It is Thursday, so that means it is "Throwback Thursday" on Twitter and other social media sites such as Instagram. Throwback Thursday (referred to on Twitter and elsewhere by the hashtag #TBT) is the day of the week when many Twitter users reminisce by posting an old photo.
This morning, for example, the NBA tweeted a #TBT video of Vince Carter's performance in the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest; Marriott International tweeted a #TBT photo of when the global hotel company was a humble root beer stand; and innumerable people tweeted #TBT photos about that special day when they went to the big dance, when their now-grown kids were little, when they won the gold medal, or whatever.
Today, the SEC dipped a toe of its own into the "Throwback Thursday" waters for what I believe to be the first time in a post on its SEC_News account on Twitter. The agency went deep into its historical photo vault to post an interesting #TBT photo from 1988 of then-SEC Chairman David Ruder with civil rights leader James Farmer:
#TBT Former SEC Chairman David Ruder w/ civil rights Freedom Rider James Farmer at 1988 #BlackHistoryMonth event. pic.twitter.com/xsTkarvio1
— SEC_News (@SEC_News) February 12, 2015
Not a bad first #TBT for the SEC, and I hope that this will be a regular feature now on the SEC_News Twitter feed! In the meantime, SEC_News, I see your 27-year-old #TBT photo and I raise you the following 80-year-old SEC #TBT photo below that I recently purchased on eBay for no particular reason other than I thought it was cool:
This is an original press photo dated July 2, 1934 that states on the back that it was taken at the first-ever meeting of the "newly-created National Securities Exchange Commission, organized by the government to protect the investigating public, shown as they met for the first time in Washington, D.C., July 2." The people in the photo are from left-to-right seated: Ferdinand Pecora, Joseph P. Kennedy and James M. Landis; and standing: George C. Mathews and Robert B. Healy.