On July 25, 1953, New York City’s subway fare was raised to 15 cents. Instead of making subway riders have three nickels each time, the city introduced the subway token, which became a symbol of the city until it was phased out for the MetroCard in 2003.
Subway token, 1979, metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bella C. Landauer
North America in 1783
The accepted boundaries in 1783, after the Revolutionary War. New Orleans still under dispute. Map was drawn by Robert M.Chapin, Jr., published in the Making of Modern America, a high school text book, published in 1950 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Jan. 9, 1955: Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, spoke to reporters and cameramen on his Gettysburg, Pa., farm. It was unclear if the president had confiscated this camera or wanted a photo of the scrum for himself. Apparently, he had a temper, evidenced in a 1969 article: “Once he topped a tee shot at Augusta and flared up in such anger that Richard Flohr, his Secret Service guard, grew alarmed. Mr. Flohr ran to the general and, in the manner of a top sergeant talking to a buck private, shouted: ‘Now you just cut that out right now, Mr. President. And I mean cut it out, or I’m going to put you in that cart and take you right back to the cottage and lock you in.’ ” His Gettysburg home seemed to have a mellowing effect. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times
In 1972, Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter visited Brazil and remarked on the similarity between American Southerners and Confederados, descendants of Confederates who immigrated to Brazil after the Civil War.
It’s the veep, Richard Nixon, pumping gas for a March of Dimes charity event in 1955. As the British Pathé film notes: Nixon was an old hand at the pump, having worked at his father’s gas station as a teenager.