Thursday, February 1, 2018

The "Americans are dreamers too" Challenge

Calling you out, SBPDL readers.

Over at the official PK Twitter, I've been posting buried images of American history, showcasing American's building our greatest landmarks, technological marvels and structures.

The challenge to you - the "Americans are dreamers too" challenge - is to find even better images than the ones I've posted thus far (look here and scroll down through my Tweets for the images posted thus far).

Post the link to the image you want to nominate for the AADT challenge in the comments section and leave a written description why the image moves you.

I'll select a winner and gladly send you a signed copy of Because We Live Here.


Truth Corps said...

I nominate Thomas Edison, father of numerous inventions but the electric light bulb changed America.
Americans Are Dreamers Too.

LINK to image

Detroit Refugee said...

Bacon Library in Wyandotte has a decent collection of WW2 books. In one of them I saw a pic that's stuck with me for years. It's thousands of whites lining Woodward during a victory parade following our defeat over the Japanese. We dragged around a captured Japanese sub on a flat bed trailer. Back when we were unstoppable.

Now tour that place.

Anonymous said...

Pat Boyle said...

The image of Washington Crossing the Delaware carries several messages.

He had to do something. His command and with it the American cause were in jeopardy. The problem was 'Global Warming' or rather the lack of it.

Washington and our army were in full retreat. The Hessians were in pursuit so Washington parked the Americans behind the Delaware River. If the Hessians were to attack they would have to mount a water borne attack allowing the Americans time to slip away again. But it soon became obvious that the Delaware was about to freeze over which would allow the Hessians to just march into the American camp - ending the Revolution.

The important thing to remember is that the Delaware no longer freezes over in the winter. The American Revolution took place during the last days of the so called "Little Ice Age". The Revolutionary War was the one with all the hardships of cold like Washington crossing the Delaware and the winter at Valley Forge. Just a few decades later the American Civil War was full of incidents where heat was th problem - like Andersonville.

The world got warm in the early part of the nineteenth century - not in the late part of the twentieth century as liberal Democrats like to claim. When the earth got warm again it was long before industrialization put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

I don't think much of the hysteria about Global Warming because I remember why Washington crossed the Delaware.


Anonymous said...

How can Americans be Dreamers, when they are living in a literal nightmare scenario? Being invaded by genetic aliens who are preying on them night and day - both through direct physical assaults, and via transfer payments through welfare programs that take their labor via fiat currency.

We need to END THE NIGHTMARE!! Deport all Mestizos. repatriate Negroids.


I submit this photo for PK's contest:

I don't know how to find/create a "shorter" link, but years ago, when I first saw this photo (post card) I knew America had died. (PS, my family has a long history with Pan American....)

Anonymous said...

Pretty much any photos of American cities from the 1930s-1940s-beautiful, thriving places, filled with all the amenities of city life for the White citizens of that time. You look at those photos and realize just how much has been lost.

commoncents said...

Breaking: House Intelligence Committee releases FISA Memo - read it here!

ps. would you consider adding CC to your blogroll?


Here is a shorter link to the PAA Stratocruiser photo-postcard.

Look how nice the CLEAN the highway is. Even the sky is bluer and cleaner.

Notice the nicely dressed young men with their IN SHAPE wives (no tatts, no cellulite, no half-deformed mixed breed muds............)

That is what we had.

That is what we were until the Tribes combined and attacked us.

It is TRIBAL warfare. Always has been, Always will be...........there is only one solution.

Then, look at this photo and tell me when YOU would have liked to live life. Compare this to today's cattle-car air traffic....and the type of people you will sit besides?

Californian said...

The A.J. Russell photo of the "Last Spike" at Promontory Summit, Utah, 10 May, 1869 – the completion of the Trans-Continetal Railroad...and this without a single GPS: (scroll down)

Gettysburg Reunion 1913: White veterans of the Union and Confederate armies reconcile:

Nikola Tesla, a naturalized (legal immigrant!) citizen, and inventor of much of the 20th century's electrical technology:

Ohio born said...

