Tragic Rickman Air Crash Caused by Fire, Faulty Part

From The Hanneman Archive The September 1960 Chicago plane crash that killed all six members of the Richard Rickman familywas caused by a faulty engine valve and an intense oil fire, according to a federal investigation report obtained through the National Archives. Richard E. Rickman, 34,was flying his wife and four children from Wisconsin Rapids to … More Tragic Rickman Air Crash Caused by Fire, Faulty Part

Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

Othelia Winger was only doing what young women her age have done for generations: trying out different shades of lipstick. Through a combination of unfortunate circumstances, her cosmetic choice on one November day in 1930 would prove deadly. Tillie was planning to attend a party near her family’s farm in the Town of Bern, just … More Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

Rare Photos of WWII U.S. Servicemen in New Zealand

The Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand has just digitized and published an amazing collection of photographs of United States servicemen who were stationed at Warkworth in northern New Zealand during World War II. The museum is asking for help from Americans to identify the service members. Nearly 1,100 images can be viewed on … More Rare Photos of WWII U.S. Servicemen in New Zealand

Big Little Books Delivered Pint-Size Adventures

For a child growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, big adventure often came in small packages. Like many boys his age, David D. Hanneman (1933-2007) was an avid collector of Big Little Books. These chunky mini-books allowed adventure-seeking children to follow the action of Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and other characters. All … More Big Little Books Delivered Pint-Size Adventures