This isn’t a prop, but a real gun that used to be commonly used in commercial waterfowl hunting. They were called “punt guns,” because they were used in a kind of boat called a “punt.” The guns fired almost a pound of shot, and could kill fifty birds in one shot. Unsurprisingly, they were outlawed when they devastated wild bird populations.
Mount Rushmore was originally supposed to be much larger than it is. Here, the monument’s designer Gutzon Borglum is seen scrutinizing the scale model. Only the heads were completed, as the project ran out of money.
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24. The last public execution in America
The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14, 1936. It was the last public execution in the United States. The event was an item of national interest because Bethea was to be hanged by Florence Thompson, the sheriff of Davies County. Arthur L. Hash, a former policeman from Louisville, offered to pull the trigger for her, and she accepted. But on the day of the execution, Hash showed up drunk and missed his cue. A deputy did it instead, and America was disappointed.
This throwback (literally) photo shows actor Tommy Lee Jones in his high school football uniform. He’s a senior here, at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas. Laura Bush went to the same school.
This photograph has been fairly famous since it was originally published in The News Chronicle in 1937, with the headline “Every picture tells a story.” It shows two upper-class British youths standing with an air of impetuousness next to a group of three boys who had ditched school for the day. Many of them ended up having troubled lives.