July 11, 1943: The Times Sunday Magazine on this date was a trove of World War II vintage. There was a paratrooper’s account of his first jump, an “Epic of the French Underground,” how to keep home in...

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Aug. 27, 1983: An article enumerated the attractions of the Flemington Fair in Flemington, N.J. There was Robert Hasselbrook, who brought his 18-month-old steer and admitted that his prize half-ton animal “will be somebody’s dinner.” There was Linda Hartman with her cat, Buttons, who was struggling to sell Belgian waffle sundaes since it was “too hot for the waffles.” There was “Flem Man,” who wore a cape and drove a Ford in a demolition derby, to his wife’s chagrin: “He’s crazy,” she said. “He...

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Shan man and two priests prepare to set off bamboo rockets in rain, Myanmar, November 1931.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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A Nov. 28, 1973, article described a 40 percent rise in tourism in New York over a similar period the previous year, most of it from Europe, like this tourist, armed with two cameras and a cigarette. “Travel agents say that stories about the dangers of New York have been built up and exaggerated in the European press,” reported Deirdre Carmody, but visitors are hardly deterred. “They come here petrified,” the story quoted Bruce Velsor, executive director of Travellers International, as saying, “...

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Sept. 30, 1956: The Times feted the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on its 25th anniversary (at its Park Avenue site) with a spread in the magazine, which sought to determine why the place was better than any other first-class hotel. The article also explored the provenance of the hyphen. (It was originally the Waldorf hotel; quoth the article, “A prime jape of the day was to say ‘Meet me at the Hyphen.’ ”) Perhaps a lesser known fact: The newer iteration, which opened on Oct. 1, 1931, “operated in the re...

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A sportsman shows off a mounted salmon to his friends in New Hampshire, April 1943.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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Dec. 29, 1946: “It’s a lark!” exclaimed a passenger on one of the last trips of one of New York City’s last five double-decker, open-top buses. “It’s a shame they’re taking them away. During the summer months they’d be wonderful,” the woman added. “The Fifth Avenue Coach Company had ordered the use of the old open double-deckers discontinued as of 1 p.m.,” reported The Times, which also noted that the buses had been running there since 1907 and that “some of the old machines would be sent to Arg...

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Feb. 15, 1955: Despite brutal cold and deluges of snow, by mid-February the ravages of winter were “all but a memory” for the season’s thrill seekers.“ Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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Electricity flashes from the thimble-topped fingers of a “preacher-scientist,” August 1955.Photograph by the Moody Bible Institute

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Wedged in a crevasse, Tylor Kittredge drills holes for marker pegs in an Alaskan glacier, February 1967.Photograph by Christopher Knight, National Geographic

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Nov. 26, 1925: A friendly “bruin,” the Old English term for brown bears (though it appears as though this one might actually be a black bear), “knows that the good things to eat” are along the tourist routes in the Rockies of British Columbia. Coincidentally, Nov. 26, 1925, was that year’s Thanksgiving, on which the Chicago Bears played against the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The football game ended in a 0-0 tie. Photo: The New York Times

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From the Mid-Week Pictorial, Sept. 30, 1933: a naval regatta performed exercises at Weymouth, England, in front of the H.M.S. Renown, which was built during World War I, reconstructed between world wars, and spent a lot of 1943 marshaling Winston Churchill to various conferences with Allied leaders. Despite the ship’s proud service, she was sold for scrap in 1948. Photo: The New York Times

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August 19, 2012

May 5, 1960: A citywide air-raid drill stilled New York for 15 minutes, and everyone was ordered to take shelter. Television was blacked out while radio broadcast only emergency instructions. Con Edison reported a 90 percent cut in electrical demand during those 15 minutes, but there were still about 150 protesters outside City Hall, refusing to participate and calling for disarmament. A nationwide radio test had President Eisenhower cautioning that “it would be unwise to neglect our Civil Defen...

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People reenact a balloon flight for Paris’s 2,000th anniversary, June 1952.Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic

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May 12, 1935: A Bloomingdale’s-sponsored model boat regatta regaled Central Park’s strollers, oglers and idlers as 5,000 thronged to see the races. “A highlight of the afternoon was the father-and-son race, in which eleven parents, including some with bald heads, joined their sons in competition,” The Times reported. There was also near-disaster, when a youngster from Queens deployed a homemade steamer ship. ”About midway it caught fire, and came chugging up to the shore with its engine room in...

