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Horace Hopkins Coolidge, age 22, on his graduation from Harvard College, class of 1852. (Harvard Archives)

Among the many gifts his fairy godmother endowed on Horace Coolidge were a genial charm of manner, a rare tenderness and a spirit of living kindness, and a loyalty in friendship which made him dearly loved by all who knew him.

After graduating, he did what many young men of his time did, and traveled to Egypt for two years, returning to Boston to marry his sweetheart and become a lawyer. 

Horace Hopkins Coolidge, age 22, on his graduation from Harvard College, class of 1852. (Harvard Archives)

Among the many gifts his fairy godmother endowed on Horace Coolidge were a genial charm of manner, a rare tenderness and a spirit of living kindness, and a loyalty in friendship which made him dearly loved by all who knew him.

After graduating, he did what many young men of his time did, and traveled to Egypt for two years, returning to Boston to marry his sweetheart and become a lawyer. 

From submitter Chris Black:
Written on the back of this photo is written “Velma I Love You, Fred”  Velma was my grandmother. I have no idea who Fred was.

From submitter Chris Black:

Written on the back of this photo is written “Velma I Love You, Fred”  Velma was my grandmother. I have no idea who Fred was.

Portrait of an unidentified man (c. 1844-1860) by Matthew Brady’s studio (Library of Congress)
Just one of the beautiful decayed daguerreotypes featured at The Public Domain Review

Portrait of an unidentified man (c. 1844-1860) by Matthew Brady’s studio (Library of Congress)

Just one of the beautiful decayed daguerreotypes featured at The Public Domain Review

Submitter Sara G. sends in this class officers list from 1915, noting that treasurer George Donnell is a dead ringer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and thus, Robert Todd Lincoln?)

Submitter Sara G. sends in this class officers list from 1915, noting that treasurer George Donnell is a dead ringer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and thus, Robert Todd Lincoln?)

From the submitter juliekrose:
This is a photo of my great-grandfather John Myklebust, between 1905 and 1910. He emigrated from Norway to North Dakota, and lived to be 97.

From the submitter juliekrose:

This is a photo of my great-grandfather John Myklebust, between 1905 and 1910. He emigrated from Norway to North Dakota, and lived to be 97.

Five members of the Georgetown baseball team, 1928. (via Shorpy)

Five members of the Georgetown baseball team, 1928. (via Shorpy)

Daniel Tohill, age 27, 1908. Mugshot via the New Zealand Police Museum. Tohill was acquitted of stealing a bicycle but found guilty and sentenced to four months hard labor in prison for stealing a fur necklet.
This married father of three had two previous convictions, which included stealing from a railway shed and nabbing two ferrets. 

Daniel Tohill, age 27, 1908. Mugshot via the New Zealand Police Museum. Tohill was acquitted of stealing a bicycle but found guilty and sentenced to four months hard labor in prison for stealing a fur necklet.

This married father of three had two previous convictions, which included stealing from a railway shed and nabbing two ferrets. 

Henry O. Nightingale, c. 1864, age 20.
Born in England, Nightingale emigrated to America when he was five and joined the Union Army in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Gettysburg. This picture was taken before he was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 and his left arm was partially amputated. 
He was also present at Ford’s Theatre when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. 
Submitted by giovedisera

Henry O. Nightingale, c. 1864, age 20.

Born in England, Nightingale emigrated to America when he was five and joined the Union Army in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Gettysburg. This picture was taken before he was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 and his left arm was partially amputated. 

He was also present at Ford’s Theatre when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. 

Submitted by giovedisera

Harrison Mahone of Lunenburg County, c. 1920.

Harrison Mahone of Lunenburg County, c. 1920.

Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank.
Submitted by agreeablecar

Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank.

Submitted by agreeablecar

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