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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Couples in Penn Station sharing farewell kisses before soldiers ships off to war during WWII, 1943, NY. Eisenstaedt when speaking of the time he photographed American soldiers saying farewell to their wives and sweethearts in 1944 on assignment for Life: “I just kept motionless like a statue.” he said. “They never saw me clicking away. For the kind of photography I do, one has to be very unobtrusive and to blend in with the crowd.”

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June 3, 1931: A group portrait ’round the roulette table in the “Nevada mecca of divorce seekers,” Reno. “It’s all nonsense trying to regulate people’s morals by law,” said Reno’s mayor, E.E. Roberts. “For eight years I’ve been trying to make Reno a place where everybody can do what they please, just so they don’t interfere with other people’s rights,” he continued. Photo: The New York Times

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April 4, 1957 was one for New York’s history books, as a record 2.4 inches of snow fell, coating Central Park’s boats and budding trees. Twenty-five years later, almost to the day on April 6, 1982, 9.6 inches fell on, or rather, crushed, the city, and since New York was hardly spared of snow this year (February was the second snowiest on record), one can only wait with a wintry mix of hope and dread for what April 2014 will bring. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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May 19, 1967: Salvador Novoa sang the hunchback in Alberto Ginastera’s “Bomarzo,” in Washington. Nan Robertson of The New York Times called it a “blood-curdling work which involves stabbing, head-splitting, poisoning and other bits of sadism.” The article, which carried the headline, “ ‘Bomarzo’: Sex, Violence, Hallucination,” described a performance that consistently moved between dreaming and reality. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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Nov. 4, 1931: Maj. John W. Hession won the Metropolitan 1,000-Yard Rifle Championship for the second time, with a perfect score of 100 plus 24 for tie shots on the State Rifle Range in Peekskill, N.Y. Major Hession, pictured here with medals he won in competition, was a member of nine United States rifle teams and was also an advocate. He wrote to the editor in 1942, “Nothing will give our gunners a better idea how to hit instinctively a moving target than shooting at clay pigeons from a trap.”...

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An article dated Sept. 10, 1966, presented a sort of primer in Long Island surfing, where the waves did not impress: “The waves came in quietly, small and docile like the blunt-horn heifers aspiring bullfighters use for practice.” Surfers demonstrated various moves for the annual championships, such as the “the crossed-leg weave,” the “Watusi swing” or the “unrehearsed dip.” Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times

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February 22, 2010 via Jessica.

Fishermen load their catch of sardines into crates on the Adriatic Sea, May 1970.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

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May 15, 1979: From Brooklyn Heights, a pair of venturesome children traversed the newly-painted Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan as “sunshine was just triumphing over hazy fog.” Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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Oct. 17, 1968: “To score in the game — known as buzkashi — all a rider has to do is snatch the carcass from the ground, gallop with it a quarter of a mile down the field, then gallop back and throw it in a chalked circle near the point where he started,” reported The Times. The carcass in question is that of a beheaded calf, and the “gentle pastime” was on this occasion watched by the King of Afghanistan; it was his birthday. “At the end of four matches the winning players surged forward to kiss...

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Dec. 21, 1993: Twenty years ago, almost to the day, a reindeer conducted Charles H. Evans’s automobile on the Henry Hudson Parkway right into a logjam of traffic. Photo: Ángel Franco/The New York Times

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mykillyvalentine: Diane De Lys       (ca. 1953) From her “The Devil and Virgin” dance routine..

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Nov. 11, 1956: The police convened at Mount Neboh Temple on West 79th Street for an annual memorial service for officers who had died. Police Commissioner Stephen P. Kennedy noted the occasion with a call for reduced traffic deaths. “While, tragically, the nationwide death toll continues to mount, here in New York City we have been able to reduce vehicular deaths,” he said. “Yet our death, injury and accident toll is still too high.“ Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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Feb. 21, 1957: James F. Regan, a firefighter, climbed an aerial ladder to reach a fire hose, during a five-alarm fire at Spring and Greene Streets. The five-story brick building contained large quantities of baled textile remnants. According to a Times article after the fire, Fire Commissioner Edward F. Cavanagh Jr. said the waste baling industry in Lower Manhattan had a “dangerous, shabby style of poor housekeeping.” He also cited the “careless” stockpiling in the building, advising businesses...

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Sept. 24, 1954: Seamstresses of the New York City opera attended to the costume of Susan Yager, a soprano who would perform the following month in “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”), “an unpretentious but engaging work” that “if given half a chance is a very pleasant evening at the theater,” The Times reported. After assessing Ms. Yager’s looks, the review observed: “Her voice is loud and produced with considerable force. She is, in brief, a quite typical product of today’s vocal pedagogy. If Miss Yag...

