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Joe DiMaggio and son at Marilyn’s funeral. Despite a turbulent short marriage, later he would become a dear friend to Marilyn. He asked to re-marry her 4 days before she died. ‘After Monroe’s death, DiMaggio claimed her body and arranged her funeral. For 20 years, he had a half-dozen red roses delivered to her crypt three times a week.’  
Now if that is not dedicated love, then I don’t know what is… 

This breaks my heart.

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The Four Beauties or Four Great Beauties are four ancient Chinese women, renowned for their beauty. The scarcity of historical records concerning them meant that much of what is known of them today has been greatly embellished by legend. They gained their reputation from the influence they exercised over kings and emperors and consequently, the way their actions impacted Chinese history. Three of the Four Beauties brought kingdoms to their knees, and the lives of all four ended in tragedy or under mysterious circumstances.


In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women’s division) with a time of 3:07:29.


Meet the great-grandfather of email! In 1918, the country was introduced to Airmail (or Airplane mail, as some called it). This letter addressed to B.W.H. Poole on July 15, 1918 (exactly 93 years ago!) - found in the Benjamin K. Miller collection of United States stamps via our digital gallery - was sent from Washington, DC to New York during one of the first flights of Airmail. It cost 16 cents… a bit more expensive than your standard mail back in the day.  

This version of Airmail didn’t last very long, as most folks tended to use the cheaper rates for mail sent by train. But, we’ve come a long since then! Wouldn’t you say, Tumblers?


Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer, was the first woman ever to wear a bikini, in a July 11, 1946 showing for the press at the fashionable Piscine Molitor in Paris on July 11th 1946. The bikini was so small it could fit into a matchbox, like the one she’s holding. Unsurprisingly, Bernardini received plenty of fan mail. 


My recent allowance is 40¢. This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of childhood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and in five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose. When I a a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs, poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I can’t use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.


Letters of Note: A Plea for a raise, By Jack Kennedy

Written by a 10-year-old JFK to his dad who asked him to put his allowance raise request in writing.

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System: New York City Transit Line: IRT East Side Line Location: City Hall
Photo © John-Paul Palescandolo

New York City’s beautifully restored City Hall Subway Station has been closed to the public for decades, however enterprising subway riders can view this secret station by riding an out-of-service 6 train.

While the station may be closed, and very few straphangers have actually seen it, the track on which City Hall Station is located is not abandoned. The #6 trains still pass through it on their way northbound, reversing direction using the loop for the journey back to the Bronx. In fact, to get to City Hall station, one must ride on an out-of-service #6 train. To get out, the motorman would key open a single end door to allow visitors to step carefully out onto the platform. First-time visitors are awe-struck at the station’s huge glass and brick arches and tiling. From time to time the NY Transit Museum has tours of this station, but these have been suspended due to perceived security risks in the area around City Hall.

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