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Look Out for Black Cats on Halloween!

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What do you get when you combine triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), melanophobia (fear of the color black), and ailurophobia (fear of cats)? The fearless 1920s aerial stunt team “13 Black Cats!”   Have a happy and safe Halloween. Unless, of course, you have a case of samhainophobia (the fear of Halloween). Elizabeth C.   …Continue Reading


#TBT Historical Research Center

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What better way to celebrate the final days of Archives Month than with the social media stalwart Throwback Thursday? Elizabeth Borja shares Polaroids of the National Air and Space Museum Historical Research Center from 1967. Nothing says throwback like Polaroids!  In 1967, the National Air and Space Museum Historical Research Center, an early predecessor to the   …Continue Reading


From the Archives: Window Shopping

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Did you know October is Archives Month? In honor of the event our own archivist, Elizabeth Borja, shares a recent discovery in the collection: Growing up in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, DC, one of the greatest weekend activities for me (aside from visiting Smithsonian museums or the Zoo) was to window shop at   …Continue Reading


Monumental Views

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Every Fourth of July, visitors and locals alike crowd the National Mall to watch the fireworks show with the Washington Monument as one of its focal points. The monument reopened to the public in May 2014 as the last vestiges of scaffolding were removed from it, a visible reminder of the damage caused by a 2011   …Continue Reading


The Stripes of D-Day

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  Seventy years ago, a formation of United States Army Air Forces Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters was photographed as it roared over an unidentified foreign field. It’s hard to spot the familiar US insignia of the white star on a blue circle, but the black and white stripes the Lightnings wear stand out easily – which   …Continue Reading