Lydia Litvyak. One of two Russian pilots who were the world’s only female fighting aces during World War II.  She kicked Nazi butt.

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

Monkey mask

weirdvintage: “ This is my dad’s uncle, c. in Kokomo, IN, USA. The young victim of a family of pranksters, he luckily grew up to be a bit more handsome ” weirdvintage

Minneapolis women lining up to vote for the first time in a presidential election, 1920

Minneapolis women lining up to vote for the first time in a presidential election, 1920 Women were opposed to slavery. That included their own enslavement.

Before there was Beverly Johnson, Jayne Kennedy, Halle Berry, Rhianna, or Tyra Banks, there was Marpessa Dawn. Beauty that took your breath away. "Black Orpheus" 1959.

Marpessa Dawn (January 1934 – August also known as Gypsy Marpessa Dawn Menor, was an African American-born French actress, singer, and dancer, best remembered for her role in the film Black Orpheus

Many Americans know the 'code talkers' from WWII to be Navajo , but the original code talkers were actually from the Choctaw tribe. Nineteen men, during WWI, helped turned the tide of the war. When they decided to implement the program again for WWII, the Navajo tribe was much larger and was able to provide more code talkers

WWI original code talkers from the Choctaw tribe. Nineteen men, during WWI, helped turned the tide of the war. When they decided to implement the program again for WWII, the Navajo tribe was much larger and was able to provide more code talkers

Soldadera of the Mexican Revolution~ the Mexican Revolution was not fought by men alone. Many women took up arms and went to war as well. This was common in the rebel armies, especially among the soldiers fighting for Emiliano Zapata. These brave women were called "soldaderas" and had many duties besides fighting, including cooking meals and caring for the men while the armies were on the move. Sadly, the vital role of the soldaderas in the Revolution has often been overlooked.

What Is the Story of the Mexican Revolution in Photos?

Photos of the Mexican Revolution: Soldadera of the Mexican Revolution - woman revolutionary

Black American GIs Park Street Bristol - During World War II a large number of American troops were stationed in or near Bristol. They included black soldiers, who were based in Muller’s Orphanage on Ashley Down in Bristol. Bristol people were on the whole friendly towards the American soldiers, including the black soldiers. The white American soldiers were horrified to see white women dancing with black men. But there was no racism in Bristol’s institutions at that time.

Black American GIs Park Street Bristol - Black GIs in Bristol, England during World War II. On the whole, the British were friendly towards all American troops. Many white American soldiers were horrified to see white women dancing with black men.

Christmas Card Distributed to GIs  Visiting Paris, 1944 // very unique blend of illustration styles. This would be frowned upon in a contemporary critique, methinks.

Christmas Card Distributed to GIs Visiting Paris, 1944 // very unique blend of illustration styles. This would be frowned upon in a contemporary critique, methinks.

British actor-manager Sir John Martin Harvey (1863-1944) was one of the last great romantic actors of the English theatre. His most famous play was The Only Way (1899), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

British actor-manager Sir John Martin Harvey was one of the last great romantic actors of the English theatre. His most famous play was The Only Way an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

Bibi - Shadow and Reflection - August 1927 - Hendaye, France - Photo by Jacques Henri Lartigue (French, 1894-1986)

Lartigue.

Bibi Lartigue, Shadow and Reflection - August 1927 - Hendaye, France - Photo by Jacques Henri Lartigue. ~B&W Photography~

Un-named Canadian Nursing Sister with her WWII decorations: Kodachrome taken at Riverside, Ontario. She trained as a nurse in St. John, New Brunswick, and volunteered for military nursing service. She met her husband (who was in the Canadian army) they met in France in 1944 during the  Normandy Invasion, and were married on 26 July 1945 in Paris, France. They had a short honeymoon in France, returned to their units and were re-united in Canada. Posted by her son on Shorpy.

Un-named Canadian Nursing Sister with her WWII decorations: Kodachrome taken at Riverside, Ontario.

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