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A man repairs a light on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, August 1938.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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Nov. 15, 1971: Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York, foreground, and Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy, to his left, spoke with members of a special disguise-wearing anti-crime patrol. The outfits might have provoked giggles but the officers’ task was sobering: “Proof of the vast disparity with which crime falls across New York City and evidence of wide differences in the ability of individual precincts to arrest criminals have emerged” from a comprehensive analysis by The New York Times of crime...

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June 14, 1994: “The jinx that had seemed to dog the Rangers through three previous Stanley Cup finals, including a double-overtime seventh-game loss in 1950 and two other more humane eliminations, in 1972 and 1979, didn’t die easily,” reported The Times after the hockey team won the cup for the first time since 1940. Mark Messier, the team captain, would be hard-pressed to give up the cup, his sixth (he had five with the Edmonton Oilers). “We’re going to celebrate this like we’ve never celebrate...

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Feb. 24, 1924: “Skims over the drifts like a bird”: A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., is the sort of thing that would have saved Atlanta and other parts of the South from their crippling January weather-induced traffic jams — the sort of thing that we may all start looking to acquire soon, as this winter seems as if it will never end. Other examples of propeller-driven sleds can be found here and here. Photo: The New Yor...

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Nov. 12, 1993: A star to be placed atop the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center sat, on the printed page, alongside an article about Staten Islanders contemplating secession from New York City. Rather than rallying around the five-pointed symbol, New York voters were divided about their mayor — among other things — and thinking about shedding one of the five boroughs. “Had Staten Island not been part of New York City,” reported The Times, “Mayor Dinkins would have been re-elected on Nov. 2.” (M...

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Josef Breitenbach: Marlene Dietrich in “Shangaï express” directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1932

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vintagetails: The cat, boy with missing front teeth in cap and sidewalk bike. Found vintage photo with no ID.

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Dec. 27, 1987: “Before the season, both New York teams had been expected to make the National Football League playoffs,” The Times reported of the Jets and Giants. “Instead, each finished with a 6-9 record and last in its division,” and some fans could not bear to show their faces at their last outing. Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

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July 26, 1954: Sightseeing atop the Empire State Building, one of the “Five Wonders of New York,” which were given a large photo spread in that day’s paper. Elsewhere, though, a tiny column called “Other Sights” suggested a trip to the Cloisters or a stroll in Central Park along the secluded paths, where the mind, by way of the poet Andrew Marvell, is “annihilating all that’s made to a green thought in a green shade.” Photo: The New York Times

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December 1, 2014

Feb. 14, 1940: Workers at La Guardia Airport fought the elements to hold down a plane as a large storm brought seven inches of snow and winds gusting at 60 miles per hour to New York, hammering the eastern part of the country. Bus services were suspended and a swath of the West Side Highway closed, but the city seemed to prevail in “what appeared to be a winning effort to keep essential services functioning.” Photo: The New York Times

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May 6, 1965: This photo was originally published in a sequence of pictures. At the Aqueduct Spring Steeplechase, Mako (No. 8) and the jockey Pat Smithwick lost their footing on the final jump. Gramatam (No. 2) and the jockey Robert S. McDonald went on to win. Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

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A vehicle is unloaded from a ship moored in a Brooklyn pier, but there was little shipping news in the paper of Friday, July 13, 1951. What news there was included a notice reporting a shrinkage of the United States’ “dry” population, which noted that New York led in total beer consumption, but was sixth in per capita consumption. Another brief noted that the Russian premier Joseph Stalin had received an African lion as a “present from a South African admirer.” And for those fretting about what...

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Aug. 2, 1955: “A fancy leap” by Jerry Coleman of the New York Yankees helped ensure a double play and, a few innings later, a win over the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees would finish the season three games ahead of the Indians and face the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The Dodgers won in seven games. Photo: Larry Morris/The New York Times

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Boats ferry through a canal to bypass the Peloponnesus in Corinth, Greece, December 1956.Photograph by David Boyer, National Geographic

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 Wolfgang Suschitzky: Trafalgar Square, London, 1953 “I frequently found subjects to photograph when I passed Trafalgar Square with my camera.” (Wolfgang Suschitzky)

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December 9, 2014

onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Albert Einstein in chair writing with pencil, Princeton, NJ, 1949

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Tourists on edge of granite quarry wave to quarrier heading to work in Barre, Vermont, June 1955.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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Candles mark a procession leaving Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Quebec, 1971.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic Creative

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