Friday, July 4, 2008

Remembrance of Independence Days Past

(IntLawGrrls honors this 232d anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with these relics from 4th of July celebrations past, all courtesy of the Libary of Congress' American Memory collection)

Bonneted women sit in an automobile decorated by the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks for the 4th of July parade in Ouray, Colorado, ca. 1910-1914 (photo credit)

Woman identified as "lady aeronaut Mrs. E. Ihling" at a 4th of July balloon race in Chicago, 1908. Lizzie Ihling's ballooning exploits were famous; see too here. (photo credit)

Above, toddlers Ernestine Block and Alberta Metzler sit in their prams, decked in 4th of July bunting, 1897, Crested Butte, Colorado. (photo credit)

Above, sharecroppers' children gather food for "their 4th of July celebration, whites and blacks together," 1936, Hill House, Mississippi. (credit for photo by Dorothea Lange) Below, young women raise hands, each claiming to have won the 4th of July potato race, 1914, Keota, Weld County, Colorado. (credit for photo by Clyde L. Stanley)

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