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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dirtyoldhoe: grapnel: A cheeky Jersey girl playfully flips the bird while sampling some cherry pie.  Apparently taken at a national cherry pie contest - ca. 1957(?). The New Jersey State Bird..!!!

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Sept. 22, 1935: Young fascists, with their light caps, dark shirts and brass band, paraded before Benito Mussolini at the Piazza di Siena in Rome. Photo: The New York Times

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July 19, 1954: One of the more boastful cruise ships to set sail since the Titanic, the superliner United States (“America’s largest, fastest and newest passenger liner”) had an appointment with its own special “beauty parlor” in Bayonne, N.J. “A spokesman for the line said this would be the third time in her two-year career that she would be looked over below the waterline,” The Times reported. “Work to be performed at Bayonne will include bottom scraping, painting and a check of her propellers...

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April 17, 1958: “Detroit lives on a roller coaster,” The Times magazine reported in a splashy, photo-laden feature, continuing: “It leads the economy and it is chained to it. Its manufacturers gamble upward of a billion dollars each year on their ability to guess what Americans will want and on their having enough money to buy it.” Unlike these “luckiest” building Cadillacs, the recently laid-off are the “chief sufferers on the human side,” which includes “tens of thousands of ex-G.I.’s, one-tim...

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July 21, 1932: The windjammer Penang, drydocked in London, loomed over clotheslines strung between houses, or, as the back of the photograph poetically offers, “riding the billows of family laundry.” Photo: The New York Times

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Jan. 17, 1926: “Yes, they do look as much alike as two Ford cars,” reported The Times of the Dolly Twins, the multi-talented performers whose act evidently involved dolls, and whose distinction of being twins clearly bedeviled one writer for The Times in 1916. “You study the hair, the features, the complexion of both, and there is seemingly no difference. The voices, too, are identical, and you give up.” One had to take the writer’s word for it — there were no pictures featured with the article....

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A girl stands in front of her hut on the Painted Desert in Arizona in 1929.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

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The balloon Explorer II is launched in 1935 in South Dakota.Photograph by Richard Hewitt Stewart, National Geographic

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Feb. 24, 1934: “Perfect New Diving Helmet!” After a year of experimentation, Eric D. Chapman of Cleveland, right, developed this 95-pound diving bell, which allowed its wearer to “descend in depths of 50 feet of water and move about without difficulty or discomfort.” He hoped to deploy the device at the summer Y.M.C.A. camp he directed, “so that hundreds of small boys will be able to view strange sights at the bottom of their small island lake.” Photo: The New York Times

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Dec. 21, 1993: Twenty years ago, almost to the day, a reindeer conducted Charles H. Evans’s automobile on the Henry Hudson Parkway right into a logjam of traffic. Photo: Ángel Franco/The New York Times

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March 3, 1934: Men stood on stone pillars like living statues in Trafalgar Square in London, watching “a noisy crowd of 10,000 assembled for the last of the hunger marchers’ demonstrations,” reported The Times. The march was one of several in Britain — like the Jarrow March two years later — to protest unemployment in blighted areas of the country. Though the marchers booed the police, the protest was largely orderly. Photo: The New York Times

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Tourists atop the Chicago Tribune building look down on the Chicago River, the site of Old Fort Dearborn.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola, April 1946.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

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March 24, 1955: Spring cleaning on Governors Island, when Fort Jay was still actively used by the Army. Even the ferryboats got a scrub. “A touch of dignity was lent to the occasion by the 1201st Service Unit Ceremonial Detachment,” reported The Times. “Famous for its drilling maneuvers, it shouldered brooms instead of guns and put on an exhibition of cadence marching. Then the marchers prosaically went to work sweeping up.” Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times

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Georger Hoyningen-Huene: Model wearing Rose Descat hat, and beaver-trimmed coat and scarf, both by Lucien Lelong, 1932

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Aug. 1, 1947: In a “mighty demonstration,” the 40th anniversary of military aviation in the United States was celebrated with a 25-plane flyover in New York – shown here passing the Empire State Building – and a birthday luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel. “Meanwhile,"a general with the Army’s ground forces also paid tribute, an accompanying article said, "but reiterated his belief that any future war would reach final decision only through the soldier o...

