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

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Mid 1950s Note the cat on his lap. From the submitter: “I hooked a coat hanger over his collar to form shoulders, and newspaper stuffed into his trousers.”

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People sunbathe beside a swimming pool in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1941. Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic Creative

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May 29, 1981: Miraculously, the best hot dogs in Manhattan could be found underneath the West Side Highway, where “tailgate vendors” peddled their wares, profiting from the closing of the elevated highway, which diverted traffic to where sellers of things could flag down motorists. “Entrepreneurs, working from cars along West Street, had varied items for sale, ranging from car booster cables,” The Times reported, “to cowboy hats,” which, presumably, could be enjoyed with a superlative frankfurte...

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For a May 5, 1994 article (part two in a series) titled “The Family Farm,” the efficiency of farm equipment, like this tractor driven by David Rothermel, was underscored. “Mr. Rothermel is typical of the small percentage of farmers who account for the majority of American crops. He has bigger, more productive equipment than most smaller farmers, many of whom supplement their income with other jobs or who farm as a sideline,” reported The Times. “But to make that equipment pay for itself, farmers...

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May 27, 2010 Myrna Loy

With claws bared, a kitten attacks its own mirrored reflection, 1964. Photograph by Walter Chandoha, National Geographic Creative

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June 22, 1963: The Rev. F. Sicheri of St. Agnes Church gave the last rites to an unidentified man — fatally shot by patrolman Thomas Corbett — who had held up a jewelry store on Lexington Avenue. The accompanying article reported that the man had $34,100 worth of stolen merchandise and a knife. Photo: Carl T. Gossett/The New York Times

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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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onlyoldphotography: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Sailor giving his girlfriend a tender, nuzzling kiss goodbye at Pennsylvania Station before returning to duty after brief furlough. New York, NY, 1944

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Jan. 16, 1976: At the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, children rode in zero-G, or something like it, with an American rocket on display behind them in this unpublished photo. Photo: Teresa Zabala/The New York Times

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Dec. 31, 1968: At the 14th Annual International Debutante Ball — at which Vera Wang, representing China, was present (and she’s visible here, fifth from the right) — disease felled “a baker’s dozen” of the young men and one of the young ladies. But that and the orchid shortage weren’t nearly as troublesome as the previous year, when a clever Communist-sympathizing waiter replaced the Russian imperial flag with that of the hammer and sickle. The Cuban and Russian debutantes both eschewed the poli...

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June 28, 1980: “After six choruses of his patented frantic version of ‘St. Louis Blues,’ Dizzy Gillespie, standing with his group on the porch of Gracie Mansion yesterday, threw his head back and held a high E flat. And held it. And held it.” So began a story by Tom Buckley in The Times, announcing the start of the Newport Jazz Festival with a small gathering at the mayor’s residence. “It’s a very jazzy place,” said Mayor Koch. “If we lost the Newport Jazz Festival, I’d have to resign as Mayor....

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Feb. 2, 1969: The Staten Island Ferry was “the only nickel nightclub in town,” according to an article that ran the following day, deeming the ferry “a combination of subway and ocean cruise; of playground and library; of respite from frenzy and preparation for pleasure.” The reporter, Murray Schumach, found inspiration in these lines from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay: “We were very tired, we were very merry/We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.” Photo:...

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January 8, 2015 retrogasm:Lipstick

April 12, 1965: Schoolchildren were diverted from the American Museum of Natural History, as the museum, “sorely beset by a sensational gem theft last fall and a murder in its lobby during the winter, had another unhappy experience yesterday,” reported The Times. A water main break flooded the basement, and the building was closed. “The sidewalks were also flooded, providing tempting puddles” for children arriving for their field trips, who were directed to the adjacent, unaffected Hayden Planet...

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Aug. 20, 1975: An enormous metal Whirl-a-Ride hurtled the young and the thrill-seeking through the late-summer air at the 130th Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., which had themed days, animals, arts and crafts, and more to offer. But as a fair manager explained in 1972, the county’s identity — bucolic eden or bustling suburb — and thus the fair’s were in flux. “We’re still trying to emphasize agriculture, but we’re really living in the midst of an urban area,” S. Richard Lloyd said. “To a...

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August 19, 2012

heytoyourmamanem: Civil rights demonstrators marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965 Peter Pettus, photographer Library of Congress

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Cars parked at a drive-in theater with a 53-foot wide screen in Alexandria, Virginia, December 1941.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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April 18, 1957: Emmett Kelly — as his alter ego, Weary Willie — planting seeds behind the home plate of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. His character saw many acts, his obituary reminded readers some 22 years later, not least the “mascot for that all-time team of clowns, the Brooklyn Dodgers.” But “I don’t feel funny when I’m this hobo character,” he confessed. “I’m a misfit, a reject. Life is passing me by. Maybe it’s Willie’s attempt at a little dignity in spite of everything that tickles folks. Inc...

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1959: Visitors to the Lincoln Memorial appearing as small as toy soldiers. That year, even Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union, bowed in the 16th president’s presence, and he seemed eager to offer his admiration. “He was a really great man. He waged war against slavery,” The Times quoted Mr. Khrushchev saying during a visit to Washington. “The streets were virtually empty as the motorcade drive [sic] past the Jefferson Memorial,” an article read. “The nearest thing to an incident came...

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A man stands dwarfed under the Ape-Ape leaves of Puohokamoa Gulch in Maui, Hawaii, 1924. Photograph by Gilbert H. Grosvenor, National Geographic Creative

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December 12, 2014 retrogirly: Alice White

Aug. 3, 1935: “First Aid for the lifeguard’s beauty and romance.” From the  Mid-Week Pictorial, the young buck Derwood Brough, at a beach in Rochester, sported a “soft leather nose guard which he devised after his girlfriend had announced she would not go out with him if his nose became cherry red.” The caption did not say whether she would also not go out with him if he wore the soft leather nose guard. Photo: The New York Times

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December 13, 2014 obscurala: July 1967

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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January 27, 2010 Thanks, Satweavers.

A Native American sends smoke signals in Montana, June 1909.Photograph by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon, National Geographic Creative

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July 2, 1981: A customer and a fabric seller talked textiles on West 57th Street, where one could find Fe-Ro Fabrics, pictured, and a handful of other stores selling cashmeres, silks, tweed, chiffon, velvet and other fancy materials, which were rounded up in a guide to New York City for the lucky “woman with both the talent and the time to make her own clothes.” Photo: Fred Conrad/The New York Times

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May 31, 1964: A fan — or mourner — carried seats he bought from the wreckers of the old Polo Grounds, where Willie Mays’s New York Giants played. The stadium’s fate was delivered by a wrecking ball painted like a baseball. “Since the demolition began earlier this month, hundreds of persons have made pilgrimages to the ball park,” reported The Times, and nothing wasn’t a treasure. “A man in Iowa wanted a brick and a man in Yonkers wanted ‘just an envelope of dirt.’ ” Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New Yo...

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A close view of a male lion photographed with a flashlight at night in Africa, May 1910.Photograph by A. Dugmore, National Geographic

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Sept. 29, 1957: Mournful fans of the New York Giants watched the team’s final game before it absconded to California. Besides pursuing players onto the field and into the dugout as soon as the game ended — the Giants, by the way, lost — the fans “ripped up the regular and warm-up home plates, the wooden base beneath the main plate, the pitcher’s rubber, two of the bases and the foam rubber sheathing protecting outfielders who crashed into the center field fences,” The Times reported. “Those who...

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