Covering the Space Program
NASA doesn’t need much help selling the idea that space is super-awesome, but these covers for manuals and press conference notes from the golden age of spaceflight sure don’t hurt. They are going up for auction later this month. I wouldn’t mind having one or two of those hanging in my house, eh?
Meanwhile, in awesome space-related news.
WHY ISNT NASA ON TUMBLR. SERIOUSLY, NASA, HIT ME UP.
March 13, 1993: a powerful snowstorm with the “heart of a blizzard and the soul of a hurricane” rammed the East Coast, spawning tornadoes and 6-foot snowdrifts, killing 33 people and cutting power to 2.5 million homes. A week later, this photo, showing a woman struggling against the elements on 14th Street, appeared with a blurb about the reeling insurance industry, which struggled to cover the billions of dollars of recent storm damage. Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
Iconic Newsweek covers from the 60s and 70s. RIP.
My favorite Newsweek cover of all time. (And not just because of that VELVET BODYSUIT.) #newsweek #lesbians #retro #1990s cc @thedailybeast (Taken with Instagram at 1993 (Yes! Really!))
Remembering Sally Ride, 1951-2012
Not everyone’s life resolves itself so neatly into yes-or-no decisions, taken in an instant and never looked back upon or regretted, but, if Sally Ride’s life proves anything, it is that the very smart are different from you and me.
Newsweek June 13, 1983
“Others will follow, and will surely find their way home.”
“In Event of Moon Disaster”, July 18, 1969.
White House speechwriter, William Safire, was asked to write a speech that President Nixon would make in case the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon.
It was never delivered, and this speech was quietly tucked away into Nixon’s records.
Source: Nixon Library
Happy Birthday To Nelson Mandela, Who Is 94 Today
An army of mannequins stacked up in a warehouse in Long Island, 1970. From the @nytimes photo morgue. #photography #archives #nyc #mannequins (Taken with Instagram)
Let Your Interviews Be Heard… And Seen
Old tapes. New unheard stories. We bring journalists’ lost interviews back to life via podcast, radio and YouTube. The future of journalism? Remixing the past. What do you have on tape? Tell us what’s in your archives.
Attn: Journalist friends! This is pretty awesome. Brought to you by former Newsweeker and ABC Producer David Gerlach.
Mediterranean Beach Scene — Members of the Women’s Army Corps stationed in North Africa. Recreational periods mean time off from the war., ca. 06/28/1944
PICTURE DEPT is a new venue for photography presented by the award-winning Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo teams. As photo sharing has exploded online with services like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and others, there has never been more content available for viewing. But as more great, new photography venues are created, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the seemingly endless stream—and to find the very best of what’s out there. PICTURE DEPT is designed to both filter and condense this information into a single resource. The site includes curated photo features and recommendations of the best of what is happening in photography—not just from Newsweek & The Daily Beast but also from Tumblr, around the Web, and the world beyond the computer screen.
About the name:
When we decided to create a photo Tumblr, we turned to the amazing Newsweek archives for inspiration, and there we discovered a battered metal box that contained hundreds of faded yellow 4 x 6 note cards. On each card was the date of an issue of the magazine and the complete listing of its photo spreads. And they were all titled “PICTURE DEPT”, the original moniker of the photo department. The cards ranged in date from the 1930’s - 1970’s and reminded us of the amazing legacy of the magazine. So we decided to resurrect Picture Dept for the 21st century.
Awesome. This is going to be great, in the spirit of the Lively Morgue, but with even more community engagement. Congrats guys!
Written on April 13, 1989, this letter was sent from second-grader Kelli Middlestead of the Franklin School in Burlingame, California, to Walter Stieglitz the Regional Director of the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, lamenting the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989.