May 3, 1968: “There were no sticks or pucks and the only ice around was in the drinks,” reported Enid Nemy in The Times, describing a specially invented version of hockey at the St. Regis Hotel, where...

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“Who goes to carnivals in this age of television and miniskirts and psychedelic happenings?” asked Richard F. Shepard in the newspaper of Sept. 15, 1967. “To urban bumpkins intent on psychedelic cinema and electronic musicales,” he went on, “carnivals may seem to have gone the way of Congress boots and the hand-pump. Not so.” As the carnival founder’s 37-year-old son, E. James Strates, concurred, “This is no Mickey Mouse business.” Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

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Nov. 26, 1981: A crowd estimated to comprise “several million” braved temperatures in the 30s to watch the likes of Kermit the Frog and Superman pass overhead during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some characters weren’t so obvious, according to The Times. “As Smokey the Bear floated past the Christmas tree in front of Macy’s,” reported Sheila Rule, “4-year-old Verrinia Amatulle looked up at her father, Angelo and said: ‘I’ve never seen a monkey like that before.’ ”" Photo: Fred R. Con...

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Oct. 23, 1972: Three weeks before election day, the incumbent President Richard M. Nixon swung through New York and New England and held a rally at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, where several demonstrators protesting the war in Vietnam were ejected. Photo: Michael Evans/The New York Times

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Sept. 2, 1969: From Lincoln Center to Columbia University, garbage — that pestilent scourge! — had claimed the islands that separate traffic lanes on Broadway, to the annoyance of the street’s pedestrians and bench occupants. “The elderly bench-sitters say that the areas are not cleaned often enough,” reported The Times, “that there is a shortage of trash receptacles and that the benches, particularly in the evening, have become hangouts for drunkards, addicts, prostitutes and pimps.” Others ave...

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Dec. 1, 1962: Geologists descended to Antarctica’s western portion to explore the Heritage Range and start a season of summer exploration. The two teams were led by researchers from the University of Minnesota, and their tasks included “mapping bedrock formations, measuring and describing selected rock strata, collecting geological specimens for laboratory analysis, seeking fossils and making observations of the weathering, land-form development and geological history of the icecap and the rock...

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Aug. 5, 1956: A regatta bows before a stiff breeze at a race held by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Long Island. “John H. Kunz of the home club scored with his Atlantic, Sprite,” The Times reported. Photo: Carl T. Gossett Jr./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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Apprentice air traffic controllers train with model aircraft at Andrews Air Base in Maryland, March 1957.Photograph by Robert F. Sisson and Donald McBain, National Geographic

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Swiss men playing 12-foot-long alpenhorns at a midsummer Alpine Festival in Switzerland, 1973.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

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November 30, 2014

Two women in Southeast Asia discuss the day’s news, May 1921.Photograph by M. Branger and Sons

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A Thai woman poses in a Panung, the national costume, 1907. Photograph by Eliza R. Scidmore, National Geographic Creative

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

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Seen from Castello Brown, Portofino, Italy, hugs the shoreline, February 1965.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic

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November 29, 2014

Feb. 5, 1986: A tour group silhouetted against one of Grand Central Terminal’s giant windows. The station was receiving a $15 million makeover in preparation for its 75th birthday, a few years after being saved from demolition (unlike its cousin, Penn Station) by the Supreme Court. Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Decorative multiple exposure of neon signs at night on Virginia Street in Reno, NV, “The Biggest Little City in the World”. December, 1937

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Boys play with toy sailboats along the Nile south of Aswan, Egypt, October 1963.Photograph by Georg Gerster, National Geographic

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Dec. 20, 1926: In defiance of a “No Trespassing” sign, Margaret K. Snyder, daughter of New York Giants catcher Frank Snyder — who was nicknamed Pancho — stood in the midst of somnolent alligators on a farm in St. Augustine, Fla. Photo: The New York Times

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April 27, 1947: An unused photograph of Babe Ruth from his visit to Yankee Stadium after a return from Florida, where he had been recuperating from cancer treatments. Nearly 60,000 were in attendance for Babe Ruth Day. “Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen,” he rasped. “You know how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad,” he said, adding, “There’s been so many lovely things about me, I’m glad I had the opportunity to thank everybody.” He died the next summer. Photo: Arthur Brower/...

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August 20, 2012

July 18, 1967: “Boy am I gonna sue you. My back hurts. My feet hurt,” Barbra Streisand, the actress and diva, told Ray Stark, the producer of the film version of “Funny Girl,” which was being shot on the East River pier. A story cataloged the actress’s laments as the filmmakers shot take after take of her running down the pier with luggage: “This is the hardest work I’ve ever known. I had to be up at 6 in the morning. I’m not used to that. Normally I don’t get up until 1. I’m used to theater hou...

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