Funny Animals, the Swinburne Institute, and Iwo-Jima

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Happy Friday! Thank you to all the institutions and individual users that have joined and started using Historypin this week, we have come across some wonderful Channels recently. Here in London, where everyone is in denial over the fact that winter has started, let’s keep warm and cozy with some Friday Favourites:

Pin of the Week

Goat stealing a horse's food, April 18, 1895.

For the Pin of the Week, I thought it would be fun to showcase two great Channels through their fun animal-themed photos. This first one, of a goat cheekily stealing a horse’s food, continues the surprising goat-themed week we have been having here at Historypin. The Samuel Butler Project, who have pinned the photo, have many more animal-centric photos from the prolific Victorian photographer of the same name, including sheep and horses on steamers and a man with a monkey. Butler travelled around Europe extensively during the 1800’s and captured the charming, humorous, and poignant slices of life, and this photo is just one great example.

Seal meets man on site of the 'Cities Service Boston' wreck, 1943.

The second is from the Shellharbour Libraries and Museum in New South Wales, Australia, of a man meeting a seal on the beach. The photo was taken on the site of a shipwreck in 1943, in which soldiers from the 6th Australian Machine Gun Battalion AIF rescued the entire crew of 62 Americans, tragically losing four soldiers in the process. A memorial to their bravery now stands on the northern side of Bass Point in Shellharbour. I like the way that this fun photo unexpectedly tells a larger story of local heroism.

Check out the Samuel Butler Project’s Channel here, and the Shellharbour Libraries and Museums’ Channel here.

Pinner of the Week

Fighting boys by the Domestic Economy Building, 1911-1917.

Pinner of the Week is the wonderful Swinburne University of Technology, who have been pinning some great photos of campus life reaching back to the early 20th century. Founded by George Swinburne in 1908, this Melbourne, Australia-based campus holds thousands of historical photographs illustrating the rich history of learning and teaching at the institution. Swinburne’s Channel provides a snapshot of retro learning, from dressmaking and laundry to blacksmith and practical plumbing classes.

Junior laundry class, 1915.

Drum-up some school nostalgia by viewing more photos on Swinburne’s Channel.

Story of the Week

The Battle of Iwo Jima, February 1945.

Story of the Week comes from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, who have pinned some haunting photos of The Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945. Many capture Invasion Beach, where 61,000 American marines poured onto in one of the bloodiest and final campaigns of World War II. The battle was marked by changes in Japanese defense tactics-troops no longer defended at the beach line but rather concentrated inland; consequently, the marines experienced initial success but then got bogged down in costly attritional warfare.

The Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945.

These photos were taken by Richard H. Stotz, a combat photographer during World War II who was dispatched to Iwo Jima’s front lines to capture the battle as it was taking place. The job of a combat photographer was very dangerous because they were never heavily armed, usually carrying only a single weapon and their camera equipment. Photographs taken during a combat assault, like Iwo Jima, were rarely developed in the field.  The photographers’ film was sent out by plane or naval ship to an alternate location to be developed.  Interestingly, photographers usually never saw the actual photographs. Photos like these of Iwo Jima were used for training purposes, and to identify any mistakes that may have occurred.  Today, these images of Stotz’s comrades, Japanese prisoners, downed military airplanes and combat operations are valuable historical records and memories.

Check out more photos at their Channel here.