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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Feb. 16, 1935: Another entry for the annals of “Things That Didn’t Catch On” from The Times’s Mid-Week Pictorial shows a demonstration of a typewriting device worn as gloves. Although the contraption was expected “to be useful in making bookkeeping entries,” its inventor, Alois Gamper of Bichlbach, Austria, failed to become a household name. Photo: The New York Times

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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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Walker Evans: License Photo Studio, New York, 1934 This photograph displays Walker Evans’ increasingly assured ability to construct meaning out of the juxtaposition of pictorial elements. Here they extend from the hands pointing to the doorway, to the crazy quilt of signs papered across the building’s facade, to graffiti scrawled among the signs. Many of Evans’ most sophisticated photographs from the period have a rebuslike quality, disclosing previously unnoticed connections...

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July 13, 1937: Peter the Great, a Bronx Zoo hippopotamus, feasted on carrots on his 34th birthday — a welcome improvement over the fiasco of his 31st, which, The Times reported, was “full of disappointment and bad luck.” On that dark day, Friday the 13th, not only did rain — Peter’s preferred weather — fail to materialize, but his misery peaked when a chocolate cake, brought by an admirer, was devoured in front of his eyes by a mob of greedy schoolboys. Photo: The New York Times

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thats-the-way-it-was: December 26, 1947:  Heavy snow blankets the Northeast U.S., buries NYC under 25+” of snow in 16 hrs. Photo: Art Whittaker/NY Daily News

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Visitors stare in awe at the stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, May 1968.Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic

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February 17, 2015

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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A submarine trainee and instructor rise to the surface of a training tank in New London, Connecticut, November 1952.Photograph by David Boyer, National Geographic

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Race cars roar around the track at the Iowa State Fair in 1938.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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A young vendor at the market in Fort de Kock, Indonesia, poses by her peppers, February 1930.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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An undated photo shows George Ford Morris, “celebrated American painter of the horse,” at work in the field. A 1949 article discussed his collection of works, comprising 4,000 items, including proofs, photographs and many originals. “It would be a lot of horses to have around if you had to feed them,” the artist said. Photo: The New York Times

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July 27, 1970: Jack Sogen was nudged by a bull that had just thrown him. Some 3,000 underprivileged children attended a rodeo at Weissglass Stadium on Staten Island, a preview performance for the championship at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Barton Silverman/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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Photographer’s reflection in a cut-out silhouette in a window.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

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Aug. 6, 1951: In Flushing Meadows, Queens, Elliot Murphy’s “Aqua-Show” featured, among its many attractions, a water ballet of 26 women in fluorescent bathing suits. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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In 1955, a 14-year-old with ambitions to go to the moon built a robot he named Gismo, winning the Industrial Arts Competition run by the Ford Motor Company. Gismo walked, talked and waved his arms, and he cost $15 to make. He was one of 72 examples of craftsmanship by teenagers on display at the Waldorf-Astoria. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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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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January 9, 2015

onlyoldphotography: René Burri: Picasso exhibition showing “Guernica,” Palazzo reale, Milan, Italy, 1953

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Oct. 21, 1969: In the aftermath of the Mets’ defeat of the Baltimore Orioles in a World Series upset, triumphant New Yorkers were treated to a ticker-tape parade. In addition to throwing the city’s sanctioned ticker tape, ecstatic fans shred newspapers and tossed them into the air, and unique paper products rained down from Wall Street offices, as ancient printer paper with the little holes, as well as the “tiny bits of punched-out material,” joined the swirl of celebratory materials. “The accum...

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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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Feb. 17, 1957: Marines practiced with a staff padded with foam rubber at the Parris Island boot camp in South Carolina. The photo ran with an article about increased scrutiny of drill instructors after the deaths of six recruits during a disciplinary march. In April 1956,  a Parris Island drill instructor, Sgt. Matthew C. McKeon, led his platoon into the tidal waters of Ribbon Creek; some of the men could not swim, and six drowned. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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Dec. 25, 1932: The Singing Boys of Vienna descended on the New Yorker Theater to regale a yuletide audience with Christmas carols and a “one-act comic opera, ‘Der Apotheker,’ ” reported The Times. “The work concerns a humble apothecary’s assistant who seeks the hand of the apothecary’s ward, while, at the same time, the apothecary, a rich young dude, wants to marry her,” the article said, continuing, in an era before the invention of the spoiler alert: “The opera ends happily with the ward and t...

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David Seymour : Children take refuge in underground shelters to escape the bombings,Island of Minorca, Spain, 1938. 

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