interest magazine that featured the following […]