Frankfurt, West Germany, February 1951: Four of the baseball notables who will be taking part in the week-long EUCOM Baseball and Softball Coaches and Officials clinic relax at Rhein-Main airport after a 27-hour flight from the States. From left to right are players Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jerry Coleman of the New York Yankees; former Giants and Cardinals great Frankie Frisch; and longtime Chicago Cubs manager Charlie Grimm. Coleman was a Marine Corps aviator in World War II and Korea; Musial served in the Navy during World War II.
The link between race and political power in early America echoes in complicated ways, from the racial inequities that persist to this day to the polarizing fights over voting rights and the way history is taught in schools.
Chelsey Brown was at a Manhattan flea market last summer when she saw an old handwritten letter. On a whim, she decided, “I’m just going to buy this item for a dollar, take it home with me, and try to trace it.”
South Vietnam, May 1968: Refugees flee gunfire and burning buildings near Tan Son Nhut air base on the outskirts of Saigon. South Vietnamese authorities said at noon on May 9 that about 46,000 people had taken refuge in central Saigon since the beginning of a Viet Cong offensive five days earlier; they estimated that another 14,000 would arrive by nightfall.
Long Binh, Vietnam, February 1972: Sammy Davis Jr. talks with one of the 15,000 service members who were on hand for his USO-sponsored show. Other performers included Davis’ wife, Altovise, and folk singer Lynn Kellogg.