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St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, DAnsk Vestindien, US Virgin Islands

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St. Thomas History

Piano baby

How a Small, Ceramic Ornament Brought Back Memories of Childhood ~ 1930s

Have you ever encountered an object from your childhood that you haven’t seen in years, and all of a sudden, […]

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Rifle club in Virgin Islands

The Formation of the St. Thomas Rifle Club ~ 1935

The Rifle Club Besides classic cars, the men in our family loved target practice!  Leon A. Mawson, Henry O. Creque, and Dante de […]

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Elsie Baker performs in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1932. By Valerie Sims

ELSIE BAKER Performs! ~ 1932

In the 1930s, famous celebrities were invited to the islands by the first civilian Governor, Dr. Paul M. Pearson. He […]

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The Nurses training school in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands during the 1930s. By Valerie Sims

How Early Medical Pioneers Make a Difference ~ 1932

Early Medical Pioneers KUDOS to the early medical pioneers that advocated for higher levels of health care in the islands! Pictured […]

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graduation party

How Graduation Celebrations at Lindbergh Bay Became the Best Memories ~ 1953

I smile every time I see this photograph of my mother and her friends!😊 As teenagers, she and her closest cousins loved […]

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Sailing around the world! Captain Harry Pidgeon of the ISLANDER visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

How One Brave Captain Touched the Hearts of Many As He Sailed Around the World ~ 1937

  alt=”Sailing around the world! Captain Harry Pidgeon of the ISLANDER visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By […]

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grumman goose

All Passengers Survive After Seaplane Goes Down! ~ 1978

    In the late 1970s, our volleyball team from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic school traveled to St. Croix […]

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Snipe boat racing in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Popularity of Snipe Boat Racing ~ 1936

During the 1930s, Snipe boat racing was an exciting sport in the islands! ⛵ Snipe Boats The first Snipe boat was designed […]

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt vists St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

Thousands Greeted President Franklin D. Roosevelt On His Virgin Islands Visit ~ 1934

From L to R: Honorable Herman O. Creque, representing St. John (great-grandfather), Unknown Council member, Honorable Herbert E. Lockhart, Unknown […]

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The formation of the prevention of cruelty to animals in st thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1914 By Valerie Sims

How the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Was Formed ~ 1914

The Bethany Mission House was the site of many important meetings in the history of the Danish West Indies.   On January 20, […]

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The airship, USS Los Angeles visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1925 By Valerie SIms

The Arrival of an Airship! ~ 1925

In 1925, one of the most remarkable events occurred in the history of the Virgin Islands.     An incredible […]

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Tortola sloop wrecked off St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1933 By Valerie Sims

Tortola Sloop Caught With Contraband! ~ 1933

From 1920 to 1933, the US Virgin Islands was included in the nationwide ban during prohibition. Despite the law, many inhabitants imported […]

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The inter-island sloop, EAGLE at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1920s. By Valerie Sims

Rare Photograph of the EAGLE at the Railway ~ 1920s

Ever wonder what the inter-island sloops were transporting below in their holds? Some may think it contraband and many times […]

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The Welterweight Champion of the Virgin Islands, El Matahombre ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

How a Welterweight Champion Won His Title ~ 1932

Copyrighted © 2016 Valerie Sims. All Rights Reserved. During the 1930s, supporting the welterweight champion was big entertainment in the US Virgin Islands. While […]

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Lady Ashley visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1935 By Valerie Sims

Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Lady Ashley Attract the Crowds! ~ 1935

Would you believe this photograph was only an inch wide by an inch and a half in height? 👀 I […]

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Rare Swallow Stick found at Magens Bay in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

Rare Swallow Stick Found at Magens Bay! ~ 1917

In 1917, Captain Theodore De Booy made an incredible discovery in the US Virgin Islands.  Discovery of Rare Swallow Stick While excavating […]

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The Inauguration of the FIRST civilian Governor, Paul M. Pearson in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1931 By Valerie Sims

The Inauguration of the FIRST Civilian Governor ~ 1931

Photo: G.T. Small On March 18, 1931, anticipation grew to new heights as a record crowd of 7,000 residents gathered at […]

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duke and duchess

Duke and Duchess of Kent Visit St. Thomas! ~ 1935

Did you know that the first British Royal to visit the Virgin Islands, formerly known as the Danish West Indies, […]

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Celebrating Constitution Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

CONSTITUTION DAY Celebrated! ~ 1937

On September 17, 1937, Constitution Day was celebrated in the US Virgin Islands! The signing of the Declaration of Independence as one of the most important […]

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Miss Louise Stallings performs in the US Virgin Islands in 1932.

Louise Stallings Performs For Those Less Fortunate ~ 1932

Governor Paul M. Pearson was a great supporter of the arts!   In 1932, he invited Miss Louise Stallings, a young American soprano to perform. […]

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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, […]

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

Here are a few stories...

10 Antique Views of the Virgin Islands Available for Sale

Pass It On, An Inspirational Poem by Reverend Henry Burton ~ 1913

How St. Thomas Became Known as a City of Music and Laughter ~ 1892

What Drinking Does, Its Effects Upon Society, Business, Politics, and Religion ~ 1916

Transfer Day, An Engaging Historical Thriller by Sophie Schiller

The Earliest Known Telephone Subscribers in St. Thomas ~ 1909

A Lecture by Adolph Sixto at the Apollo Theatre, After the War, What? ~ 1915

Africa Arise, An Inspirational Poem by Charles A. Emanuel ~ 1912

11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

High School Reunion Sparks Appreciaton for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School

A Rare Photograph of the First Carnival Festival in the Danish West Indies ~ 1912

Over 230 Books Recommended by the Nisky Sunday School in St. Thomas ~ 1912

J.H. Fechtenburg Offers the Best Prices on Wines, Whiskies and Liqueurs ~ 1912

Where Denmark’s Son’s are Sleeping, A Peom by C.M. Conrad ~ 1922

St. Thomas Lager Beer, The Most Suitable Beer for the Tropical Climate ~ 1910

The St. Thomas Census ~ 1901

The New St. Thomas Cricket Team Wins the Match! ~ 1895

A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

13 Sunday School Scriptures to Know ~ 1914

Very Fair and Full of Promise is the Island of St. Thomas ~ 1868

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Amazing Harbor Painting of St. Thomas by Carl Ludwig Bille Up For Auction ~ 1868

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 ~ 1920s

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

Collecting Postcards From The Past

Local Star Gazers Turned out to See a Solar Eclipse ~ 1897

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

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