A school girl soars twice her height in a standing version of a seesaw in Tokyo, Japan, November 1964.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic

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July 16, 1948: “A new batch of freckles appeared on Joe’s nose after the first few minutes at the pool, and a slight accident on the diving board put a few scratches on his back,” The Times reported in an article about a sort of sports exchange, hosted by the Children’s Aid Society’s Good Sportsmanship Award winners. The two previous winners, Micky and Bobby, demonstrated their superior good sportsmanship skills by throwing their guest, Joe, into the pool. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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June 12, 1975: First Lady Betty Ford made a visit to the dance studio of Martha Graham, her former dance instructor, on East 63rd Street. “Miss Graham reminisced about her former pupil, who was known to her as Betty Bloomer,” reported The Times. “Although she noted that Mrs. Ford had decided not to become a professional dancer and had returned to her Grand Rapids home in 1940, Miss Graham expressed the view that the discipline of dance training was useful in life itself.” Mrs. Ford said: “She ga...

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March 10, 1935: On a slope of Mount Rainier in Washington, where a month later Hannes Schroll of Austria, the only non-North American, won the United States downhill championship, riding “a slender pair of skies at a mile a minute rate in a breath-taking swoop” down the course, according to The Times (the photo can be found on Page 120 of this issue). For reasons unrelated to skiing, Mount Rainier is considered dangerous — the United States Geological Survey calls it one of the nation’s most haz...

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April 19, 1948: The Times was not impressed with President Truman’s southpaw pitch to open a game between the Yankees and the Washington Senators: “low, quiet and, on the whole, extremely conservative.” The Yankees, “apparently feeling that as world champions they should provide the capacity of 31,728 with something something far more energetic,” scored seven runs in the first inning and won, 12-4. Photo: Bruce Hoertel/The New York Times

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March 15, 1955: A Times article reporting a protest of service cuts on trains running between Weehawken, N.J., and Albany carried this photo of someone’s nightmare, and adopted a lighthearted tone: “These little piggies went to Weehawken,” the caption read; “A hog can ride the West Shore — why can’t you?” the passengers chanted. Photo: William C. Eckenberg/The New York Times

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A couple seated in a living room looks out a window at skiers on lawn in Duluth, Minnesota, September 1949.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart and Jack E. Fletcher, National Geographic

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March 10, 1933: Finally, a “fool-proof hover plane,” which, the back of the photo explained, would revolutionize “air transport, since it can take off vertically from the ground and descend in like manner.” Its inventors added that it could “hover or fly backwards at will.” Whose will, it didn’t say, raising the specter of a very frightening giant mechanical dragonfly indeed. Photo: The New York Times

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Oct. 25, 1987: In Washington Square Park, acrobats belonging to a group calling itself the Calypso Tumblers, performed impossible feats — including leaping over eight brave volunteers — to a thrilled crowd. Photo: Dith Pran/The New York Times

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Oct. 8, 1973: After fisticuffs broke out at second base between Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and Bud Harrelson of the Mets after a double play, Yogi Berra sought to calm the Shea Stadium fans, who were throwing things onto the field. “While Mayor Lindsay and the rest of the crowd watched in amazement, Yogi Berra led a peace delegation across the outfield lawn to quiet the fans — Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Rusty Staub and 42-year-old Willie Mays,” reported The Times. “They stood in the no man’s...

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September 12, 2014 Saul Leiter: Festival, 1954

June 1940: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia met with Brooklyn youngsters destined for summer camps, which, according to Dr. Shirley W. Wynne, president of the Children’s Welfare Federation, was an act of patriotism in those uncertain times: “We know how the totalitarian countries have used their camps and with what devastating effect. It is our job to use our camps to build better citizens for democracy and peace.” Photo: The New York Times

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Feb. 18, 1965: A crowd of more than 40,000 fans flooded the Yonkers Raceway for a day of horse racing, but you wouldn’t guess it by this image of Herman Weiss of Brooklyn. Mr. Weiss, however, had showed up at 5:30 p.m. and braved the “seasonably cold” weather to see Cold Front earn $10,000 in winnings. Mr. Weiss was wise to arrive early, “For, locked outside in the worst log-jam of automobiles ever seen along Central Avenue were more than 10,000 fans, unable to get in,” The Times reported. “Race...

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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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Spectators gather around a dying finback whale in Provincetown, Massachusetts, August 1962.Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic

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Thomas Hoepker: Downtown Manhattan with World Trade Center towers, seen from “lover’s lane” in New Jersey. New Jersey, 1983.

