Mar. 29, 1941: A lion roared what our lion lip-readers assured us was disapproval as he paced at rehearsal. Photo: The New York Times

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June 18, 1978: An abandoned pier collapsed into the Hudson River at Bethune Street in Greenwich Village, but that didn’t faze sunbathing New Yorkers. After all, they considered the piers their beaches, according to an article published two years later. “The pier in the Village replaces the stoop,“ one West Village resident, Robert Lienhardt, was quoted as saying. "There is no other major place to get the sun.” Photo: Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

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January 15, 2010

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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Oct. 9, 1972: A look at the recent proliferation of seediness in New York City appeared in a Times article carrying this picture, as massage parlors and sex shows began sprouting up everywhere, even as police raids tried to quell their numbers. “Everyone seems afraid of meeting a pervert, or perhaps of being thought of as one,” reported The Times, which noted how solemn these diversions could make the men who frequented them. “At the live shows and the dirty movies, no one willingly sits next to...

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Research expedition members celebrate crossing the Equator on the Indian Ocean, July 1989.Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic

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A woman working on a mosaic of Mary and baby Jesus in Vatican City.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

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Witnesses rushed to the aid of Nell Theobald, a model held in the toothy grip of a 223-pound lion until the lion’s jaws were pried open, at a BMW auto show press preview. Ms. Theobald’s woes continued after the mauling — although doctors saved her leg intact, the $3 million lawsuit she filed was settled, to her disappointment, for $250,000. Later, she became a predator of sorts herself, stalking a Swedish opera singer for nearly 10 years. Ms. Theobald committed suicide in 1977, asking that her a...

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Feb. 13, 1961: What were New York City’s requirements for becoming a lifeguard in 1961? Applicants had to be under the age of 35 (alas, one couldn’t be both president and a city lifeguard), at least 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weigh  135 pounds or more. Girls, foreigners and out-of-staters weren’t allowed, and the boys had to be able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds, freestyle. “The city will help laggards,” reported John C. Devlin. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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Aug. 14, 1931: A handwritten caption in pencil identifies these sharpshooters with shotguns as a motorcycle patrol in Central Park. Photo: The New York Times

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People gather on a roof terrace in the District of Columbia as lights come on in nearby buildings, April 1967.Photograph by Joe Scherschel, National Geographic

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James van der Zee: Couple with a Cadillac or, Couple in Raccoon Coats, 1932 Portrait of Couple with Raccoon Coats & Stylist Car, 1932 is a perfect depiction of how he wanted blacks in Harlem to be portrayed. His camera angle is straight- forward and his style is consistent and very dynamic. The couple exudes wealth, from their fur coats, to the shiny new cadillac that they are posing on. The woman expression acknowledges the presence of an on looker while the gentleman’s expression looks al...

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From the the Mid-Week Pictorial, a nabbing of smugglers, dated July 16, 1925. The caption: “Camouflage that failed: Schooner Nantisco at the Army Base, Brooklyn, after capture by revenue agents, who discovered 3,000 cases of liquor concealed under a load of lumber.” Photo: The New York Times

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Dec. 6, 1938: Mayor Fiorella La Guardia applied a sledgehammer to hundreds of slot machines as part of a continuing effort to curb gambling and guns. “The Mayor took a sledgehammer and swung it lustily five times over a slot machine,” reported The Times in 1935. “Here you see a splendid exhibition of police energy. The Police Department, with the cooperation of the five District Attorneys, has been able to put the fear of the Lord into the gangsters. Let this be a notice to them that they will b...

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Oct. 29, 1954: A visit by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to New York included being whisked to the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She charmed her American guides, chatting with them amiably and was “nearly mobbed” as she left the building. “How the crowds knew she was in the building was something of a mystery,” The Times reported. “Her decision to make a visit was not made until noon.” People thronged for a glimpse of royalty, even if it meant playing hooky and wai...

