History Past: October 9th 1944

Purchased August 20th 2016 Madison-Bouckville Antique Show.
Purchased August 20th 2016 Madison-Bouckville Antique Show.

This particular postcard was postmarked aboard a Kansas City, MO & Albuquerque RPO (Railway Post Office). It was postmarked on train #8 of the Eastern District (ED) on October 9th 1944.

On this date:

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Russia for talks with Joseph Stalin.

St. Louis Cardinals beat St. Louis Browns 4 games to 2 in the 41st World Series.

German occupiers turn off electricity in Amsterdam.

Canadian Offensive in West Zeeuwas-Flanders.

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A Memorial Day Thank You

Memorial Day for me is about reflection, it is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. I find myself thinking of our service members almost daily. I’ m extremely thankful for all who have served, all who are serving and for the sacrifices those families make as well.

You all are truly loved and appreciated!

Image © Joe Geronimo
Image © Joe Geronimo

History Past: The White House

It’s June 1953 and Dwight D. Eisenhower graced the Oval Office of the White House. This installment of “History Past” takes us into my collection of historical images, as these 3 iconic Kodachrome’s were taken while on a tour of the White House.

White House "South" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “South” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North"  Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection

Postcard of the Week:

Vintage Santa Fe Railway map postcard.
Vintage Santa Fe Railway map postcard.

This weeks “Postcard of the Week” is a vintage linen Santa Fe Railway “Map” postcard which was mailed on September 8th 1944 in Gallup, New Mexico. It appears that “Bob” is in the United States Navy and there was no charge for postage. Here are some Wikipedia facts from September 1944.

September 1944

1: Canadian troops capture Dieppe, France.
2: Allied troops enter Belgium.
3: Brussels is liberated by the British Second Army.
Lyon is liberated by French and American troops.
4: A cease fire takes effect between Finland and the USSR.[1][2][17]
Operation Outward ends.
5: Antwerp is liberated by British 11th Armoured Division and local resistance.
: The uprising in Warsaw continues; Red Army forces are available for relief and reinforcement, but are apparently unable to move without Stalin’s order.
United States III Corps arrives in European Theater.
: The BelgianDutch and Luxembourgish governments in exile sign the London Customs Convention, laying the foundations for the Benelux economic union.
6: The “blackout” is diminished to a “dim-out” as threat of invasion and further bombing seems an unlikely possibility.
Ghent and Liège are liberated by British troops.
8: Ostend is liberated by Canadian troops.
: Soviet troops enter Bulgaria.[2]
: The Belgian government in exile returns to Belgium from London where it has spent the war.
9: The first V-2 rocket lands on London.
Charles de Gaulle forms the Provisional Government of the French Republic in France
: The Fatherland Front of Bulgaria overthrows the national government and declares war on Germany.[1]
10: Luxembourg is liberated by U.S. First Army.
: Two Allied forces meet at Dijon, cutting France in half.
: First Allied troops enter Germany, entering Aachen, a city on the border.
: Dutch railway workers go on strike. The German response results in the Dutch famine of 1944.
11: United States XXI Corps arrives in European Theater.
12: The Second Quebec Conference (codenamed “Octagon”) begins: Roosevelt and Churchill discuss military cooperation in the Pacific and the future of Germany.[18]
13: American troops reach the Siegfried Line, the west wall of Germany’s defence system.

Waves of paratroops land in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

14: Soviet Baltic Offensive commences.
15: American Marines land on Peleliu in the Palau Islands; a bloody battle of attrition continues for two and a half months.
16: The Red Army enters Sofia, Bulgaria.
17: Operation Market Garden, the attempted liberation of Arnhem and turning of the German flank begins.
: British and commonwealth forces enter neutral San Marino and engage German forces in a small-scale conflictwhich ends Sept. 20.
18: Brest, France, an important Channel port, falls to the Allies.
: Jüri Uluots proclaims the Government of Estonia headed by Deputy Prime Minister Otto Tief.[19]
19: The Moscow Armistice is signed between the Soviet Union and Finland, bringing the Continuation War to a close.[2]
Nancy liberated by U.S. First Army
20: The Government of Estonia seizes the government buildings of Toompea from the German forces and appeals to the Soviet Union for the independence of Estonia.[19]
: United States XVI Corps arrives in European Theater.
21: British forces take Rimini, Italy.
: The Second Dumbarton Oaks Conference begins: it will set guidelines for the United Nations.
: In Belgium, Charles of Flanders is sworn in as Prince-Regent while a decision is delayed about whether King Leopold III can ever return to his functions after being accused of collaboration.[20]
San Marino declares war on the Axis
: The Government of Estonia prints a few hundred copies of the Riigi Teataja (State Gazette) and is forced to flee under Soviet pressure.[21]
22: The Red Army takes Tallinn, the first Baltic harbour outside the minefields of the Gulf of Finland.
: The Germans surrender at Boulogne.
23: Americans take Ulithi atoll in the Caroline Islands; it is a massive atoll that will later become an important naval base.
24: The Red Army is well into Poland at this time.
25: British troops pull out of Arnhem with the failure of Operation Market Garden. Over 6,000 paratroopers are captured. Hopes of an early end to the war are abandoned.
United States IX Corps arrives in Pacific Theater.
26: There are signs of civil war in Greece as the Communist-controlled National Liberation Front and the British-backed government seem irreconcilable.
30: The German garrison in Calais surrenders to Canadian troops. At one time, Hitler thought it would be the focus of the cross-Channel invasion.

