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

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July 26, 2010

Boys play with toy sailboats along the Nile south of Aswan, Egypt, October 1963.Photograph by Georg Gerster, National Geographic

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June 24, 2010 Mary Pickford

Fred Herzog: Man with bandage, Robson Street, 1958Life may be colorful, but black-and-white photography is more realistic - or so it was said. For many years, color photography was considered an inferior and not particularly valuable medium. Classic black-and-white photography was undisputed in the art world, but artistic color photography was supposedly banal and amateurish, a commercial medium for dilettantes.In the early 1950s, Fred Herzog began to revolutionize established viewing habits and...

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Four-foot long cod are slung across the backs of cod fishermen, February 1915.Photograph by A. B. Wiltse, National Geographic

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Oct. 15, 1951: “More than 1,000 men were involved in the walkout and union officials gloomily indicated that they were powerless” to halt a wildcat strike of longshoremen that “threatened last night to tie up indefinitely a major segment of shipping in New York harbor,” The Times reported. Workers played cards to wile away the hours while strikers and union leaders talked (or didn’t talk): “They won’t listen,” said Joseph P. Ryan, a union president. “They have a grievance but they have no leader...

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May 12, 1958: A contact sheet from a photo shoot at the Bronx Zoo for which an emperor penguin named Jill was the star, occasioning the addition of two duck-billed platypuses, which called “attention to the many other outstanding specimens” at the zoo. “The emperors are hand-fed — five pounds of mackerel a day,” her keeper, Chappie Solanto, told the Times magazine. “The public thinks they look like old men. And people are surprised at their fatness and that they don’t go into the water like othe...

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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: View of Los Angeles by night from the hills above city. 1936

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Though the weather was freezing, skaters descended on the Wollman Memorial Rink in Central Park, December 10, 1968. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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February 12, 1954 12-year-old Muscle Beach ‘regular’, April Atkins, displays unusual strength as she supports four persons weighing a total of 633 pounds on her back. (via USC Digital Library)

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May 6, 1965: This photo was originally published in a sequence of pictures. At the Aqueduct Spring Steeplechase, Mako (No. 8) and the jockey Pat Smithwick lost their footing on the final jump. Gramatam (No. 2) and the jockey Robert S. McDonald went on to win. Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

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Dec. 3, 1977: The view from the Roosevelt Island tram was enchanting for one passenger, ho-hum for another. Also ho-hum: that the other passenger happened to be a reindeer. Photo: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

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Two balls dropped from the tower in Pisa replay Galileo’s experiment, November 1974.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

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Charles Marville: Homme allongé au pied d'un chàtaignier, 1950-53 This image is somewhat atypical of Marville’s oeuvre. Its atmosphere of intimacy and nonchalance evokes the achievements of the wealthy amateur photographers of the time more than the severe architectural views usually associated with Marville. However, it was published in Blanquart-Évrard’s album, Études photographiques (1853), the title of which suggests that such pictures were intended as studies for artists.

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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 7, 1946: “Despite Cain’s stare, Queen Victoria hasn’t a hangover. The ‘icebag’ protects her elaborately carved crown,” The Times reported in the magazine. “Wonderful as are the works in the display galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art — one of the five or six great treasure houses of this world — a large part of the museum’s wonders is hidden from view in some forty storerooms, most of them underground,” wrote Charles Grutzner. Other pictures of some of the museum’s treasures sport...

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Sept. 3, 1963: Artists of all stripes peddled their wares in a 14-block area on the West Village; The New York Times magazine ran a profile of this bazaar the following spring. “The common factor of the exhibitors is that all have convinced a jury of two artists they have done the work themselves and are not therefore dealers or middlemen of any kind,” The Times reported. “Having paid $10 for seven feet of ‘running space,’ they are free to display and sell their produce, subject to supervision b...

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August 23, 2009 Jayne Mansfield
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December 1, 2009 Thanks, Thomas.

Traffic lights are made in Shreveport, Louisiana, and sent around the U.S. and abroad, December 1947.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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Sept. 26, 1937: Some 5,000 patriots came out to Mount Rushmore in September 1937 to see the unveiling of Abraham Lincoln’s face, measuring “66 feet from chin to crown,” the same height as his fellow granite presidents Washington and Jefferson (Theodore Roosevelt’s head would be dedicated in 1939). Coincidentally, when the “Shrine of Democracy” was presented, on the 150th anniversary of the Constitution’s signing, The New York Times’s lead story concerned another President Roosevelt’s not-quite-s...

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A balloon vendor runs across a road with a trailing mass of balloons in Buenos Aires, November 1921.Photograph by Newton W. Gulick, National Geographic

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Helen Ford donned a barrel for “Dearest Enemy,” a musical romance of the American Revolution, at the Knickerbocker Theater on Broadway. An article dated Dec. 27, 1925, speculated that a “subventioned observer” from the year 2025 would, after a period of careful consideration, write something like this: “The young women of 1925, it has been clearly proved, went around attired exclusively in barrels…. The dress, of course, probably had its disadvantages, if we are to believe the ancient legends ab...

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A 1936 color photograph shot in Berlin on Agfacolor, a German film.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

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