I live very close to Thomas Edisons hometown. (Less than 10 miles) there are many examples there of his many inventions. When I was 15 I stayed with my grandparents in florida over christmas. My grandma and I went to Edisons lab and saw many of his inventions. Blacks have nothing like this in any country. The only things blacks gain notoriety for are ball sports, and social upheaval.

Anonymous said...

I'm positive they dindu nuffins!

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP/KRQE) — Three airmen assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico have been arrested and accused of rape.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports that the arrests of 24-year-old Senior Airman Thomas Newton, 19-year-old Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edley and 18-year-old Airman 1st Class Rahman Buchanan in Portales stem from an incident early Saturday at a house party in Clovis involving a victim who also is assigned to the base

Each man is accused of second-degree criminal sexual penetration.

The three remain jailed pending appearances in state District Court in Roosevelt County. None of the defendants have attorneys who could comment on the allegations.

Cannon officials say they are conducting a cooperative investigation. They say they can’t speculate right now on any actions judicial or otherwise that may be taken by Cannon Air Force Base. They say they trust the legal system and will let it take its course.


Here is the copy/descripton that I found with the PAA Stratosphere postcard I posted earlier:

"This picture was taken circa. 1951.
The aircraft is taxiing over the eastbound route 678 Van Wyck Expressway at Anderson Field New York International, then commonly known as “Idlewild” airport.
It is headed for runway 13R/31L for take off.
Anderson Field airport would be renamed JFK thirteen years later, in Dec. 1963.

Three cars have pulled over to have a look at the aircraft. In front is a beige 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe on which the brunette in the navy dress is leaning.
Behind it is a yellow 1950 Chevrolet Styleline woodie wagon
and the car behind it is a metallic grey 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe. The passenger door is open and a couple is looking at the aircraft. The man is holding his baby daughter aloft, so she can get a look too."

(link to postcard, same as my previous comment):

D-FENS said...

Just an historical comment: I believe Paul’s photo was taken during or at the conclusion of the Countdown Demonstration Test for Apollo 9. I note that the Saturn V is venting which indicates it is fueled. I doubt such a photo would have been taken on launch day since the astronauts were very busy. Apollo 9 was an under-appreciated flight since it was an earth orbital mission. However, it was the first manned test of the Lunar Module as well as the backpack for the lunar spacesuit.

Here are some other Apollo 9 photos:

Sick n Tired said...

Here's my picks.


No affirmative action hires, make work bs jobs, you either pulled your weight or you didn't work there.

Brian in Ohio said...

We went faster than the speed of sound.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Brian in Ohio said...

We harnessed the power of the atom.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Anonymous said...

I think you meant "our victory over the Japanese" or "our defeat of the Japanese," not "our defeat over the Japanese."

Ex New Yorker said...

I'm not a computer freak so I can't send any photo info. But have you ever seen those great pictures of the guys who hung on cables as they carved away the rock at Mount Rushmore. One of the greatest piece of artwork ever created. I hope it will be there forever

Anonymous said...

"I'm positive they dindu nuffins!"

You are correct! Here are their pictures at the Stars & Stripes website:!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_900/image.jpg

Two of them are still in their teens, an indication they haven't been in the USAF for very long. You can take them out of the jungle (or the hood, but what's the difference?) but you can't take the jungle out of them.

Since they were assigned to Cannon AFB, is this an example of "runways gone wrong" and "bad aircraft parking ramps"? Surely there is some way to blame this on someone or something else.

Raccoon said...

I'm kinda thinking of the photo when the Empire State building was under construction, and the workers sat out on a girder dangling in space, to eat their lunches!

This was, of course, during the Great Depression.

Sam said...

I was stationed at Cannon AFB in the late 60's-early 70's. If an incident such as revealed in the reports had happened when I was there I suspect the local cowboys would have dealt swift and thorough justice to these apes. Lots of places in New Mexico where one could "disappear". Unless, if the victim is black also, then they probably would not have bothered. Not only have these apes violated civilian law, but also have military law to face.

PB said...

"Three cars have pulled over to have a look at the aircraft. In front is a beige 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe on which the brunette in the navy dress is leaning.
Behind it is a yellow 1950 Chevrolet Styleline woodie wagon
and the car behind it is a metallic grey 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe."

And driving by would be a Buick Special or Roadmaster (46-48 type)?

