I’m going to have to talk about Natasha first, because apparently all of my meta is about being Russian.
I’ve seen people complaining about it, but Natasha being from the post-Soviet era is fucking brilliant. I don’t care that it’s different from the comics. Obviously,…
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June 4, 1914: Suffragette Emily Davison brings down the King’s horse Anmar in an act of protest. It was said she was committing suicide or trying to stop the horse; turns out she was trying to attach a symbolic scarf to its bridle. Horse and rider were fine, but Emily died four days later. It was another five years before women got the vote. (x)
The shit we take for granted.
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WHERE ARE MY HISTORY FOLKS.
This archive is incredible. I’ve discovered it today and have just been rolling around the WWII section. So many sad, wonderful, moving and fascinating things captured on film.
IT’S AMAZING, ISN’T IT??
I was turned onto it when my filmmaker buddy was trawling it for a project he was doing, and I kind of fell into it face-first and didn’t surface for a week or so. So much good stuff!
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Captain America’s Roseland Ballroom, 1956-2014.
Roseland closes tonight.
From Captain America #258, June 1981
Caption: On 52nd Street in Manhattan, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, stands one of New York’s celebrated landmarks—a dance hall called Roseland. In this age of new wave, rock ‘n’ roll and disco, it’s a place where a couple can do a slow, romantic shuffle to the music of a big band. And among tonight’s couples are Steve Rogers (perhaps more widely known as Captain America) and his downstairs neighbor Bernadette Rosenthal.
"Strange. I was last here almost forty years ago. It was a victory bonds party. So long ago, yet for me it seems like only yesterday. I’m still young, thanks to the years I spent in suspended animation after the war—but the WAC I danced with should be in her 60s. With children and grandchildren. I’ve seen so much in my life—and yet I’ve lost so much more that can never be regained."
Poor Captain America, fated to outlive everything he’s ever loved.
The legendary Roseland Ballroom. Hosting everything from squeaky clean Steve Rogers to the filthy fun Saint At Large Black Party
My least favorite NYC space for live music, so I’m not sad from a practical standpoint. but history wise, totally sad.
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"Had the Union soundly and quickly defeated the Confederacy, it’s very likely that slavery would have remained. Instead the war dragged on, and the Union was forced to employ blacks in its ranks. The end result—total emancipation—was more a matter of military necessity than moral progress.
"Our greatest president, assessing the contribution of black soldiers in 1864, understood this:We can not spare the hundred and forty or fifty thousand now serving us as soldiers, seamen, and laborers. This is not a question of sentiment or taste, but one of physical force which may be measured and estimated as horse-power and steam-power are measured and estimated. Keep it and you can save the Union. Throw it away, and the Union goes with it.
"The United States of America did not save black people; black people saved the United States of America."
—Ta-Nehisi Coates, Other People’s Pathologies
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- 4 days ago
okay so i’m still pissed about the lack of baseball research for captain america fic so here’s a quick baseball history lesson for you guys who are maybe writing Cap fic :
new york had three professional baseball teams for the first half of the 20th century: the new york yankees, the new york giants, and the brooklyn dodgers. they were all huge rivals. the yankees beat the dodgers in the world series so many times it was akin to a fly bashing its body against glass, trying to escape through a closed window.
Then comes 1958. Money money money. Arguments between management and ownership. Whatever. The Giants and the Dodgers move west. Become the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers (where the rivalry still continues today). Absolute uproar. Heartbreak. Anger. Especially on the part of the Brooklyn fans. Most refused to follow the team west and instead moved onto other teams.
The yankees become the only team in new york until 1962 when the new york mets were founded specifically to take the place of the giants and the dodgers leaving. they took the blue of the dodgers and the orange and NY symbol of the giants.
and thus it still stands today
if you want more information (and you should because baseball history is fascinating), wikipedia is your friend
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If HUGO BOSS holds a special place in the fashion world, it is because its founder, Hugo Boss (1885–1948), set the standard by which all fine uniforms has since been judged.
Hugo Boss wasnt the designer,but rather the supplier of German uniforms.
