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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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Pumping out BARGE 718 at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1930 By Valerie Sims

Big Job Pumping Out The Barge ~ 1930

On December 28, 1926, a potential client representing the United Sugar Company in Humacao, Puerto Rico, inquired about having his barge hauled […]

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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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Auctioning the EDGEWOOD in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1920 By Valerie Sims

See the Four-Masted Schooner Before She was Destroyed by Fire ~ 1920

Our ancestors purchased many of their properties at auctions! They bought Cane Garden Bay, Carrot Bay, a portion of Peter Island and Norman Island in the […]

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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 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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Servicing the USS Ranger at the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1925 By Valerie Sims

Servicing the USS RANGER at the Railway ~ 1925

Source: Library of Congress In August 1924, a deadly hurricane caused severe damage to the homes on Tortola and many in […]

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Raising the MAMIE COYLE at the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1929 By Valerie Sims

Repairing the MAMIE COYLE ~ 1929

The Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island provided hauling and marine repair services to hundreds of vessels during its ownership by the […]

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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, 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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The St. John-Pelican Cay boat races in the US Virgin Islands in 1937 By Valerie Sims

Watching the St. John-Pelican Cay Sloop Race ~ 1937

Boat racing was one of the sports our great-grandparents loved watching! In 1937, hundreds of spectators enjoyed watching a sailboat […]

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Interested in the history of the Danish West Indies?

Here are a few stories ...

Transfer Day, An Engaging Historical Thriller by Sophie Schiller

The Earliest Known Telephone Subscribers in St. Thomas ~ 1909

Valkyrien’s Band Marches Through Frederiksted ~ 1916

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

St. Thomas, One of the Most Beautiful Spots in the World ~ 1905

13 Regulations for the Teachers of the Public Schools in St. Croix ~ 1900s

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

11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

The Loss of the Anegada Sloop, FIDDLER ~ 1906

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

16 Rules and Instructions for Midwives in St. Croix ~ 1884

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

How Whit Monday was Celebrated in St. John ~ 1906

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

A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

Peter H. Thurland, A Jeweler of Distinction Passes Away ~ 1913

The Loss of Little Asta Lawaetz ~ 1915

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

A Historical Account of the Slave Insurrection on St. John ~ 1733

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

My Emancipated Ancestors by Dr. Dante Beretta

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

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

Cultural Adaptation & Resistance on St. John Book by Karen Fog Olwig

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

Rare Document Collection Up For Sale From Estate Concordia on St. Croix

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

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

A Romantic History of St. Croix Book by Florence Lewisoln

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

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Through The Sands of Time Book by Judah M. Cohen

10 Books David Hamilton Jackson Recommended You Read ~ 1916

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

Saint Croix 1770 – 1776 book by Robert Amandus Johnson

Danish West Indies Satirical Lithograph for Sale ~ 1901

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

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