Marriage Announcement of Napoleon, Emperor of France, to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, received by President James Madison, 1810.
Item From: General Records of the Department of State. (09/1789-).
Here is the marriage announcement of Napoleon Bonaparte and his second wife Marie-Louise of Austria. It was sent to President Madison and is signed by Napoleon himself.
All I Want for Christmas is Peace, 12/04/1920.
Item From: Records of the U.S. Senate.
Merry Christmas in July from the National Archives. As Christmas approaches, an excited John Bull sees a dove of peace in a store window and declares: “That’s all I want for Christmas!” Although not devastated during World War I in comparison to its continental allies and foes, the war has cost England greatly in loss of manpower, production, and resources. The treaty of peace had been signed the previous year, but England still needed time to regain its role as the leading world power, and continued peace was essential for its recovery.
Elisha Otis’s Elevator Patent Drawing, 01/15/1861.
Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1849-1925).
Patent Spotlight. Elisha Graves Otis was the founder of the Otis Elevator Company. While living in Yonkers, New York, he invented a safety device that prevented elevators from falling when their hosting cable failed. He also is famous for a safety elevator demonstration he did at the New York Crystal Palace during the 1854 New York World’s Fair. To the crowd’s consternation, he had the rope holding his platform severed by an axeman… only to fall a few inches before safely coming to a halt.
Photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon.
Item From: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (01/1967-02/17/1973).
Happy Moon Day! Today we celebrate the first man to make his mark on the moon! Neil Armstrong’s famous epigram “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” actually was not pre-planned in advance as other astronauts had done, and he only thought up the phrase after they successfully touched down on the lunar surface.
Acknowledgement of service obligation signed by Elvis Presley on March 24, 1958, to indicate that he understands that his total service obligation (both active and reserve) is 6 years., 03/24/1958 - 03/24/1958.
Item From: Records of the Army Staff. (12/08/1988-10/01/2003).
Power of the Pen.This document reads, “I , Elvis Aron Presley, having been inducted into the Armed Services of the United States on this 24th Day of March 1958, for 2 years Active Duty, acknowledge that I have been informed of my service obligation”. Elvis chose to enlist with the regular soldiers, instead of with the Special Services to entertain the troops. This decision won over a lot of older Americans who had been initially very critical of him.