Frida Kahlo quote: “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world…”

Frida Kahlo

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

– Frida Kahlo

The Ida B. Wells story

Ida B. Wells

“I am only a mouthpiece through which to tell the story of lynching and I have told it so often that I know it by heart. I do not have to embellish; it makes its own way.”
Ida B. Wells believed deeply that “the way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
Outraged after three of her friends were lynched in 1892, Ida began to research lynchings in the U.S. She published her findings. After which a mob threatened to kill her.
But Ida was not one to shy away from difficult times. She didn’t when the time came to become a caretaker to her six siblings after their parents passed away from yellow fever. She was just 16 years old then. But she raised her siblings and she found work as a teacher.
Nor when she was told that  to move from the first class car on a train to the smoking car where black people sat. She refused because she had purchased a ticket for her seat. Ida sued the train company and won, though the ruling was overturned int the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
“Virtue knows no color line,” she once said. A principle that seemed to guide her life.
In 1909, Ida became a founding member of the NAACP.

Disney rejection letter to applicant, 1938

Disney rejection letter, 1938

Text of letter:

June 7, 1938

Miss Mary V. Ford



Dear Miss Ford:

Your letter of recent date has been received in the Inking and Painting Department for reply.

Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.

The only work open to women consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with India ink and filling in the tracings on the reverse side with point according to directions.

In order to apply for a position as “Inker” or “Painter” it is necessary that one appear at the Studio, bringing samples of pen and ink and water color work. It would not be advisable to come to Hollywood with the above specifically in view, as there are really very few openings in comparison with the number of girls who apply.

Yours very truly,




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John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite

John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite

“When I first visited California, it was my good fortune to see the “big trees,” the Sequoias, and then to travel down into the Yosemite, with John Muir. Of course of all people in the world he was the one with whom it was best worth while thus to see the Yosemite.”

And, “there can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias…our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their Children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

– Theodore Roosevelt.

This colorized photo is of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite, at Glacier Point, in 1903.

Sources: colorized photo – https://bit.ly/2ur0rZm, http://bit.ly/2hPLPz3,  https://bit.ly/2upsEjg