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March 23, 1960: It was a battle between man and pigeon on Park Avenue, where an agent from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tried to capture three pigeons trapped in the Union Carbide Building, new at the time. The agent, Tom Morton, was able to net only one bird.  “Two pigeons that somehow had got built into the skyscraper, along with air conditioning and escalators, proved slicker than people,” the article read. Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times

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July 11, 1943: The Times Sunday Magazine on this date was a trove of World War II vintage. There was a paratrooper’s account of his first jump, an “Epic of the French Underground,” how to keep home in wartime (ads boasted that French’s mustard “makes thrifty wartime meals taste delicious!” or advised “How to Guard Your Weight and Energy During Food Rationing”) — and a story about entertainments for weary war workers. “The factory whistle blows, the workers gather, the show is on,” read The Times...

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To entertain the men, Captain Robert Scott took a gramophone on his South Pole Expedition. Chris, one of his dogs, was apparently also a fan, September 1911.Photograph by Herbert G. Ponting, National Geographic

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A welder works on cowls for liberty ships in California, 1942.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.

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Dec. 4, 1921: Keeping track of an airplane’s position was a taller task in the days before radar. The United States Navy and others used comically enormous ears to listen for planes, especially at night. Photo: The New York Times

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July 4, 1949: Two sailors from Wichita, Kan., arrived via aircraft carrier to New York, to try the parachute drop, a ride inspired by a training device for paratroopers. The ride, at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, saw its popularity, as well as that of the park, in decline by the 1950s. Steeplechase Park stopped operating in 1964 and the parachute drop, too expensive to tear down, was declared a landmark in 1977. Photo: George Alexanderson/The New York Times

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June 24, 1968: Fans of the boxer Manuel Ramos cheered his entry into the ring, where he was beaten by Joe Frazier in two rounds in the brand new Madison Square Garden. “At the bell ending the first round, both gladiators were rewarded with an ovation,” reported The Times. “The wild-eyed crowd, announced as 10,785, included about 500 Mexican visitors. Many of the Mexicans wore straw sombreros with ‘Ramos’ and their idol’s nickname, ‘Pulgarcito,’ stitched on the brims.” Photo: Larry C. Morris/The...

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Dec. 13, 1948: The buck — and the fowl — stops here: Turkeys destined for President Truman’s Christmas dinner in Independence, Mo., were presented to him by the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board. Though the presentation of Thanksgiving turkeys to sitting presidents began with Truman, the first President Bush made the “turkey pardon” an official presidential act. “As a result of being bred to be much larger than a normal turkey,” The New York Times wrote in 2013, “...

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June 7, 1966: Twenty-five years after “Mayor La Guardia declared it ‘the new shame of the cities,’” burlesque shows returned to New York City, prompting The New York Times to ask, “Is venery, as the New Critics used to say, still viable?” While the comic Buddy Bryant and the performer Electrique rested between acts, a reporter sauntered about, observing antics both onstage and off, and what it all meant. “I’m a little pessimistic about the whole thing,” a performer named Georgia told The Times....

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Aug. 18, 1962: Young fans at the Polo Grounds in New York sought autographs from Joe Christopher of the Mets, even though the lowly team — which “at bat and on the mound remained a critical notch below National League standards” — would fall, twice, to the St. Louis Cardinals in a 13-game losing streak that ended Aug. 21. Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times

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A standalone photo spread from Feb. 10, 1924 —  which also included images of the tightrope walker Bird Millman traversing the air above Broadway, parasol in hand — showed a fisherman catching a bass on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Fla., in gloriously un-February-like weather. Photo: The New York Times

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April 28, 1934: In Philadelphia, Jack Wolff of Manhattan College finished the one-mile relay at the Penn Relay Carnival with a time of 3 minutes 16 seconds. “They went out with grim determination,” reported Arthur J. Daley, “each of the four white-jerseyed youngsters running the race of his life.” Photo: The New York Times

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November 1960: Dogs howled into the wind at the New Zealand Scott Base, on the McMurdo Sound of Antarctica’s southern shores. Not long after the photo was taken (Nov. 6), a magnetic storm wiped out communications between the base and researchers based in Christchurch, New Zealand. “There is no fear for the safety of the men in icy isolation at the bottom of the world,” The Times wrote, but “the current radio blackout does further jeopardize the achievement of several scientific goals set for dee...

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