The amount of information available on the internet continues to entertain us for hours on end ... days if we're not mindful of regularly scheduled activities like eating, socializing, exercising, sleeping, family, etc. What's great about the abyss that is the world wide web is the endless opportunity to learn something new. Today's Document is a daily dose of American history, chock-full of interesting documents from the National Archives. You'll find wonders like this late-1800s patent for Fastening Pocket Openings from Levi Strauss Co. (which prevented pockets from giving way at the corners), a US National Park Flier celebrating "the dedication and sacrifice of rangers everywhere" on World Ranger Day (July 31), a little driving advice circa 1942, and an intriguing request for ice for wounded soldiers from Saratoga among the collection. For complete access to the National Archives and Records Administration, visit
August 22, 2012 — Mel Calabro