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A street-cleaning cart in New York City, where there were said to be 450 of them in 1915. Earlier that year, The Times reported on other improvements to the city’s streets, at a meeting held at Columbia University by the three borough presidents and John T. Fetherston, street-cleaning commissioner. The four men “discussed the planning, construction and maintenance of public highways and public works and street cleaning before an audience including many of the prettiest young women students in th...

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April 9, 1985: The pitching prodigy Dwight Gooden on the mound in his second season with the Mets, where at age 20 he “became the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award,” reported The Times in 2001, when he retired. “He was so good,” said his pitching coach with the Yankees, Mel Stottlemyre, but, recalling the substance abuse problems that surfaced after the Mets’ 1986 World Series win, he added, “In this game sometimes too much success too early can be as harmful as it is helpful to us.” Photo:...

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Dec. 16, 1960: The wreckage of a jet airline fell on the “once-fashionable Park Slope area” at Sterling Place and Seventh Avenue, after two planes bound for New York International Airport (today’s J.F.K.) and La Guardia Airport collided in midair. The second plane crashed on Staten Island; it was conjectured that the planes flew into each other there. One-hundred thirty-four people died, and the United DC-8 narrowly missed crashing into a school that was in session with “more than 1,000 children...

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hollyhocksandtulips: Martin Rubenstein and Kathleen Gorham, dancers in the J.C. Williamson / Borovansky Ballet production of Gay Rosalinda, 1946.  Photo by Hal Williams.

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Nov. 30, 1951: “It is this teeming rough-and-tumble gold coast” — Brooklyn, and its 10-mile waterfront and attendant shipping industry — “that is now the subject of what promises to be the first intensive official inquiry into a plaguing question: ‘How much does crime afflict the waterfront of the nation’s premier port?’ ” So queried The Times in a photo presentation in the magazine, which included these longshoremen waiting to unload a Danish freighter and its cargo. Photo: Sam Falk/The New Yor...

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November 9, 1943 American film actress Veronica Lake, illustrates what can happen to women war workers who wear their hair long while working at their benches, in a factory somewhere in America. (via The Atlantic)

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For The Times Magazine, a “Portrait of the Ideal Space Man,” if not the ideal space cat, from February 1958. As experts were contemplating the medical specifics of what weightlessness in space would do to a living, breathing human being, an unlucky kitten was volunteered as a stand-in, floating from the hand of Capt. Druey P. Parks inside an F-94C jet at 25,000 feet. The article, by Donald G. Cooley, characterized the cat’s reaction as “bewilderment.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Frank Lloyd Wright at his home and studio, Taliesin East, at Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1956

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An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay, March 1948.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

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Aug. 13, 1981:  An electrician suspended above the main chandelier in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera as the “famed chandelier” was lowered to the floor of the entry for cleaning and overhaul by a maintenance crew. “Met Chandelier Gets Its Annual Facelift,” a caption read in The New York Times. Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times

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 Francis Wu: Shellfish Catching at Dawn, undated Francis Wu, who moved to Hong Kong in 1931, always wanted to show the world that Hong Kong is to be respected and recognized in the field of photography. The name Francis Wu is an institutional with local and overseas photographers. Francis lived in Hong Kong for over 50 years. He is part of Hong Kong’s photographic history. Mr. Wu maintains as one of the top ambitions the spreading of photography among the Chinese. He made a number of trips to v...

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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 Burchell’s zebra at rest in the African terrain. From a March 1909 article about President Theodore Roosevelt’s upcoming hunting trip to Kenya.Photograph by Carl E. Akeley, National Geographic

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May 27, 2009 Unknown ballerina