It seems some toys have their roots in ancient civilization. Like children of today, playing with toys was a favorite past time in the ancient world. This artifact is part of the Berlin antiquities collection. The yo-yo is probably one of the oldest toys. It is believed early yo-yo toys were either made out of […]Read more "Boy Playing With a Terracotta Yo-Yo (440 B.C.E)"
Yemen had been unified in 1990. North and South Yemen were no longer two states. President Abdullah Ali Saleh became president of a unified Yemen, however there were political and economic challenges. Unemployment and underdevelopment was a consistent national problem. The George H.W. Bush administration provided aid to the country and was attempting to improve […]Read more "Abdullah Ali Saleh Meets George H.W. Bush (1990)"
This is a stamp produced in the Soviet Union honoring Nelson Mandela. Russia was involved in undermining white minority colonial rule in the South African region. The Ronald Reagan administration during this time chose a policy of constructive engagement. This was nothing more than being an apologist for the Apartheid regime. The ANC was a […]Read more "Nelson Mandela Stamp (1988)"
This documentary was produced in 1983 discussing the newly independent state of Zimbabwe. The country had defeated colonialism and white minority rule. The Ian Smith regime was removed and elections were held. During this period Robert Mugabe served as Prime Minister beginning in 1980. ZANU and ZAPU had to work on building a nation damaged […]Read more "The New Zimbabwe (1983)"
This is a newsreel in which Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini praises the United States of America. Here he is extending in his words a hand of friendship to the United States. Ideologically Fascist Italy and the US could never have normal relations. Fascism is opposed to civil rights and civil liberties. Democracy was in the […]Read more "Benito Mussolini Salutes the Great American People (1927)"
Mary Shelly ushered in modern science fiction with the publication of Frankenstein . The novel about Victor Frankenstein with his knowledge of science created a monster has captivated readers and has been adapted into films. This is the first edition released to the public . It should be noted that Shelly’s name does not appear on […]Read more "The First Edition of Frankenstein (1818)"
This photograph is significant in many ways. It demonstrates the passing of the torch to a new generation of athletes. Muhammad Ali boxer and human rights activist paved the way for many African American athletes. His activism did not just focus on the peace movement and civil rights, but equality within the sports world. Wilma […]Read more "Muhammad Ali, Wilma Rudolph, and Florence Griffith Joyner"