March 5, 1958: An obsolete Sherman tank, named for the Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman and bought on surplus, was used to demolish obsolete housing at 57th Street and Broadway in West New Y...

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A wealthy group of young people relax by a pool in California, 1940.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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April 7, 1983: For the 50th anniversary of the “King Kong” film, a 3,000-pound model was being hoisted onto the Empire State Building once again, but “with a blowout in an armpit” and other problems, the nylon replica ape was a laughingstock, or a disappointment, but not a terror, for millions of metropolitan area residents. Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

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An undated autochrome image of two parrots on a branch.Photograph by Franklin Price Knott, National Geographic

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July 4, 1952: Chicago. As part of its coverage of the Republican National Convention, The Times ran a full program and a chart showing the positions that delegates would occupy on the convention floor. “Some 99 percent of the nation’s television sets in 64 cities will receive ‘live’ coverage of the conventions,” an article read. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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June 3, 1931: A group portrait ’round the roulette table in the “Nevada mecca of divorce seekers,” Reno. “It’s all nonsense trying to regulate people’s morals by law,” said Reno’s mayor, E.E. Roberts. “For eight years I’ve been trying to make Reno a place where everybody can do what they please, just so they don’t interfere with other people’s rights,” he continued. Photo: The New York Times

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Dec. 24, 1935: Though there were happy frolics in Central Park on Christmas Eve, with new sleds put to use on the week’s fresh snow, the news of the day carried headlines of a “voluntary exile” to England by Charles Lindbergh, his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and their 3-year-old son, Jon. Photo: The New York Times

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April 14, 1933: From the Mid-Week Pictorial, three Burmese “giraffe-necked women” who arrived in New York to “to appear as one of the attractions of the Barnum and Bailey Circus now playing here.” Whether the women were overjoyed to join the circus, or whether they were coerced, is left to readers’ imaginations. When Bertram Mills, the circus mogul who presented the women to the Western world, died in 1938, The Times reported that he “once offered to pay $100,000 to anyone who caught the fabulou...

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A giant Olmec head discovered in 1946 gets a patch, San Lorenzo, Mexico.Photograph by Richard Hewitt Stewart, National Geographic

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Sept. 12, 1960: “This will go down in history as one of the biggest hurricanes that ever hit New York and the metropolitan area,” said one meteorologist of Hurricane Donna, but some, including a few die-hards at a downtown bar, would not be discouraged from their afternoon tipple. Photo: Allyn Baum/The New York Times

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August 21, 2012

Girls standing in water holding bunches of American Lotus, Amana, Iowa, November 1938.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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Jan. 13, 1932: From The Times’s Mid-Week Pictorial: “Billed as the smallest pony in the world: Santab, which at the age of a year is only 25 inches high and weighs 60 pounds, on display as an attraction in a London store.” Photo: The New York Times

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Aug. 2, 1976: Doreen Haviland, in front, rides the flume with Tara Nugent and Officer Dick Porteus in this photo, taken in Coney Island at the 40th annual Police Anchor Club outing for the widows and children of deceased police officers. See related archival photos of children on the Lens blog. Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

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Nov. 16, 1930: From the Mid-Week pictorial, this photo’s caption read: “One of the largest and most complete collections of guns privately owned by an amateur collector is possessed by Louis Epelley of St. Louis, who has been gathering these ancient arms for the past thirty years. His collection, which contains more than 300 guns, occupies the better part of his home and little cigar store. The oldest arm in the collection is a flint-lock Turkish gun with pike butt and stock of brass...

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Oct. 5, 1938: “Monsters of the air,” the published caption read. The British Air Ministry gave The New York Times some of the first photographs of the Air Force balloon barrage at Cardington, England, the home of the No. 1 Balloon Training Unit. Several hundred balloons were delivered to the Royal Air Force to be used for air defense in and around London. See more vintage photos of dirigibles on The Times’s photography blog, Lens. Photo: The New York Times

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A man shows tribal scars on his back in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 1919.Photograph by E. Torday, National Geographic

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photobigbang: http://www.photobigbang.com/vintage/galerie-2/ fernand aubry, coiffeur visagiste, paris, 1950 

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After prohibiting them for 116 years, McSorley’s Old Ale House was ordered by Mayor John Lindsay to open its doors to women in 1970. The article from that August describes the first co-ed bar brawl in McSorley’s history, when Lucy Komisar, a vice-president of the National Organization for Women and pictured at right, was heckled and antagonized by patrons. Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

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December 6, 2014
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Taken in 1964, this photo of a baby great white shark accompanied a Times Magazine article profiling practitioners of “monster fishing.” It was published in 1973 just before the frenzy stirred by the “Jaws” novel and films, quoting a shark fisherman: “They have more lives than a bag full of cats. They can wake up hours after you think they’ve been dried-out-dead in the sun, and grab your leg for lunch and still be mad enough to want an arm, too.” Photo: The New York Times

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December 27, 2014

Checking in on the children at summer camp: A sarcastic gem in the Sunday Magazine on Aug. 8, 1954, described parents’ weekend at camp as “a charged occasion of what psychologists call bipolarity, which is the impulse to belt a child with one hand while stroking him with the other, or, in the bitter vulgate of one rejected parent with an extensive head file of old jokes, a ‘mixed emotion, like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in the new Cadillac.’ ” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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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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Oct. 27, 1967: Avram Grobard, left, proprietor of El Avram, a Grove Street joint, played accordion at his nightclub — newest one in a list of New York spots with roots in the Mediterranean,” as The Times reported. “On a quiet midweek evening, El Avram was almost filled with a chatty crowd, many in ties and jackets, many in sweaters or shirtsleeves and some of both sorts in yarmulkes and beards (hippie or Chassidic?).” Photo: Larry C. Morris/The New York Times

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April 25, 1959: Though Fidel Castro’s 1959 visit to New York City included a rally in Central Park at which a bomb-carrying assassin was thwarted, and though the Cuban leader’s program included seeding socialist revolution across the Americas, it didn’t preclude a break for ice cream, nor a trip to the Bronx Zoo. The Times reported Mr. Castro as saying, after he fed some elephants, that the zoo was “the best thing New York City has.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

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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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