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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Locals walk the streets of Madison Square near the Flatiron Building in New York City, 1918. This photo and others from the National Geographic archives are being auctioned by Christie’s in an exclusive, online-only sale from July 19-29, see here for detailsPhotograph by W.W. Rock, National Geographic

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A hot few months during the Cold War — from February to May 1955, 14 atomic bomb tests were conducted just for Operation Teapot, in the Nevada desert. People were on high alert. Here, Air Force personnel loaded the “Mighty Mouse” rockets onto jet fighters at Andrews Air Force Base. These rockets, about 2.75 inches in diameter, were primarily intended to shoot down other aircraft. May 25, 1955. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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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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People on the beach in Germany as a plane flies overhead, 1928.Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien, National Geographic

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July 3, 1958: While President Dwight D. Eisenhower was signing the Rivers and Harbors Flood Control Bill in response to Hurricanes Connie and Diane, which had ravaged the East Coast, yachtsmen took to their boats on Manhasset Bay, off Long Island, on a sunny Thursday before Independence Day. Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times

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March 14, 1974: Baffled, hat-donning stockbrokers struggled to make sense of stock numbers which gave conflicting signals: “The market seemed to be waiting to learn exactly what took place at the meeting of Arab oil ministers in Libya. It has generally gained for more than a month in anticipation of an end to the oil embargo. Now the situation still seems confused,” reported The Times. Photo: Tyrone Dukes/The New York Times

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A view of a whale’s fluke as it dives after being harpooned in Point Hope, Alaska, September 1942.Photograph by Froelich G. Rainey, National Geographic

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A 1932 portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt with a near-ethereal glow, which might have better served the front-page news, on April 13, 1945, of his passing. It was a crowded A1 — the advance of the Allies on Berlin in Germany; battles in the Pacific; Harry Truman’s swearing in — but room was made for an article that focused on the president’s last words: “I have a terrific headache.” Photo: The New York Times

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March 27, 1921: Contents under pressure — a Weimar-era advertising gimmick put unemployed soldiers to work extolling the virtues of German champagne. Years later, in The Times Magazine, Stephen Spender recalled youthful days in Berlin toward the end of the 1920s. “We saw Berlin as a tremendous phenomenon, but not as the cultural center of the then contemporary Europe,” he wrote. “In fact, I doubt whether Berlin could ever be the center of anything, even of Germany: It is a kind of off-center, ju...

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On Oct. 23, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the Proclamation for Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba, or the Cuba Quarantine, in the midst of the scariest 13 days of the cold war. With a letter from the Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, the next day warning that the blockade constituted an act of aggression, the crisis seemed to escalate. After invocations of mutual assured destruction, secret deals, a downed U-2 spy plane and more, the crisis was averted on Oct. 28...

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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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Nov. 26, 1965: Astronauts rehearsed a moon landing while other maneuvers were underway above, as the spacecrafts Gemini 6 and 7 met in space (but, for safety concerns, the crew were ordered “not to let their ships touch”) just a few weeks after this photograph was taken. The mission was intended to explore the effects of long-term spaceflight for a planned moon venture: “Astronauts must be able to join two orbiting vehicles for lunar flight,” The Times reported. Astronauts on the Gemini 6 earned...

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October 1955: A series of photos in The Times magazine — Page 265 in this issue — showed how the “Corporal,” a ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, was loaded up and fired. It was a lengthy and complicated process. Later that year, ominous headlines warned of Soviet advances in making intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying bombs 600 to 800 miles, with reports that the United States was ramping up its own lagging program. “We’re not so much worried about today, a...

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A couple in a boat paddle on a lily pond and collect flowers in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington D.C., 1923.Photograph by Charles Martin, National Geographic

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Nov. 17, 1945: Celebrating the first birthday of a 15-ton model of the Statue of Liberty in Times Square, which was erected by the War Activities Committee of the film industry to encourage interest in war bonds. The statue was declared a hazard two months later, according to an article in The Times, and scheduled for demolition after engineers found a crack running from the base to the top. Photo: The New York Times

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Oct. 30, 1961: At Cape Canaveral, a Saturn rocket — an early iteration of the rockets that would take astronauts to the moon — headed for the skies, part of “a great expansion of the area of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Missile Test Center,” The Times reported, which was sure to change things for the “fisherman and those who sought a secluded spot on the ocean away from noise and confusion” who had traditionally occupied the area. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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Personifying evil, a costumed mapico dancer in Mozambique hides from spectators, 1964.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative

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May 26, 1961: A sudden noise panicked poor Patrolhorse Cam, who “bolted and plunged” into the East River, The Times reported. His rider, Patrolman John A. Jezsek, rolled off Cam’s back while another patrolman dived in and another called for, who else, the police. “Police launches, a helicopter, emergency service trucks and a Department of Sanitation wrecker with a crane boom” were dispatched. After being examined by the department veterinarian, “Cam was given a rubdown, a stimulant, some hot mas...

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Runway model shows off gown made of Como silk in Belagio, Italy, July 1968.Photograph by Joe Scherschel, National Geographic

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Nov. 16, 1969: Just a few months after Dwight D. Eisenhower’s death, his premonitions of a military-industrial complex were being reported on in The Times magazine, in an article with a photograph in which a mechanic checked the intake blades of a C-5 Galaxy Transport, built by Lockheed in Marietta, Ga. “Since the U.S. is both underwriter and customer, … it should own the defense industry.” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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April 27, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson picking up one of his two beagles — named Him and Her — by the ears, prompting outrage and a defensive president, insisting that they enjoyed it. “It’s good for him,” said President Johnson. “And if you’ve ever followed dogs, you like to hear them yelp.” John Neff, executive vice president of the American Kennel Club, told The Times, “I’ve never heard it said that this is good for beagles.” Photo: The New York Times

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June 24, 1965: Jack Dempsey, left, celebrated his 70th birthday at his namesake restaurant on Broadway by “playing waiter-host” to his fellow boxing champions Willie Pep, center, and Mickey Walker. “Dempsey was a modest host,” The Times reported. “While the films” — old clips from his glory days — “were on the screen, he seemed to be ignoring the action. He strolled instead around the restaurant, shaking hands with tourists and signing autographs. Outside on Broadway, a huge crowd gathered to pe...

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Geysers of sand explode as geologists probe for oil-bearing land in Saudi Arabia, January 1966.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic

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Late-summer leisure in Atlanta’s Grant Park. “Socially, Atlanta is everything that might be expected of a city with the vim of a Chicago, combined with the Southern graciousness of a Richmond,” The Times wrote in 1895. And although some vestiges of Reconstruction left some Northern men, money and soldiers in the city, “Atlanta is as much a Southern city as Chicago is a Northern or Western one,” The Times averred. Incidentally, Chicago, too, has a Grant Park. Photo: The New York Times

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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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