Independence Day, Library of Congress style

Vale, Oregon 1941
This picture looks like reading a John Steinbeck novel feels.

I love old pictures–to see faces, clothing, expressions caught in time. I am so grateful that the Library of Congress keeps such a vast archive of Americana.

Plus, I am feeling both under the weather and oddly patriotic in the nostalgic sense. I will spare you the pictures of me in the neighborhood 1976 Independence parade, even though I did win the cutest costume award. And hey, it’s still July.

I am also feeling the need to be positive. So, enjoy a brief interlude of complete positivity. No lynchings, no crooks, just a mini scrapbook of America. Hey, it’s hokey, but I can be hokey. You know this. (and you secretly like it)

1777 American flag
1777 American flag
Independence – Our Country’s Dream or The 4th of July.” Words and music by A.W. Van Dorston, 1918
Independence – Our Country’s Dream or The 4th of July.” Words and music by A.W. Van Dorston, 1918
Sharecropper families gathering items for their Fourth of July celebration in Hill House, Mississippi, in 1936. Photo by Dorothea Lange. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection
Sharecropper families gathering items for their Fourth of July celebration in Hill House, Mississippi, in 1936. Photo by Dorothea Lange. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection
“The Fourth of July – The Day Before,” ca. 1906. Stereograph copyrighted 1906 by E.W. Kelley. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
“The Fourth of July – The Day Before,” ca. 1906. Stereograph copyrighted 1906 by E.W. Kelley. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Americana from LOC
Music and lyrics by Waldron Shear, 1880
Chinese women participate in July 4 parade in New York City, ca. 1910-15. Photo published by Bain News Service. George Grantham Bain Collection
Chinese women participate in July 4 parade in New York City, ca. 1910-15. Photo published by Bain News Service. George Grantham Bain Collection

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution * Kathleen DuVal

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence * Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese

Wives of the Signers * Mary W. Green

Parading Patriotism: Independence Day Celebrations in the Urban Midwest, 1826-1876 (Early American Places) * Adam Criblez

and, the great man himself, John Steinbeck: East of Eden (Read this, look at that farming picture every couple of chapters, see if I’m not right)

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