Decades in Review: A Photographic History Journey

By Sophia Maddox | May 7, 2024

The 1930 Steam Line KJ Henderson motorcycle is from the past but looks like it's from the future

You've heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You'll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren't just informative, they're a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!

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As cool as this motorcycle looks, it’s hard to imagine hopping on this sleek, aerodynamic ride and taking it for a cruise through the city streets. After all, the hoods around the tires all but ensure that turning the bike more than a little bit will topple the whole bike. The bike’s designer, Orley Ray Courtney, believed that the motorcycle industry didn’t do anything to protect riders or their machinery from the weather hence the curved, vertical-bar grille, Unfortunately the bike was not only hard to ride but it was hard to manufacture as well. By the early 1940s exposed tires became the preferred style among riders and the KJ Streamline fell out of fashion.

Mr.Rogers and Officer Clemmons, the first black supporting character on children's television

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Anyone who grew up watching Mr. Rogers remembers Officer Clemmons, the kind hearted police officer who often stopped by the neighborhood to say hello. When Clemmons appeared on the program in 1969 it was the first instance of a recurring black character on a children’s series. Even though it was a largely important role, one that established a positive portrayal of a black authority figure on television, Clemmons was unsure about accepting the role. He said:

Fred came to me and said, ‘I have this idea, you could be a police officer.’ That kind of stopped me in my tracks. I grew up in the ghetto. I did not have a positive opinion of police officers. Policemen were sicking police dogs and water hoses on people. And I really had a hard time putting myself in that role. So I was not excited about being Officer Clemmons at all.