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St. Thomas History

Ship Beautiful, RMS AQUITANIA visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1938 By Valerie Sims

The Most Beautiful Ship in the World Visits St. Thomas ~ 1938

When I first saw this faded photograph of an ocean liner, I thought I would never know her identity. 📷 Like most of […]

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The Fate of the Mail Boat, TO WINDWARD from the US Virgin Islands ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

How the Crew Survived its Sinking ~ 1932

During the 1920s and 1930s, the yawl, To Windward transported mail and passengers between the islands.  Its owner was Captain Christian Moller. On […]

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Honoring All Soul's Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1930s By Valerie Sims

How ALL SOUL’S DAY Was Honored ~ 1930s

Generations of our family were raised in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Thomas. 🔔   Every year, we […]

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The Loss of the Proteus ~ 1941

The Loss of a Loved One Aboard the SS Proteus ~ 1941

As I was flipping though the pages of an old album, a small faded photograph of a sailor in his uniform […]

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Dancing with the Danmark cadets in the US Virgin islands.

Dancing with the Danmark Cadets ~ 1951

Above, the Governor, Morris F. de Castro observes the Conga line at Government House, while hosting a party for the Danmark cadets. […]

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Leon A Mawson purchases the last commemorative stamp of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

Purchasing the FIRST Commemorative Stamp ~ 1937

When the announcement of the issuing of a commemorative stamp for the US Virgin Islands was published, many island citizens were eager […]

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Jumping Jumbie Bed in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The JUMPING Jumbie Bed ~ 1934

Growing up in the US Virgin Islands has been a fascinating experience, one that I could never forget. Where else […]

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US Coast Guard Marion

Honoring the Men of the MARION ~ 1930s

The USCG Marion was a 125-foot patrol boat. She carried 20 enlisted men. After finding this photograph of the USCG Marion’s crew […]

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Visiting a German School Ship in the US Virgin Islands!

Visiting a German School Ship! ~ 1938

I’ve looked at this photograph at least a hundred times, hoping to figure out what vessel our family members were […]

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Pulitzer prize winner, Edna St Vincent Millay visits St Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1935 By Valerie Sims

Listening to a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Edna St. Vincent Millay ~ 1935

At the suggestion of her physician and close friends, Edna St. Vincent Millay  arrived in St. Thomas for a lengthy, […]

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Hudson motor cars

Selling Hudson Cars and Coty Cosmetics ~ 1937

The men in our family loved cars! 🚗 Our great grandfather started importing Chevrolets in the 1930s and our grandfather followed suit in […]

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The Car Accident in the Virgin Islands

The Car Accident ~ 1931

Have you ever dug through a box of old family albums and come across an interesting photograph that seemed to have a […]

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Normandie Bar

A Family Favorite: Frenchtown’s Normandie Bar ~ 1940s

(L to R) Rene de Lagarde, Tony Daniels and Dennis de Lagarde. “Standing next to our stand-by, Normandie”. Copyrighted © […]

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First Lady, Eleonor Roosevelt visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

A Special Gift for the First Lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt ~ 1934

Governor Paul M. Pearson with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and traveling companion, Lorena Hickok. Standing on the steps of Government House, […]

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Thanks to Gov. Paul M. Pearson for getting thirty pianos for the people of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

Local Artists Thrilled as 30 Pianos Arrive on the SS DOMINICA ~ 1934

Within weeks of discovering this old photograph of the SS Dominica in our family’s collection, I came across an interesting article in the newspapers about […]

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Movie Star, Dana Andrews visits St Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1951 By Valerie Sims

A Moment with a Movie Star: DANA ANDREWS ~ 1951

Cousins, Marion and Joanie and best friends, Marilyn and Joy were thrilled to meet Dana Andrews! Copyrighted © 2016 Valerie […]

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Interested in the history of St. Thomas under the Danish flag?

Here are a few stories...

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

190 Vintage Photographs of the Danish West Indies Up for Auction!

Colorful Coastal Scene of St. Thomas on Auction ~ 1824

Rare View of St. Thomas From Havensight ~ 1809

Visitor Says Danish Islands Not Worth Millions Paid

St. Thomas Temperance Society Extolls the Virtues of Abstaining from Alcohol ~ 1911

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

The Beautiful Boston-Built Schooner, GITANA anchors in the Harbor ~ 1899

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Rare Conch Pearls Found! ~ 1906

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, One of the Greatest Living Composers by Alton A. Adams ~ 1910

Pretty Painting up for Auction of the West Indies

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Honoring Hurricane Heroes Past and Present

How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916

Two Treasured Paintings Document a Memorable Moment in Virgin Islands History ~ 1801

Unveiling the Bust of King Christian IX ~ 1909

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Telegraph Office Postcard ~ 1909

Very Old Photographs of the Virgin Islands

The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

The Quest for Buried Treasure Never Dies!

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

How Panama Hats Became So Popular ~ 1905

How Strength and Perseverance Gave Coal Carriers a Memorable Legacy

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts ~ 1906

How the Coaling Women Persevered ~ 1907

How the 40th Anniversary of King Christian IX’s Reign was Celebrated ~ 1903

Early St. Thomas Panoramas ~ 1850s

How a Family Historian Discovered Where Hugo Larsen Painted One of His Masterpieces ~ 1905

9 Newspaper Men Are First to Tour the Danish Training Ship, DANMARK ~ 1934

A Famous English Actor Causes Quite a Stir ~ 1903

Celebrating Three King’s Day ~ 1910

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

The Disappearance of the British Sloop, SPIDER During a Hurricane ~ 1916

Peruvian Independence Celebrated ~ 1916

Fire Destroys the St. Thomas Telegraph Office ~ 1909

Honoring the Veteran Postman ~ 1903

GRUNDLOV Constitution Celebrated! ~ 1914

Taking the Last Danish Census ~ 1911

Discovering One of the Earliest Stories by J. Antonio Jarvis

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

How a New Name for the Danish West Indies was Chosen ~ 1917

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