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Are you trying to write a period-correct Captain America story or just have questions about NYC in the 1930s-40s in general? The tumblr Steve Rogers Is Historically Accurate is here to help.
posted by The Whelk (18 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
OMG this is a Tumblr I didn't even know I wanted.

Now I have to close the window or I won't get anything done today. Now I wonder if there's a Stan Lee Tumblr, to facilitate making historically-accurate cameos...
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:37 AM on August 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

RELATED VIDEO: Spend an hour in 1940s NYC
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 AM on August 6, 2014 [4 favorites]

My goodness NYC really was full of plucky street urchins in those days.....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:46 AM on August 6, 2014

Waaaiiit a minute...these are just a bunch of Smiths album covers!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:50 AM on August 6, 2014 [5 favorites]

More seriously, though- this is a great resource and a good companion to this post.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:59 AM on August 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Not sure if this essay on the origin of Rogers' progressive ideals is linked somewhere on the blog, but it's highly worth a read: Steve Rogers Isn't Just Any Hero:
Unlike other patriotism-themed characters, Steve Rogers doesn’t represent a genericized America but rather a very specific time and place – 1930’s New York City. We know he was born July 4, 1920 to a working-class family of Irish Catholic immigrants who lived in New York’s Lower East Side. This biographical detail has political meaning: given the era he was born in and his class and religious/ethnic background, there is no way in hell Steve Rogers didn’t grow up as a Democrat, and a New Deal Democrat at that, complete with a picture of FDR on the wall.
posted by Ian A.T. at 10:24 AM on August 6, 2014 [11 favorites]

The Tumblr amplifies everything inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:28 AM on August 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

And there is also The Historical Agent Carter for all your historically accurate Peggy Carter needs.
posted by crankylex at 10:42 AM on August 6, 2014 [8 favorites]

Found the apple-sellers' corner.
posted by dhartung at 10:47 AM on August 6, 2014

I love Steve Rogers, I love the Whelk, and I love the Whelk's love for Steve Rogers. And I love this Tumblr! I hope the writers of Agent Carter are reading it and taking notes.
posted by nicebookrack at 11:25 AM on August 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Also is the thread in which we post Steve vs History fic recs (share plz)? Because if you haven't read The hip and the dead you haven't lived.
posted by nicebookrack at 11:31 AM on August 6, 2014 [3 favorites]

I love everything about every part of this. (The AskMe question I posted awhile back about where to start on the comics is why I'm writing this in between devouring Ed Brubaker's stunning run.)
posted by kalimac at 11:58 AM on August 6, 2014

Thanks to The Historical Agent Carter, I am now reading about Simone Segouin, The Girl Partisan of Chartres.

oh, like I was getting any work done today, anyway.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:33 PM on August 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is a great Tumblr, and I am so glad that most people who write Captain America fic do not fall into the 'everything prior to 1975 was basically Pleasantville, right?' trap. It was touch and go for a while after the first movie came out, but we made it through okay and now most of the fandom knows that Steve and Bucky grew up in a neighborhood full of gay bars and drag balls.

(also, nicebookrack, thank you for reccing my fic!)
posted by nonasuch at 10:52 PM on August 6, 2014 [4 favorites]

Also is the thread in which we post Steve vs History fic recs (share plz)?

posted by Jacqueline at 11:14 PM on August 6, 2014

Ian A.T. I was intending to post that very link. Kudos!
posted by X-Himy at 4:06 AM on August 7, 2014

The most recent posts have been about sex slang and how they actually thawed out Cap so I am in heaven.
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 PM on August 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

The tumbkr got a write up and about a billion fanfic links in The Toast

A History Lesson From The Captain America Fandom
posted by The Whelk at 3:17 PM on August 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

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