About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives and a website editor. He is a specialist in American History, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes our website's weekly Retrospective feature, and is directing the program of digitally converting the magazine's 190 years of issues.

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Al Jennings
Romancing the Robber

More than 100 years ago, Al Jennings was touted as a gallant, free-spirited hero who happened to be a professional criminal. He was probably none... More

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The Great War: December 12, 1914

In this week’s dispatch from the German lines, Irvin S. Cobb reports on a crude device the French were using and excuses for increased collateral... More

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The Great War: December 5, 1914

A senior British army officer predicts the war will last much longer than is anticipated, and a German officer shares the horrors of war.... More

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The Year of Two Thanksgivings

With all the concerns about Christmas — or at least Christmas shopping — intruding on Thanksgiving, maybe it’s time to keep Thanksgiving in its traditional... More

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Who’s Afraid of Mike Nichols?

Liz Taylor called him Chicken Fat, and Burton called him disturbing. The Post remembers a hip, laid-back comedian with a martini-dry delivery in an interview... More

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The Great War: November 21, 1914

A German defends his country’s invasion of Belgium and a Canadian woman faces the scorn and pity of her neighbors after saving her husband from... More

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How to Be Neutral

A Post journalist wishes America could follow the Swiss model, but it probably never would have worked.... More

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The Great War: October 31, 1914

The Post publishes its first piece of World War I fiction, a war reporter experiences in Belgium, and a U.S. senator predicts an economic boom.... More

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Everyday Life in 1939

European war dominated national front-page headlines in 1939. But on the local front, a vanishing murderer, duck hunting season, and menacing grass fires trumped war-torn... More

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The Great War: October 24, 1914

A former prime minister pleads his country’s case, a journalist shares his POW story, and American fashionistas cope with Parisian withdrawal.... More

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