April 4, 1939: Dorothy Herbert — a Kentucky-native “reared in the knowledge and the love of horseflesh” and a granddaughter of a woman who married a man “for his horse” — rehearsed a feat she would so...

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René Burri: The Kaiser-Wilhem-Gedachtniskirche (the Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church) bombed during the war and never restored. West Berlin, 1959. 

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This undated photo appeared with the caption: “Getting A Tip From A Beauty: Justine Johnstone, musical comedy star, gives helpful hints in kicking the pigskin to "Red” Fitzgibbon, Halfback and star Drop-Kicker of Creighton University, at Omaha, Neb.“ Photo: The New York Times

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Sept. 29, 1957: Mournful fans of the New York Giants watched the team’s final game before it absconded to California. Besides pursuing players onto the field and into the dugout as soon as the game ended — the Giants, by the way, lost — the fans “ripped up the regular and warm-up home plates, the wooden base beneath the main plate, the pitcher’s rubber, two of the bases and the foam rubber sheathing protecting outfielders who crashed into the center field fences,” The Times reported. “Those who...

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March 18, 2010 via Danny.

A solitary fisherman’s home keeps watch on quiet Placentia Bay in Newfoundland, Canada, 1974.Photograph by Sam Abell, National Geographic Creative

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Two young women stand near a turning aircraft propeller, 1940.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic Creative

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June 11, 2010

Tourists explore eroded clay rock formations in Nevada, 1946.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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A welder works on cowls for liberty ships in California, 1942.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.

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A Sicilian teenage girl draped in lace and a scarf, December 1909.Photograph by Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden, National Geographic

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Nov. 22, 1964: During a Thanksgiving visit to his home in the Texas hill country, including a stop at his alma mater, Southwest Texas State College, President Lyndon Johnson signed autographs. The Times magazine published this and other images of President Johnson as he prepared for his first elected term in office. “To Lyndon Johnson,” said one friend, “the Presidency is a challenge, a hope, a burden and, frankly, a joy.” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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June 21, 1954: Plans to build on Columbus Circle required demolition of 1819 Broadway, a tower of offices that would be “the tallest building ever to come down anywhere in the world,” according to H. B. Mack, president of Wreckers and Excavators Inc. The demolition, which displaced pigeons and others, was to make space for the New York Coliseum, a convention center that stood there from 1956 till 2000, when the Time Warner Center moved in. Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

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November 30, 2014

Edward Weston: Nude, 1925 In his early attempts to merge the realism of photography with the expressive effect of abstract art, Weston honed in on close-up details of his subjects. That the faces of his models were often cropped or averted served practical as well as aesthetic purposes, enabling the photographs to be read as figure studies rather than as individual portraits while also protecting the privacy of the friends and lovers who served as models.

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A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola, April 1946.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

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From the Mid-Week Pictorial, Feb. 20, 1930: Sgt. Frank York — cousin of Alvin C. York, the famous former doughboy — in a “hazardous human hurdle” to demonstrate his confidence in his mount, Apple Jack. Photo: The New York Times

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June 22, 1960: A visitor dwarfed by the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. The monument, dedicated in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was criticized before, during and after being built, but by 1966 it was in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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September 29, 2010

For what must have been a magazine story on skate-dancing, published April 12, 1953, the caption noted the pride of the troupe master, likened to a Prussian general, who transformed these girls — who hailed from “the Russian zone of Germany” — into performers of pirhouettes in a matter of weeks. The girl on the right was a former cyclist. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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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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July 4, 1936: George Varoff shattered a world record for pole vault in New Jersey as the American track and field teams, including Jesse Owens,   prepared for the Olympics in Berlin. Mr. Varoff’s mark was 14 feet 6 ½ inches. The current world record, set by Sergey Bubka in 1994, is 20 feet 1 ¾ inches. Photo: The New York Times

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July 12, 1950: The zookeeper Robert Montana cited diet as a key to the longevity of Peter the Great — or, as The Times called him on his 47th birthday at the Bronx Zoo, “Peter the Wondrous Ancient.” A special cocktail of oats, yeast, water, linseed oil meal and other ingredients helped Pete avoid “a long overdue appointment with his ancestors.” He was the oldest hippo in captivity in the world at the time, and his “life has been exemplary. He never has had a girl friend. He was born in Central P...

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March 28, 1991: “For the Grand Central neighborhood, the lighting of the terminal is considered not only esthetic enhancement of its Beaux Arts ornamentation and sculpture,” wrote The Times, “but also a security device that will deter street crime.” And so, the fruits of a project that cost more than $3 million were unveiled at a ceremonial switch-flicking that included the actor Tony Randall. Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times

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Appearing on April 20, 1975, a profile of our 38th president, Gerald R. Ford, gave the minutes of a day the reporter John Hersey spent with him. Characters included Donald Rumsfeld, then Mr. Ford’s chief of staff and eventually his defense secretary, and in the morning, advisers coordinated a briefing of the press, taking pains to appear transparent and honest. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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A bright orange river of sparks cascades from a high cliff in Yosemite National Park, May 1958.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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Dec. 3, 1977: The view from the Roosevelt Island tram was enchanting for one passenger, ho-hum for another. Also ho-hum: that the other passenger happened to be a reindeer. Photo: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

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March 25, 1934: Inspired by the newfangled contraptions of the era, Andre Perugia unveiled some of his latest shoe designs: “Evening Oxford With Airplane Wire Heel; a Mule With Organ Pipe Heel, and a Sandal With a Machine Age Heel of Metal Balls.” Elsewhere in that Sunday’s “Rotogravure Picture Section in Two Parts” (beginning on page 103): signs of spring; a scowling Princess Margaret Rose of York; the pouring of 100 tons of molten glass for a mirror; and a “new plane with wings like a saucer:...

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Jan. 17, 1956: From the annals of improbable aircraft, the Army’s aerocycle, tested at Camp Kilmer, N.J., by Chris Kopp of de Lackner Helicopter. Like a wacky harbinger of Segway technology, the aerocycle was reported to have “two advantages over the conventional helicopter — it is more stable and it is easier to control because the operator steers it by leaning his body in the desired direction.” For the overdetermined navigator who feared leaning too far and falling on the rotating blades, the...

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March 17, 2010 via Doelling.

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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A boy sells lemonade from his front yard stand on Main Street in Aspen, Colorado, 1973.Photograph by Dick Durrance II, National Geographic Creative

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March 7, 1980: New York passers-by, hurried rulers of the sidewalks, had to be instructed to notice the elephant in their midst. “Please keep walking and react to the elephant,” the film director pleaded. Photo: Bill Cunningham

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January 7, 2015

Oct. 7, 1963: Birgit Nilsson, prima donna, onstage as Aida in the Verdi opera, for the opening of the Metropolitan’s season, and her first at this particular house. “While her name seems not to generate the ballyhoo accorded a Callas or a Tebaldi or a Sutherland, she does more to keep opera houses in business than any of them,” reported The Times. The article offered examples of Ms. Nilsson’s wit, such as when she complained to the stage company about treatment during a rehearsal: “ ‘We sopranos...

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Miners with knee pads in West Virginia, March 1938.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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