Boss started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based. However, due to the economic climate in Germany at the time, Boss was forced into bankruptcy. In 1931, he reached an agreement with his creditors, leaving him with six sewing machines to start again. The same year, he became a member of the National Socialist party and a sponsoring member (“Förderndes Mitglied”) of the Schutzstaffel (SS) therefore was economically raised due to their help.He later stated himself that he had joined the party because of their promise to end unemployment and because he felt “temporarily” withdrawn from the Lutheran church.He joined the German Labour Front in 1936, the Reich Air Protection Association in 1939, and the National Socialist People’s Welfare in 1941. His sales increased from 38,260 RM in 1932 to over 3,300,000 RM in 1941, while his profits increased in the same period from 5,000 RM to 241,000 RM. Though he claimed in a 1934/1935 advertising that he had been a “supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924”, such supplies are probable since 1928/1929 and certain since 1934, when he became an Reichszeugmeisterei-licensed (official) supplier of uniforms to the Sturmabteilung, Schutzstaffel, Hitler Youth, National Socialist Motor Corps, and other party organizations. To meet demand in later years of the war, Boss used about 30 to 40 prisoners of war and about 150 forced (i.e. slave) labourers, from the Baltic States, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union.According to German historian Henning Kober, the company managers were “avowed Nazis”, “the Boss were all great admirers of Adolf Hitler”, and Hugo Boss himself had in 1945 in his apartment a photograph of himself with Hitler taken in the latter’s Obersalzberg retreat.
In a 1946 judgement, based on his early party membership, his financial support of the SS and the uniforms delivered to the National Socialist party even before 1933, Boss was considered both an “activist” and a “supporter and beneficiary of National Socialism”. He was stripped of his voting rights, his capacity to run a business and, fined “a very heavy penalty” of 100,000 marks.He died in 1948 but his business survived.
In 1997, the company appeared in a list of Swiss dormant accounts, which stirred the publication of articles highlighting the involvement of Hugo Boss with the Nazis.In 1999, American lawyers filed lawsuits in New Jersey, on behalf of survivors or their families, for the use of forced workers during the war. The company did not comment on these law suits but reiterated an earlier statement that it would “not close its eyes to the past but rather deal with the issues in an open and forthright manner”. It sponsored research by German historian Elisabeth Timm. Nevertheless, after Timm told the press of her findings, the company declined to publish them. In December 1999, an agreement was reached between the German government and a group of American class-action lawyers, Jewish groups, and the United States government to set a $5.1 billion fund, financed equally by German industry and the German government, to compensate slave laborers used by the Germans in World War II. Hugo Boss agreed to participate in this fund,for an amount which was estimated by some sources to be “about € 752 000”, while others considered the firm “finally paid an absolute minimum into the compensation fund”.
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ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.
There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.
Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?
Based on a VERY FAST speed-read of the Smithsonian panel, which I have yet to see a good screen grab or transcription of, Bucky enlisted in 1941, following Pearl Harbor, which was mentioned specifically in the panel text (could also be 1942, i.e. the winter of ‘41-‘42). I’m reasonably sure it said “enlisted.” It also listed his training base as, I think, a (probably fictional) Camp McCoy? That only stood out because it wasn’t Lehigh, which surprised me. Whether or not that’s right, the answer’s definitely in that panel.
i love fandom
My headcanon all along was that Bucky was drafted rather than enlisted, because that adds Extra Agony to this already agonizing relationship. I like the idea that Bucky was kind of unsuited to combat, so while we tend to think of him as this scrappy streetfighter guy, he was never really a natural soldier in the way that Steve was as soon as he left the USO. In another life, Bucky would’ve wound up in a string of random jobs helping to put Steve through art school, and then he’d get dragged along once Steve started getting more and more involved in local politics and human rights campaigns and stuff because Steve always wanted to chang the world, even if it was right there in NYC. :(((
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“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.”
—William Gibson, Idoru
It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….
Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.
And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….
Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.
“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….
Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.
This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….
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"FEELS" HAS BEEN A LEGIT TERM SINCE AT LEAST 1782:
— The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman.
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, really wrote a real letter to her mother complaining about the feels in 1782.
I love everything.
I KNOW THIS FEEEEEL
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[Image: A late 1800’s photograph in sepia tones showing Mary Bowser, a Black woman wearing a dress from that period and holding a closed umbrella almost like a cane, looking straight ahead.]
Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
This needs to be a movie. Like, now.
I’d watch this movie.
How is this not a movie?
*throws money at Hollywood*
Apparently this is a picture of a different Mary Bowser, which on the one hand is kind of a pity because this Ms. Bowser looks pretty badass, and on the other hand is hilariously appropriate — she’s such a good spy, she’s kept her cover for over a century!
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