Click the photos below for more glimpses of this story, including a great tsunami, an ocean voyage, the Lusitania, women’s suffrage, and the mysteries of Mata Hari.
“Arisu’s mother, Toshiko, was dressing her in one of her exquisite kimonos. It had been handmade by the women who worked in one of her father’s textile mills. Her mother wrapped it around her body, always with the left side over the right and secured it by a sash called an obi and tied it at the back?
Tsunami in Hilo Bay, Hawaii 1960
The pretty little town had been almost leveled with only a few broken walls pushing their way out of the mud and slime that covered everything. Fish were everywhere, piled up or strewn over the downtown streets and there was a stench in the air that could only be sewage that had been dumped at the entrance to the harbor. For Alice, it brought back memories of the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo.
Tsunami in Hilo Bay, Hawaii, 1960
Jason was pretty sure that any wave following the first one would be smaller and the size of the waves would diminish as more waves came in. Many people believed that the first wave was always the biggest. Many people were wrong.
The Blue-eyed Gypsea
“She was built in 1934 by a pretty exclusive Italian boat builder and when your father bought it, he had it customized so it is a one of a kind. Each stateroom has its own private lavatory and shower. Lots of teak…she will be a beauty once all that teak is brought back and made shiny again. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore."
“AT&T is advertising for bilingual women who can be trained on their switchboards and who will be open to going to France.”
“Do you even know what a switchboard looks like?” Sarah asked.
“Of course I do. It looks complicated, with its switches and cords and earphones and such. But I think it would be fun to learn, especially if it takes me to Paris.”
“We worked hard every day, overhearing little snippets of conversations in between pulling cords in and out and I sometimes caught myself daydreaming that I was overhearing little pieces of important commands or information that was crucial to the war effort.”
"Our Chief Operator, Grace Banks received the Distinguished Service Medal for 'exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services…she did so much to assure the success of the telephone service…' and I knew she deserved it but I couldn’t help but think a little about Edmund’s and my service to our country that could never be spoken about…"
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911
“My nightmares transformed from reliving what was now being called the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to my being caught alone inside a burning building with no way out.”
"So in 1911, my family, including my father and brother, joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)."
On May 7th, 1915, The Lusitania had been on her way from New York back to Liverpool loaded with supplies needed desperately in England when she was hit by a German U-boat and sank with Ruth among the more than 1200 passengers and over 700 members of the crew.
“And by the way, Mata Hari is already taken and it didn’t work out well for her. Let’s take a walk, Blondie” “Who’s this Mata Hari person who didn’t work out so well?” I asked.
Edmund sent Edgar off again and he came back riding a small motorcycle and with someone else walking another one behind him. The second one had a large basket attached to the side that was designed to provide a fairly comfortable seat for a second rider.
“Oh my goodness. I’ve never seen anything like that! How fast will it go?”
“The speed limits are around 20 mph and that’s how fast we’ll be going. Now I need to start peddling to get it up to start speed so let me get it started.”