Photographs, Coins (American) 1884 - 1929

Various coins and photographs, American 1884 - 1929, Oproot Collection
The 1884 silver dollar coin was struck the same year the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid in New York Harbor.





The 1901 Indian Head penny, Engraver James B. Longacre advocated for the Indian Head design in an August 21, 1858 letter:

From the copper shores of Lake Superior, to the silver mountains of Potosi from the Ojibwa to the Aramanian, the feathered tiara is as characteristic of the primitive races of our hemisphere, as the turban is of the Asiatic. Nor is there anything in its decorative character, repulsive to the association of Liberty … It is more appropriate than the Phrygian cap, the emblem rather of the emancipated slave, than of the independent freeman, of those who are able to say “we were never in bondage to any man”. I regard then this emblem of America as a proper and well defined portion of out national inheritance; and having now the opportunity of consecrating it as a memorial of Liberty, ‘our Liberty’, American Liberty; why not use it? One more graceful can scarcely be devised. We have only to determine that it shall be appropriate, and all the world outside of us cannot wrest it from us.



The 1901 coin was struck the same year the first great Texas oil gusher was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas. Spindletop quickly started producing more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Up until that time, no oil field in the world had ever been so productive.



The 1912 Liberty Head V Nickel (struck 1883-1912) coin was struck the same year the RMS Titanic sank.



E pluribus unum is Latin for "Out of many, one". Originally, the phrase was meant that out of many states (colonies) emerge a single nation. In recent years, the meaning suggests that out of many people and cultures emerge a single nation



The 1916 buffalo nickel coin was struck during World War 1 (1914-1918) and replaced the Liberty Head V Nickel.

During a 1947 radio interview, Fraser discussed the design of the buffalo nickel: "Well, when I was asked to do a nickel, I felt I wanted to do something totally American—a coin that could not be mistaken for any other country's coin. It occurred to me that the buffalo, as part of our western background, was 100% American, and that our North American Indian fitted into the picture perfectly"





1917 - During World War 1, Germany sank multiple US ships by submarine, US President Woodrow Wilson called for war on Germany. The US Congress declared war on April 6, 1917 and entered World War I. The US drafted 2.8 million men for the war effort on the side of the United Kingdom, France, and the Russian Empire.



1917 - Photograph taken in Siberia, 20 ft below sea-level







The Treaty of Versailles was signed with Germany June 28, 1919 and started the process of ending World War 1.





The 1921 Silver Dollar
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 was awarded to Albert Einstein "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".



1920s - Richard Roy, Savana Turner, and Baby Bertha Leola Cosby in an apartment on Chandler Avenue in Evansville, Indiana





In 1915:
- The first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put in place.
- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel tower.




In 1915:
- There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
- 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.
- There were about 230 reported murders in the entire US.
- The population of Las Vegas was only 30.




In 1915:
- The average income was approximately $500 per year.
- Purchasing a home was approximately $3200.
- Harvard's annual tuition was $160.




In 1915:
- A gallon of gas was $0.25.
- There were only 62 countries.
- The most expensive text book at $2.50 was Elements of Descriptive Geometry.
- The population of the world was 1.8 billion.
- Life expectancy for males was 47-52 years and 56 years for females.




In 1915:
- The first coast-to-coast telephone call was placed by Alexander Graham Bell in NYC to San Francisco
- Pluto was photographed, but not listed as a planet.




In 1915:
- More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
- Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write.
- Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn't been invented.




Richard Roy, Savana, Bertha Leola, and Mary Elizabeth Cosby pictured with the Ford Model T.

Known as the first affordable automobile, the Ford Model T was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company. Ford utilized assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting. The first Model T left the factory September 27, 1908. Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford leave the assembly line May 26, 1927.

Regarding the Model T Ford, Henry Ford made the statements: "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black."

"I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."
- My Life and Work by Henry Ford, Samuel Crowther 1922, Pages 72, 73



1920 - Dora Tutt Dobson Hill in Big Spring, Texas



1920 - Jesse Daniel Dobson



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