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June 18, 1979: Crew members aboard the Viking Starship, east of Montauk, N.Y. “At 10 minutes beyond midnight, at an hour when most of the world is settled down for the night, day begins,” read an article accompanying a photo essay about “wreck” fishing in July 1979. Planting the boat in a patch of water atop a torpedoed World War II tanker, home to large, tempting cod, the men aboard the ship landed 4,000 pounds of fish in a day. Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

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The sailing ship Terra Nova is framed by an ice grotto in Antarctica, 1911.Photograph by Herbert G. Ponting, National Geographic

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Francis Wu: Portraits, 1940s-1950s When he was eight or nine years old, Francis Wu (Cheong Kin) used to spend a weekend in a public park in Honolulu enjoying the scenery, the people and “all the things that appeared strange to me.” One day young Francis came across something “strange” – something he had never seen before. There it was: a sign saying “Your Picture While You Wait” and there was a crowd milling around a man with a big camera.Young Francis was curious. He mingled with the crowd, wa...

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July 8, 1965: “The discomforts of an overnight race in a small yacht are many and the tangible rewards few,” reported William N. Wallace of The Times for a feature story describing a week of yachting events in and near New York’s waters. “But most of yachting’s hundreds, who are quicker to recognize the Stratford Shoal lighthouse than their own homesteads, have minds that do not recall the soggy sack, the finger pinched in the winch, the tide that took them backward, tedium blending with fatigue...

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1917: German soldiers give disapproving looks to Angela More, played by Mary Pickford, for meddling with their schemes against the French, with whom they are at war, in the Cecil B. De Mille film “The Little American.” Alas, Angela finds herself caught between the affections of Count Jules de Destin of France and the German Karl von Austreim. The count has arranged to have von Austreim, at right, played by Jack Holt, sent to Germany to fight in the war. Melodramatics ensue. Photo: The New York T...

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July 20, 1955: The assembly line at the Ford Motor Company’s new plant in Mahwah, N.J., during the first week it was open. The plant promised to produce as many as 800 cars and 250 trucks in a one-shift day, reported The Times, replacing a Ford plant in Edgewater, N.J., which on the day of the Mahwah opening rolled out its 1,817,938th and last vehicle. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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June 15, 1935: Old locomotives are placed side by side with newer “speed merchants,” which dazzled at least one reporter who was covering test runs, including a ride that at times topped 100 miles per hour on a route that crossed the Delaware River. “Times have changed since George Washington toiled to approach and cross this same wintry river near this very spot,” L.H. Robbins wrote. “On the run home the engineer let her out to 103 miles an hour. The passengers, consulting their sensations, wou...

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Vacationers are silhouetted by a small boat’s sail on Saint John Island, Virgin Islands, 1968.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

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Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary dressed in the fur clothing he wore for the Arctic expedition, September 1938.Photograph by Robert E. Peary, National Geographic

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November 1924: “With a retinue of clowns, freaks, animals and floats, the bewhiskered man in red, in sight of thousands of persons, arrived at 9 o’clock yesterday morning, and three hours later was crowned ‘King of the Kiddies’ on the marquee above the entrance to Macy’s new store in Thirty-fourth Street near Seventh Avenue,” reported The Times. It was Santa, who at the end of this first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (termed a “Christmas Parade” on the side of Santa’s sleigh) sounded his trumpe...

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July 14, 1976: A winged evangelist stopped for a Good Humor bar in between sessions of “cleaning up the mess and spreading light and spirit.” Photo: Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

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May 24, 1983: From the top of the World Trade Center, a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, on its centennial. Photo: Vic DeLucia/The New York Times

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Oct. 29, 1964: On the occasion of his retirement from a career in photography, Raymond A. Bustanoby stood by some of the portraits he made of the elite for more than three decades. Herbert Hoover, George Romney, J.C. Penney and other luminaries were in his portfolio. In a story by Robert Frost (though not the Robert Frost), Mr. Bustanoby said, “I can’t remember all the names, but if I saw their proofs, I could probably tell you quite a bit about the man.” Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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May 23, 1957: Two suspects picked up at Grand Central Station and taken to 161 East 35th Street police station on this day had a .45 caliber automatic, a .38 Smith and Wesson, a pillow case, gloves, bullets, fake nose-and-glasses and adhesive tape confiscated from them. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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April 1, 1973: Chris Evert chased a ball that eluded her racquet at the Lady Gotham tennis tournament. However, Ms. Evert, a high school senior, defeated Katja Ebbinghaus of West Germany, playing before a crowd that included Vice President Spiro Agnew, and taking home $8,000 in prize money. “The only way, it appears, that rival players can thwart Chrissie’s extensive repertory of ground strokes, delicate drop-shots and lobs and an improving serve is to outslug her on a faster surface or make her...

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Dec. 4, 1957: Flames billowed four stories high at Broadway and 40th Street, after an explosion in a pit where men were working on a gas main. Three sustained minor burns; one of them, Hugh Harrity of the Bronx, had singed eyebrows and eyelids, but refused treatment. The spectacle was blamed on a lighted cigarette. Photo: 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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