#ThrowbackThursday

A typical dreary afternoon on Monday October 23rd, 2006 here in the Southern Tier. Josh Blay and I were out and about looking for something of interest, something cool to photograph. It’s now late afternoon and we had given up, threading our way east along route 17C from Waverly. We were talking about who knows what, and not really paying much attention to our surroundings. Suddenly my eyes became as big as saucers and with a few expletives we were witnessing a low flying helicopter above the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott.  With our new found excitement Josh and I are now rapidly approaching the airport to get a closer look. A screeching of the brakes, doors flying open, camera gear spilling all over and upon closer inspection we excitedly discover this piece of magnificent machinery is the new Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel “V standing for VIP” (US101 Marine One) Presidential helicopter prototype doing what I’ll call Touch N Go’s…

Hands trembling with excitement as I fumble for a new roll of film, finally my camera’s motor drive begins to hum like the rotors of the VH71, I was elated. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to photograph such an amazing subject despite the dismal weather conditions. Shortly after our excitement had settled Josh and I figured we should promptly leave before someone really takes notice of us and throws us out.

The VH-71 Kestrel program was canceled in 2009 and recently the United States has entered into contract for 23 new Presidential helicopters. The new, initial contract awarded to the American defense contractor Sikorsky, is valued at $1.24 billion. Under the terms of the new contract, the U.S. military will take delivery of two prototype helicopters—based on the Sikorsky S-92 medium helicopter–in 2016. Another 21 fully capable helicopters will follow.

Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel seen here at Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY on October 23rd 2006. Image © Joe Geronimo Canon EOS 3 Fuji Press 800
Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel seen here at Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY on October 23rd 2006.
Image © Joe Geronimo, Canon EOS 3, Fuji Press 800

From Wikipedia:

The Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel is a variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101) built to replace the United States Marine Corps‘ Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet. It was developed and built by theLockheed Martin–led “US101 Team” of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), AgustaWestlandand Bell Helicopter.

In February 2009, President Barack Obama asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about placing the project on hold or canceling it because of its high cost: over $13 billion for the planned 28 helicopters. In June 2009, the U.S. Navy terminated the contract after spending about $4.4 billion and taking delivery of nine VH-71s. The helicopters were then sold to Canada for $164 million for use as spare parts for its fleet of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorantsearch-and-rescue helicopters.

Maegan Krifchin – USA Half Marathon Championships

A rainy, damp and slightly chilly Thursday (Typical Binghamton Weather) would not slow down the Binghamton Area Runners group run at the newly opened Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. This run would be a little different today as Maegan Krifchin of Stotan Racing (http://stotanracing.com) would join us for our run and a meet and greet afterwards.

Maegan Krifchin, center, and members of the Binghamton Area Runners. Image © Joe Geronimo
Maegan Krifchin, center, and members of the Binghamton Area Runners. Image © Joe Geronimo

Maegan graduated from JFK Bellmore High School on Long Island with a running scholarship to Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. In 2010 she graduated with a BS in Health & Exercise Science. Moving on to grad school in Ithaca, New York Maegan finished with a MS Occupational Therapy.

Maegan Krifchin speaks with runners at Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. Image © Joe Geronimo.
Maegan Krifchin speaks with runners at Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Speaking to about 25 runners yesterday evening Maegan’s running accomplishments are pretty impressive to say the least. Career Highlights: 2nd Place at 2012 US Half Marathon Championships, 2012 US Marathon Trials Qualifier, R&R Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon: 1st American, 1:11:04 (3rd fastest US women’s time/2011), Boilermaker Road Race: 5th overall, 1st American, All-Big East Conference in Cross Country (2009), ECAC Champion Mile (2010), All- Northeast Regional Team 2008-2009, Northeast Regional Team champions 2008-2009, ECAC Champion 1000 (2007), NCAA Division I Academic All American 2010, High School All-American 2006. Maegan will be competing in the USA Half Marathon Championships on June 22, 2013 in Duluth, Minnesota.

I’m new to running and I have to admit I was just a bit intimidated in meeting Maegan. Those fears quickly subsided, Maegan with her friendly and bubbly personality put me at ease. Talking with Maegan and listening to her speak gave me new perspective on my running and my future goals. Just like her a marathon is definitely in my future.

Joe Geronimo and Maegan Krifchin after a wet run Thursday June 6th 2013 in Binghamton, New York.
Joe Geronimo and Maegan Krifchin after a wet run Thursday June 6th 2013 in Binghamton, New York.

Check out Maegan’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/people/Maegan-Krifchin/5522945

Cheers!
Joe