Feb 022020
 

The Penitentiary/Asylum on Blackwell’s Island, now Roosevelt Island, in the 1910s. Built in 1832, it was demolished in the 1930s.


Jan 112020
 

The Fenestrelle Fortress, better known as the Fenestrelle Fort is a fortress overlooking Fenestrelle. It is the symbol of the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is the biggest alpine fortification in Europe, having a surface area of 1,300,000 m². The fortress, built by Savoy between 1728 and 1850 under the design of the architect Ignazio Bertola, guards the access to Turin via the Chisone valley and stands at altitudes between 1,100 and 1,800 m. The territory was acquired in 1709 by the Duchy of Savoy (later known as the Kingdom of Sardinia) after the defeat of the French at Fort Mutin (Fenestrelle).

Jan 022020
 

Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. Forrest, the eldest brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; Howard, the middle brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father’s business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought.

White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut — whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the “wettest county in the world.” In the twilight of his career, Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads trying to find the Bondurant brothers, piece together the clues linking them to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and break open the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men — their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires — to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.

Dec 092019
 

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By Artistic Ave Productions – Own work, – CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Sep 292019
 

William H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, William F. Petillon, Charles E. Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Michael Francis “Frank” McLean and Cornelius “Neil” Brown.

Sep 292019
 

Aug 142019
 

© Artistic Ave Productions
By Artistic Ave Productions – Own work, – CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Jul 222019
 

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Navy from Houston, Texas on August 15, 1942, at the age of 12.

Calvin Leon Graham
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Seaman First Class Calvin Graham in 1942
Born April 3, 1930
Canton, Texas
Died November 6, 1992 (aged 62)
Fort Worth, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1942–1943
1948–1951
Rank Seaman first class – USN
Corporal – USMC[1]
Unit USS South Dakota
Battles/wars World War II

Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal (1+1 “V” Device
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart

Graham’s decorations and military awards, as finally settled circa 1994 after intervention by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton:

V

Bronze star

Bronze star
Bronze star

1st Row Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”
2nd Row Purple Heart Medal Navy Unit Commendation
with service star
American Campaign Medal
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal 
with two service stars
World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal

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