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

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March 29, 1931: Dr. Hugo Eckener, transport enthusiast and conductor of the famed Graf Zeppelin, rode a “headless horse” aboard the yacht of Col. Edward A. Deeds. The two had met to discuss plans for trans-Atlantic air service, Dr. Eckener’s most recent feat being an exploratory trip to the Arctic. Photo: The New York Times

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An invalid soldier stands beside a cannon in Paris, 1923.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

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Children wearing Mardi Gras costumes in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photograph by John Hypolite Coquille, National Geographic

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Nov. 16, 1966: As the Viennese Opera Ball loomed, Liselotte Waldheim — daughter of the Austrian ambassador — and a dancing partner were on hand to demonstrate the Viennese waltz, lest the young couples invited to the annual event, which benefited cancer research, be unprepared. “The session lasted about three hours,” The Times reported, “But all work and no play can make for unhappy waltz partners.” So goulash and soft drinks were served during an intermission. “We had hard drinks prepared,” Ms....

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A sled dog, tied to a whale rib, howls under the midnight sun in Alaska, 1969.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic Creative

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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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Nov. 19, 1966: Before they played the Atlanta Falcons at Yankee Stadium, the New York Giants “had special entertainment for youngsters at Yankee Stadium. Personalities on hand included J. Fred Muggs, comedian and would-be kicker,” who, by the sound of the article, couldn’t have hurt the Giants’ chance at an “attempt to do something rare for them—win a professional football game.” Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

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Race cars roar around the track at the Iowa State Fair in 1938.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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A portrait of a woman riding an ostrich in South Africa, August 1942.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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Aug. 26, 1976: Preparations for the season begin at the Metropolitan Opera. In this “wig” room at the Met, where wigs are prepared for all operas, women worked on wigs for “Figaro” and “Lohengrin.” Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times

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January 25, 2010

March 6, 1966: A picture showing a tree-lined road leading north from Lisbon to the Portuguese village of Alcobaca accompanied an article by Robert Deardorff, who undertook to live in Europe for some time as a tourist observing the act of tourism. “I think tourists should be expected to know something about the countries they intend to visit,” he wrote in a two-part series, adding, “I think that travel should be made harder, too, so that individuals would have more fun, and their own fun, instea...

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A young Kenyan woman holds her pet deer in Mombassa, March 1909.Photograph by Underwood and Underwood

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May 3, 1936: “A practice ride for the United States Military Olympic Team,” training for the pentathalon in the Berlin Olympics. A June 8 article went over the results of an “exhibition” of the team’s skills at Rye, N.Y., calling it “one of the largest assemblages ever to witness an outdoor horse show in the East.” Photo: The New York Times

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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Tiger cub sucking a human’s finger; it is temporarily being taken care of by Mrs. Martini, wife of the Bronx Zoo lion keeper, because the captive mother will not nurse her cubs. April, 1944

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Smiling young woman holds chick above chicken-filled incubator drawer in Arkansas, July 1944.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

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July 26, 1938: A summer storm felled the seiner Uncle Sam, which ran into rocks as it carried 45,000 pounds of mackerel back to harbor in Gloucester, Mass. The crew dumped the catch but pumps could not deal with the water, reported The Times, and the ship was abandoned. Photo: “The New York Times”

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May 27, 2009 Bessie Love

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

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Nov. 18, 1973: While New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tramped down an avenue, retailers were fretting about whether an inflated bull moose would portend a bull market. Photo: Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times

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January 26, 2010 Julie Newmar, 1953

Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine, 1926.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

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July 13, 1955: A crowd gathered to watch as workers pulled the burned wreckage of a helicopter from a 16th-floor ledge into which it had crashed. Two people — the pilot and a Port Authority photographer — were seriously injured. “A witness in a nearby building said the helicopter rose a short distance and suddenly fell at a forty-five-degree angle,” reported The Times. “Just as the pilot and photographer were pulled clear of the teetering craft, it slid over the far side of the wall and fell ont...

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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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Oct. 25, 1938: Despite waging a “continuous war against slot machines and all gambling rackets,” Mayor Fiorella La Guardia wasn’t averse to betting on the Yankees over the Cubs in the 1938 World Series, with the mayor of Chicago, Edward J. Kelly. “Had Mayor La Guardia lost his wager he would have had to send Mayor Kelly a box of fine cigars,” reported The Times. “When a photographer asked the Mayor to pose as if he were eating the meat, he chucked and said: ‘What, raw meat? I may be wild, but I’...

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