Bachelors have long been the butt of much humor – some of it burlesque, some of it dark. To help alleviate their condition and allow them to escape the fate traditionally assigned to lonely, single men, legend and folklore give maidens the right to pop the question themselves once every four years.
In the earliest years of the 20th century no holiday inspired a larger number or a more beguiling display of colorful, historic and patriotic postcards than did Memorial Day.
Legend has it that many an Irishman, upon departing his native village for the trek that would take him across the ocean to America, would pause for a second and then tuck a bit of turf into his slender luggage.
As early as the 1890s, Americans began reading about the new “moving pictures” in general interest publications. A few short-lived periodicals devoted exclusively to “the flickers” appeared and disappeared in the opening years of the 20th century.
Launched more than 200 years ago as one of our young nation’s earliest fighting ships, the U.S.S. Constitution – affectionately called Old Ironsides by generations of Americans – has long been a most beloved natural symbol of liberty and freedom.
He may be “Mr. President” to the rest of the nation and a feared and respected world leader abroad, but at home around the White House, he’s just plain old “Dad,” “Pop” or “Daddy,” to his kids. Father’s Day has often been a holiday celebrated at the nation’s executive mansion.