All photographs appearing in the Gallery are mine. They come mostly from visits or events and typically showed up in posts in the “Historian’s Journal” category. There are a few photographs that I clearly did not take because I appear in them. The majority of these were taken by family members, but there are some exceptions that were taken by friends or students.
U.S. War Department document TM 30-306
Photographs from the materials my Grandmother kept from her time spent in postwar Germany with my Grandfather, an Army officer.
Published June 22, 1943 by the War Department "is published for military personnel only"
Throughout the guide are cartoons featuring "German" dialogue, though all is written as it should be pronounced, not spelled. Note the wiener dog; he appears each cartoon at varying lengths.
"Welcome to Berlin" Hints for guests travelling to Berlin from foreign countries
"Is there any Night Life? The Night Life of Berlin is in full service and colourful electric signs show the way to a great variety of comfortable bars and night clubs."
"Berlin has an excellent telephone and telegraph service. Long distance telephone calls and telegrams may be sent and accepted to and from all parts of the world.
Light reading for a bus trip through Soviet-occupied East Germany.
Map of Berlin glued and folded into the back of the book
Soviet sector of the city
The sights in Berlin
Potsdamer Platz after the war
Future location of the Berlin Wall
The seat of the German Parliament during days of the monarchy and the Weimar Republic, built in 1884-94.
Thinking about our troops, 5/2/2011
The author and her brother at the Baltimore-Washington Airport the night he deployed to Afghanistan.
My brother, Lt. Col. Anthony Franz, US Air Force, is still deployed in Afghanistan–keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Some thoughts about books, 4/30/2011
A daily-use prayer book brought to Advantage Book Binding for repair.
After the book doctor gave the same prayer book new life.
The papers of Washington-area business man were collected by his son and bound.
A family Bible, close to 100 years old, was rebound and repaired so it could live on in the family.
Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee, 2/26/2011
Announcing the Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee
Annapolis, MD newspaper, The Capital
Contestant #12 - Xanthia Strohl in Round 3
Tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, CCBC, 2/17/11
Bill Peterson (standing, left, in red) and Dr. Cyril O. Byron (seated, right) sign autographs with Doug assisting (standing, right, in red).
Signatures of Tuskegee original Dr. Cyril O. Byron and Tuskegee heritage Bill Peterson
The Civil War Symposium at the National Archives, 11/20/2010
The Civil War: Fresh Perspectives Symposium, National Archives, November 20, 2010
The 37th Washington Historical Studies Conference held at the historic Charles Sumner School
Registered Historic Site: The Charles Sumner School
Charles Sumner School
Conference Workshop on the history of Washington DC newspapers and how they serve as sources
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Springs Museum's exhibit on the Walworth family, featuring a reconstruction of the Walworth parlor.
High Rollers: The High Stakes Gambling Room at the Saratoga Springs History Museum
Canfield Casino in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
Library of Congress
The original access to the main reading room--the youth on the left is learning and the elder on the right is meant to represent wisdom.
Architectural detail of the second floor (exhibit halls) of the Library of Congress
During World War II Hollywood stars took orders and bussed tables for American soldiers, featured on the wall behind Bob Hope.
Erika working with Close Up in Washington DC metro area
Erika, longtime historian(!), sits on the Aegean next to Poseidon's Temple.
Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD
A model of the fort as it appeared during the War of 1812.
Musket firing: 1. Powder in the pan.
Musket firing: 2. Ramrod -- literally ram the musket ball into the barrel with powder and paper.
Musket firing: 3. FIRE! (At the wall for safety, but nevertheless without a musket ball.)