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June 19, 2024

June 19, 1944: Lena, 40-Pound Foxhound, and Her Family of 23 Pups Set a New Dogdom Litter Record

On June 19, 1944, W.N. Ely’s American foxhound, Lena, of Ambler, Pennsylvania, gave birth to 23 healthy puppies. It was her first litter, and it gave her the world record for the largest litter of puppies to survive.


Lena was a young, 40 pound female Foxhound owned by Lieutenant Commander Newbold Ely. Ely had 30 years of experience breeding Foxhounds, but had never come across a litter like Lena’s.
Lena gave birth to 15 sons and 8 daughters (for context, the average American Foxhound litter size is 5-7 puppies). Every one of the puppies was black, white, and tan, like their father.


Ely employed the help of two Foxhound foster moms, Lucy and Lydia, to help nurse the puppies, as well as a few humans to take turns watching the puppies around the clock and ensuring they were all fed. Once the puppies were weaned, they were fed raw hamburger meat, pablum, and diluted canned milk.

Lena visited the Philadelphia Dog Show with all of her puppies when they were 5 months old, and went to New York City when the puppies were 8 months to be at the Westminster Dog Show. Their public appearances raised money for charities, including the Salvation Army, the National War Fund, and several homes for crippled children. Several of the puppies were auctioned off to raise money for the American Red Cross.




Two dogs later tied her record, but not all of their puppies survived. A St. Bernard gave birth to 23 puppies in 1975 and nine of them died, and a Great Dane gave birth to 23 puppies in 1987 and only 16 survived.

The Guinness World Record for the largest litter today is 24 puppies, all of whom were born in 2004 to a Neapolitan mastiff named Tia in the UK. They were born by Caesarean section. One was still born and three died in the first week.

Lena’s large litter was a one time thing, her second litter had only 10 puppies. Today, Lena is known for having had the largest litter of puppies to survive.

35 Fabulous Photos of Arleen Whelan in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1916 in Salt Lake City, Utah, American actress Arleen Whelan worked in Southern California as a manicurist, contributing her earnings to help with her family’s expenses before she became an actress.


Whelan appeared in 25 films between 1937 and 1957, reportedly after 20th Century Fox director H. Bruce Humberstone saw Whelan working as a manicurist in a barbershop. After her screen test, the studio cast Whelan as the female lead in a film version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped (1938).

Whelan’s Broadway credits include Oh, Brother! (1945) and The Doughgirls (1942). She died in 1993 in in Orange, California, following a stroke, aged 76.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Arleen Whelan in the 1930s and 1940s.






Amazing Vintage Photograph Capture Everyday Life in Moscow in 1954

Henri Cartier-Bresson visited Moscow in 1954 to document daily life under communism. He sought to capture with his camera what he called decisive moments, coincidentally graceful arrangements of people or objects that other observers would have overlooked. He wandered through foreign cities like a libertine on the prowl, poised to take advantage of any opportunity for visual seduction. The taller soldier here, whose lips curl into a raffish smirk as he strides towards a possible conquest, might be a mirror-image of the invisible photographer. You can feel the frisson of sensual anticipation that accompanied the click of the shutter.






30 Vintage Photos Capture People and Their Bedrooms in the 1970s

Bedrooms in the 1970s often featured bold colors and patterns, such as bright oranges, yellows, and browns, along with floral or geometric wallpapers. Shag carpeting was popular, as were large, ornate wooden or metal bed frames.

Furniture had a mix of natural wood and laminate finishes, often with a sleek, low-profile design. Accessories like lava lamps, beaded curtains, and macramé wall hangings were common, contributing to the eclectic and vibrant decor of the era.

Here below is a set of vintage photos that shows people and their bedrooms in the 1970s.






June 18, 2024

1953 Humes High School Yearbook Pages Signed by Elvis Presley

Elvis’ portrait, from his 1953 Humes High School yearbook, shows him to have a split curl in the middle of his forehead, later to become his trademark. He was the first member of his family to graduate high school. Here are examples of yearbook pages that were signed by Elvis:

“Best of luck to a very cute girl. Elvis”

“Best of everything to a swell girl. Elvis”

“Best wishes to a swell girl. Elvis”

“Best of luck to a very pretty girl. Remember me. Elvis Presley”

Elvis Presley’s high school years were spent in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended L.C. Humes High School. His time there was notably marked by his interest in music. Elvis was an average student academically, but his passion for music was evident even then. He was involved in various musical activities at school, including singing in the school’s talent shows and performing in the annual Humes High Minstrel Show.

It’s said that he received mixed reactions from his peers; some were impressed by his talent while others were not as enthusiastic. However, his passion for music continued to grow during these formative years, setting the stage for his iconic career as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Paul McCartney Making Some Funny Faces to Cheer You Up!

The Beatles were known as being humorous and having good senses of humor. They did have a bit of a “British” sense of humor, and it was that sense of humor combined with their distinctly working class sense of cheeky playfulness that helped contribute to their popularity. It wasn’t just their music that made them superstars, it was also their personalities both as individuals and as a group.

Paul was the least funny of the four, although he had a gift for sarcasm. He was smart as a whip and noticed everything around him but he sometimes seemed ill at ease when putting on a comic front. He came off much better when he let himself be “cheeky” with the press.

Get ready to laugh out loud with these funny pictures of Paul McCartney. Explore the lighter side of this legendary musician and share a chuckle with your friends.






Photos of the Grand Prix at Bathurst, New South Wales in 1946

In October 1946, the New South Wales 100-mile Grand Prix motor race was run at Bathurst, attracting a field of 32 cars, including five from Victoria and two from Queensland. On the day, around 30,000 people turned out for the race which was won by AS Najar of Sydney, with JP Hind in second place and AV Johnson third. This was a spectacular win for the first-time entrant, who drove a modified standard touring model MG, with a specially built monoposto (single-seater) body, shaped to fit the driver.

The over-1500cc handicap was won by F Kleinig, driving a Hudson Special. WB Murray, also driving a Hudson Special, crossed the line in second place. The track took its toll on the cars, with five of the 15 starters retiring with engine trouble.

Apparently the race also marked the first time a female driver, Joan Richmond, competed in the event. She was behind the wheel of a Q-Type MG fitted with a super-charged engine. Unfortunately, there are no recorded photographs in this collection from State Library of New South Wales.

John Crouch in a Delahaye 135 followed by Alby Johnson in a an MG TC, Grand Prix, Bathurst, October 1946

Alf Najar in an MG TB racing car, Grand Prix, Bathurst, October 1946

Alf Najar, Grand Prix winner at Bathurst, October 1946

Belf Jones in a Buick Special in front of Bill MacLachlan in a modified MG TA, Grand Prix, Bathurst, October 1946

Bill Conoulty and his Austin 7 Comet, Grand Prix, Bathurst, October 1946




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