Photos from the Vault
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 17, 2015
The biggest news in the first two weeks of April 1945 was the death of Franklin Roosevelt on April 12. He would be the first of the five major war leaders to die; Stalin, Hitler, Tojo and Churchill were the others.
Hedeki Tojo had the shortest term. The army general became prime minister in October 1941 shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Japan’s pro-war leadership was responsible for as many an estimated 10,000,000 Chinese deaths, three-quarters of that number civilians. The fighting had been raging in China since the 1930s.
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 3, 2015
The San Luis Obispo Republic was printed in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo.
Posted by David Middlecamp on March 30, 2015
"God, that can't be you sarge, it just can't be," said an American POW who was rescued by man from his own unit three months after being captured.
Posted by David Middlecamp on March 26, 2015
A lot of business ideas were explored in the last serious drought. This one was a lawn-dyeing business painting lawns with a nontoxic green. Unfortunately the then Telegram-Tribune only printed black-and-white photos.
Posted by David Middlecamp on March 24, 2015
The rat population exploded downtown in an era when the creek was treated as a garbage dump. A fighter pilot training at Santa Maria was missing after a mid-air crash.