Its just a magic photo.

Bud said...

Three things have influenced the love for my European heritage. The first is reading the encyclopedias of space with Mercury program, etc. which have, or will be, adequately covered here. The second is the XB-70 aircraft, and the third is the lowly microwave oven.

I loved to build model aircraft when I was young and the XB-70 has always been my favorite. One of the greatest engineering achievements in aviation, both technically and within the time it took to go from conception to building a working prototype. Designed as a high speed, high altitude bomber. The first was flown in 1964.
The problem is, when Boeing was ready for production the threat had changed with the success of Russian ground to air missiles, which is of course another white invention, and the project was cancelled.
Here is a photo:

You can read about the inventiveness of this aircraft on Wikipedia.

Boeing only built two. The first was what engineers would call a breadboard, i.e. pieced together to prove the concept to the Air Force. The second was production quality and went through the rigors of putting it together with factory discipline.
They took number two up for a photo shoot and another aircraft clipped one of the wings and down it went. The first (and only) is now displayed at the Air Force museum in Ohio. Extremely fascinating and beautiful aircraft, and by the way was behind the technologies for the SST which was cancelled because of the sonic boom from flying above the speed of sound.

The third thing I am fascinated with is the microwave oven. It really is hard to believe how much this has changed our quality of life. Here is a pretty good photo of my first impressions.

If my grandparents wanted a quick dinner they had to fire up a wood stove and get the pan ready 40 minutes later. My parents had to wait 15 minutes for the gas or electric stove to get hot and another 10 for the pan to heat. Today we can pull something out of the freezer and stuff our pie-holes within minutes. I used to love the photos of white mothers using modern appliances so that they could spend more time nurturing their kids.

Today microwaves are used to warm KFC chicken boxes for section 8 recipients that are too lazy or stupid to prepare a proper meal for themselves, much less their chilluns.

Yes, I had to go ruin it. I almost submitted lynching pictures for the “Americans are Dreamers challenge”. But then I came across the better of myself. Didn’t I?

Anonymous said...

I’m going to go with any photo of America during the depression. No rioting, just a sad, quiet acceptance of a trying time. Americans doing their best with little or nothing.

D-FENS said...

William Shockley led a team at Bell Labs that invented the transistor. He was also a race realist.

James Watson (USA) and Francis Crick (UK) discovered the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule. Watson expressed pessimism about the ability of Africans to adapt to a technological/democratic society and was publically and professionally ostracized to the extent that he had to sell his Nobel Prize medal.

Anonymous said...

Please don't make PK beg or shutdown for support. Surely each of you can afford at least 20 bucks.

Think what it was like when this site was shut down. Think of it as a tax on your sanity. What is it worth to you?

AnalogMan said...

Anonymous said...

I’m going to go with any photo of America during the depression.

I know exactly what you mean. One of the most moving pictures I saw was a photo of a young family in a train yard, catching a ride on a freight train to look for work in another area. Parents, two kids, the mother clearly embarrassed, trying to hide her face. The whole family in good shape, clean, neatly if poorly dressed, and the whole area neat as a pin, no litter anywhere. If the intention was to show how bad they had it back then, it failed miserably. All I got was an aching feeling of how much we have lost.

Anonymous said...

Re: Raccoon's post 5:55pm...

That shot of the Empire State Building construction crew is my desktop background. There is much to be said of fearless men, with no helmets; no safety lines or harnesses. Smoking a cigarette wasn't a social taboo, and the guy on the far right (ha!) is even partaking a little nip of some hooch.

As an aside, if you look below the feet of the third man, you will see a building that appears to be leaning to the right. I have never seen this explained and can only think of 3 possibilities. 1) It's photoshopped (unlikely, but possible) 2) it's some sort of optical illusion, or 3) the building really is leaning. If anyone has an answer to this mystery, I would love to know.

Charles said...

I don't think anything can be better than the picture of the white astronauts with the American flag. That picture sums up the entirety of the true United States.

Ricky Tucker said...
Followed the Shuttle program from day one. Still have buttons from STS 1 and 2... sadly never got to see a launch in person, but will give rides to PK and any others here to Cape Canaveral to watch the first White men leave for Mars.