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Tourists explore eroded clay rock formations in Nevada, 1946.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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March 8, 1919: The statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a 15th-century Venetian military person of rank, was removed from Venice to prevent vandalism of it during Austria-Hungary’s advance on the Italian front during World War I. The statue was saved from the Austrians’ foul scribblings, but not, alas, from the pigeons of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church, who rest on Colleoni’s bronze steed to this day. Photo: The New York Times

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An itinerant cowpuncher travels with his wife and dog in Alpine, Texas. We want to hear your dog stories - how Devoted is your dog? Tell us on National Geographic Your Shot. Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

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July 18, 1971: “For the Jets, happiness was having their quarterback in training camp on opening day today for the first time in three years,” The Times reported on the occasion of Joe Namath’s return from a wrist injury, where he talked in the locker room with Weeb Ewbank, the coach. Namath was all enthusiasm that season, as opposed to the previous one: “This year I want to play; last year I didn’t.” But a preseason injury delayed his season debut until the third quarter of a game in Week 11, w...

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1925: Spinelli, “Paris stage favorite” of the equestrian burlesque, practiced her act before a fawning camera (another version of this image on page 111 of this issue). Photo: The New York Times

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Women dance to send off a friend on an airplane trip in Mopti, Mali, 1966.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic Creative

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No, it’s not a troll, sewer rat or the devil calling for William Goldwater, foreman of an underground leak-control team — he’s listening for leaks using a device called an aquaphone. “To the uninitiated ear,” wrote William E. Farrell for the paper of Aug. 16, 1965, “the sound was a little like that heard from a small seashell. ‘Our men can differentiate between the different sounds,’ Mr. Goldwater said, ‘the sounds of steam, of motors in buildings, all kinds of equipment. A leak is a long sssshh...

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Dolphins seen from above jump in the wake of a passing ship, 1918.Photograph by W. C. Moore, National Geographic

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Three scientists sit inside a fire lit bat cave in Panama, August 1915.Photograph by George Shiras, National Geographic

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From the Mid-Week Pictorial: Marian Holmes knelt inside the glass of a 100,000-watt incandescent bulb to be exhibited by the Westinghouse Company at the World Fair in Chicago. She held a 60-watt bulb for comparison. The caption noted that the bulb “must be strong enough to withstand a crushing strain of 40,000 pounds.” Aug. 4, 1934. Photo: The New York Times

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Aug. 7, 1980: Mother Teresa prayed at St. Rita’s Roman Catholic Church in the South Bronx, her first visit to the United States as a Nobel Peace laureate. “Let us thank God for our people, the poor people,” she said at a newly opened soup kitchen there, which she blessed. “They have given us much more than we have given to them. Let us continue to love God in the poor.” Her stay was largely kept private, reported The Times. “ ‘We didn’t tell anybody,’ said Sister Priscilla, who is in charge of t...

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March 8, 2012

A young woman admires flowers in a Baden garden in Germany, June 1928.Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien, National Geographic

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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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 Wolfgang Suschitzky: Trafalgar Square, London, 1953 “I frequently found subjects to photograph when I passed Trafalgar Square with my camera.” (Wolfgang Suschitzky)

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April 28, 1948: This photo ran as part of a two-page photo essay about the “Washington scene.” The hats, piled on an eight-foot mahogany table in the lobby of the East Wing of the White House, were deemed “a barometer of presidential activity,” the caption read. “All but the most important visitors leave their gear here. This collection was deposited by a delegation of magazine editors who obtained an appointment with the president.” Photo: George Tames/The Ne...

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May 21, 1983: The photos shows a white Tuscan lamb coat in an Eskimo motif, but a fashion write-up of a Revillon show asked, “Would one have believed, in 1983, that a luxury furrier would revive rabbit?” Given rabbits’ recent track record in fashion, the answer was maybe, if those rabbits were French: “They’re nothing like those baby bunting numbers that appeared briefly around town in the 1970’s and shed themselves into oblivion. Revillon’s cottontails are French and said to be more tenacious a...

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April 1975: The New York Times Magazine published a 21-page article about President Gerald R. Ford. “He does 20 push-ups and 20 lifts of his torso,” the caption on this photo read. “He says he falls asleep in 10 seconds, sleeps soundly for five hours and wakes up fully refreshed.” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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