He had a deep voice and a soft playful smile, and he knew all the history of his hometown of Alton, Illinois, and he liked to take photographs of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus that he was part of.
And in so many ways he was just a kid, sixteen, doing normal activities such as serving as the advertising manager for his school’s yearbook.
But he always stood out. For Robert Wadlow was tall. Very tall. By sixteen, which is when this photograph was taken, he was almost eight feet tall. And he would continue to grow. All the way to a height of 8 feet 11.1 inches.
His rapid growth left him with brittle bones. Rarely did he walk without leg braces and a cane. And while he had relatively good health in his youth, Robert had little feeling in his legs and feet as he grew older.
He passed away at the age of 22 from an infection, caused by a faulty brace which irritated his ankle and led to a blister. At the time of his death, it was said that he was still growing.
Note: Photograph is of Robert and his father, taken in 1938.
Sources: http://bit.ly/2s0joj0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTAXzJbIOBQ, https://www.reddit.com/…/a_20_year_old_robert_wadlow_the_w…/
Kindertransport was the informal name of a program started in 1938 to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany.
First pushed by a group of Jewish and Quaker leaders, the program was adopted by the British government in a bill that “stated that the British government would waive certain immigration requirements so as to allow the entry into Great Britain of unaccompanied children ranging from infants up to the age of 17.”
When the program was announced to British citizens, around 500 households volunteered.
Children who were selected for rescue would have to leave their families behind. Once in the UK, they would be housed in foster homes or in a camp. Which meant that for many of the kids that came, they would never see their parents again.
Close to 10,000 kids were saved over about nine months.
Source: http://www.kwu.edu/about-the-kindertransport-of-jewish-chil… & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindertransport
A literacy teacher instructs 87-year-old Julia Wilson in Birmingham, Alabama.
A snapshot of life, 1938.
Before she became famous as an actress in All in the Family, Maude, and Golden Girls, Bea Arthur worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during WWII.
She received an honorable discharge.
“I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.”
Isidor Straus was co-founder of the Macy’s Department Store. Ida Straus was his wife. The couple was known for their shared love; almost always together and writing daily to each other when apart.
On April 14th, 1912, they were passengers on the Titanic. As the ship began to sink, Ida alone was offered a seat in a lifeboat. She refused. “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go,” she said to her husband.
The two were then offered a seat together in another lifeboat. But with many women and children still on the Titanic, Isidor refused to take the seat. Once again, his wife refused as well.
Passengers remarked that what they saw was a “most remarkable exhibition of love and devotion.”
The couple were last seen sitting side by side on Titanic’s Boat Deck.
“If you’re walking with your lady on the sidewalk, I still like to see a man walking street-side, to protect the lady from traffic. I grew up with that, and I hate to see something like that get lost. I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing. If I sound old-fashioned, it’s because I’m as old as I am! But it’s just polite.”
– Betty White