D-FENS said...

“As an aside, if you look below the feet of the third man, you will see a building that appears to be leaning to the right. I have never seen this explained and can only think of 3 possibilities. 1) It's photoshopped (unlikely, but possible) 2) it's some sort of optical illusion, or 3) the building really is leaning. If anyone has an answer to this mystery, I would love to know.”

The face of the building appears to be at an incline rather than vertical. If the building is still standing, (((google))) earth will show it, unless it is somehow anti-semitic.

FD80215 said...

I second the Chuck Yeager image form Brian in Ohio. I have this same image as my FB cover photo. (Pretty much despise FB but I have a business page on there, and it does get me work) To me, Yeager represents what the USA was and could be again. A true patriot with balls of steel. I arrived on planet earth in the summer of 1970, 14 years later I watched this movie "The Right Stuff" , totally fascinated by all of the men in said movie. Read the book later on and absorbed everything I could about aviation, NASA and the like. These men offered something that is no longer available to kids now, positive white male role models.

I saw the X1 in the Smithsonian quite a few years ago, I must have stood there for half an hour in awe. Yeager flew this tiny rocket ship over the speed of sound , simply astounding to me. The average young white male now doesn't give two shits about this history. The reason being is due to the media. Who is there that is in the mainstream for young white males to look up to? Actors, Rappers?

I admired Yeager and the men of NASA so much that I joined the Air Force, not to be a pilot as that wouldn't have happened , don't see quite well enough. I joined to be around the jets and the action of aviation in general. Did a TDY at Nellis AFB during Red Flag, just about every fighter jet you could imagine was there that summer, it never got old going to work in the hot Nevada sun being on the Flight Line, surrounded by inventions invented by you know who.

Anonymous said...

Just buy and watch "From The Earth to the Moon" for full-on Whiteness and what we can do. Tom Hanks tried to put some black faces in the show as news reporters, but it was clearly an attempt at inclusion. My favorite episodes dealt with imagining, innovating, designing, and creating the lunar lander called the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module), and another episode where a geologist trained the astronauts on what rocks and minerals to look for as they drove around the moon on a specially made go cart. All using special cameras, radar, radios, life support systems, computers, electronics, a radioisotope generator (fueled by spent uranium from nuclear power plants) intended for powering a number of automated experiments, and a whole shitload of other inventions and innovations created by White people to make Apollo happen.

Mark said...

I wouldn’t go down Woodward in a Sherman tank now... especially in Highland Park

Detroit Refugee said...


We won regardless

Detroit Refugee said...


After High School I spent a year on Merritt Island at my Grandmothers home. It was during a visit in '81 that we all witnessed a Space Shuttle launch, & saw the return trip. Couldn't believe what I was seeing with the naked eye, but the Shuttle rode home piggy-back on a jumbo yet type aircraft!!

Mr. Rational said...

a radioisotope generator (fueled by spent uranium from nuclear power plants)

No, it's barely related to that.  And there's a very interesting story behind it.

The isotope of greatest interest for RTGs (Radioisotope Thermal Generators) is a very particular strain of plutonium, Pu-238.  There's a little bit of it made in nuclear reactors, but it's swamped out by the Pu-239, 240 and 241 and isotope separation is very expensive.  (Pu-239 comes from neutron capture in U-238 forming U-239, which decays to Np-239, which decays to Pu-239.  Pu-240 and up come from Pu-239 which captures a neutron without fissioning, which happens about 35% of the time.  The trace of Pu-238 in spent fuel mostly comes from a neutron going into Pu-239 and knocking 2 neutrons out.)

To make high-purity Pu-238, you start with U-235.  U-235 only fissions about 81% of the time when hit by a thermal neutron.  The other 19% of the time, it makes U-236.  U-236 isn't fissile, so it just sits around.  On the off chance it grabs a neutron, it swallows it to make U-237... and a funny thing happens.

U-237 decays to neptunium-237, and Np is chemically distinct from both U and Pu and can be separated.

Separating neptunium from the nuclear ash of uranium fission is costly, but once you have a bunch of it you are one neutron capture from making Np-238, and guess what that does?  It decays fairly rapidly to Pu-238.  So you make it by putting lumps of neptunium into a nuclear reactor, let them soak up neutrons, let them sit for a while and separate out the fresh, new Pu-238.

It's a sufficiently difficult process that probe designers are looking at Sr-90 and even small nuclear reactors instead.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the pictures of the men working at building the Empire State Building is like going on a ride at six flags. Stomach churning. How’d they do that??

Antidote said...

I was about to nominate The Panama Canal but I went to 'Because we Live Here' and saw that Jak Sharkey already has.
I went to the Canal Zone years ago and was taken to a lock. The people with me called me a cornball because I was so impressed. To see a great ocean going vessel rising into the air effortlessly and quickly filled me with wonder, and I guess pride that I was connected to a nation which had made this DREAM a reality.
Yes, a marvel of civil engineering and hydraulics, but also a victory over human suffering and disease--in that malaria had to be understood and fought in order to build the path between the seas.

A couple of days later I visited Colon (!!!!). Wakanda it ain't.

Joy Whitelash said...

Racing what they’ve been building at the salt flats of Bonneville-

Sick n Tired said...

Yeager's biography is one of my favorite books, a really great read.

Anonymous said...

I nominate S. Donald Stookey, the original inventor of PyroCeram, a heat-resistant glass-ceramic that can tolerate exceptionally high temperatures. The discovery of PyroCeram was accidental, but then he actually applied it to something useful to billions: the original Corningware dishes that can be used to cook on stove top, serve food, and freeze, a time saver! The Corningware seen in Supermarkets now are, alas, cheap stoneware that can't be be used on stovetop anymore.

Corningware still produce pyroceram dishware, but the new lids are sodaglass with a green tint that won't survive the dishwasher. I hunt through thrift store hoping to find the mythical Corningware that has a pyroceram bowl and LID, I probably won't find it because that was only produced for a few years.

Anonymous said...

Here's a good page on the invention of pyroceram and classic corningware:

The year was 1952 and Dr. S. Donald Stookey was working in his Research and Development Division lab at the Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY. While testing a type of glass plate used in early TV production, his furnace’s temperature control malfunctioned, causing the glass to be heated to 900 degrees C. The glass should have melted, but it didn’t. Instead it kept its edges and turned a milky white color! When Dr. Stookey took the hot, undamaged glass out of the furnace with his tongs he accidentally dropped it on the floor. To his astonishment, it didn’t break! He quickly named and patented the new glass as Pyroceram. It was first used in industrial and military applications and Corning Glass was soon producing the nosecones for three different missile manufacturers.

Corning Ware, a line of Pyroceram cookware, was introduced in September of 1958 and rolled out by November of that year. It was an immediate hit, thanks in no small part to an aggressive magazine and TV ad campaign. By Christmas Eve of 1958 sales so far outstripped inventory that Corning ran out of stock and announced plans to build a new factory in Martinsville, WV, that would produce only Corning Ware.


Thank you also to Bendix Home Appliances for bringing us the home-use clothes washing and wringing machine in 1937! I can't imagine how exhausted I'll be if I had to handwash ALL of my clothes! It's the wringing that is a hand killer.

Ryan From Iowa said...

Somewhat meta, but if you want a picture of American accomplishment, look at the thing sitting in front of you: the Internet.

It grew out of various American initiatives springing from the Cold War, like ARPA/DARPA net, and has since grown into a tool used by billions of people worldwide. Looking through pictures of the significant contributors to modern computing you'll see almost exclusively white men with a handful of women here and there.

In my opinion, the Internet stands alongside such revolutionary advances as the Haber Process, Electricity, and the Steam Engine in terms of influence on civilization worldwide.

Detroit Refugee said...

Interesting stuff.
I immediately made the leap to a couple if great American inventors;
Les Paul and Leo Fender.

VirginaDare said...

Boy, I wish there was a "like" button here! So many great comments. One in particular brought a tear to my eyes:

"Pretty much any photos of American cities from the 1930s-1940s-beautiful, thriving places, filled with all the amenities of city life for the White citizens of that time. You look at those photos and realize just how much has been lost."

The settlement of our great West comes to mind for me.