Children cool off from summer heat outside a Connecticut firehouse, April 1935.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

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The bronze lion at the Nelson Monument in Trafalgar Square, September 1915.Photograph by Emil P. Albrecht, National Geographic

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wiscohisto: Pushing a car stuck in the snow, Wisconsin Rapids, ca. 1950. Photo by Don Krohn for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.  Here’s hoping you haven’t had to deal with a situation like this recently. What’s your best (worst) “stuck in the snow” story?

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1964: Flamenco at Club 169 on Allen Street, which, as described by The Times, was a “onetime speakeasy on the lower East Side,” and which was on a mission to combat “juvenile delinquency,” limiting its membership to those from ages 16 to 21. “The hardest drink in the house,” read a caption to another photo, “is a 15-cent root beer.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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March 11, 1972: Madison Square Garden brimmed with exclamations of “David, David!” from young girls, “accompanied by long-suffering grown-ups who had been pestered into shelling out $5.50 to $7.50 for tickets” to a performance by David Cassidy, a star of “The Partridge Family.” “I don’t care if he’s old. He’s beautiful. Give him to me!” a second-grader yelled within earshot of a Times reporter. Other youngsters, just a little older, assumed blasé airs: “Just about everybody in my class says he’s...

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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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onlyoldphotography: Sebastiao Salgado: Inside the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

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Oct. 29, 1954: A visit by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to New York included being whisked to the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She charmed her American guides, chatting with them amiably and was “nearly mobbed” as she left the building. “How the crowds knew she was in the building was something of a mystery,” The Times reported. “Her decision to make a visit was not made until noon.” People thronged for a glimpse of royalty, even if it meant playing hooky and wai...

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Aug. 5, 1953: These negatives show the singer and performer Ethel Waters at a rehearsal for a theater performance that September. “At Home With Ethel Waters” was shown at the 48th Street Theater and featured show tunes spanning her career as a blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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Feb. 22, 1931: A Swiss soldier of the Fifth Mountain Regiment on skis, in winter training at Villars in the Alps. According to Wikipedia, a number of nations continue to train in skiing and winter warfare, including Switzerland’s Third Mountain Army Corps. Photo: The New York Times

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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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A colorful hallway in Casa Blanca, the Puerto Rican Governor’s Palace, December 1924.Photograph by Charles Martin, National Geographic

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A dog plays on a seesaw with children in Scotland, March 1919.Photograph by William Reid, National Geographic

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December 13, 2014 obscurala: July 1967

Oct. 24, 1973: A deadly fog, viewed from above, that engulfed New York City and killed “at least nine” in a pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike, injuring many more. “The accidents were attributed by the state police to a sudden loss of visibility caused by a low-lying, massive blanket of fog,” The Times reported. “It was the heaviest fog I’ve ever seen in my life, a visibility of two to three inches,” a survivor told The Times. “I was hit twice before I got out of the truck. I was afraid to get o...

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Nov. 6, 1972: President Nixon on television on the eve of the  presidential election. Unable to photograph Nixon in person, the enterprising Times photographer shot TV screens instead. Photo: Tyrone Dukes/The New York Times

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May 28, 1958: In The Times magazine, an ode to the simple pleasures of the carousel, “which has held its own in the nuclear age against such competing amusement-park attractions as Silver Streaks, Hurricanes, Atomic Bombers and Moon Rockets.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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Oct. 10, 1960: Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente could only watch as Yankee Roger Maris’s home run sailed into oblivion, though Pirates won the game and, a couple of days later, the World Series. Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

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May 15, 1977: An article in The Times Magazine presented President Jimmy Carter, early in his single term, as a “Maestro of the Media,” explaining his success on the screen. “These are the glory days,” reported Richard Reeves, “and the man can seem to do no electronic wrong.” To the left of the president’s ear, Barry Jagoda gave some last-minute advice. Photo: Theresa Zabala/The New York Times

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Feb. 22, 1953: At the Worlds Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden, the Pegaso ($30,000, not adjusted for inflation), a 280-horsepower Spanish creation with a top speed of 125 miles per hour, was spurned by Johnny Rounds, 6, of Wilton, Conn., in favor of the Italian Lucciola. Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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maudelynn: Christmas Window Shopping c.1932  via via Mary Evans Picture Library / Everett Collection

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An ancient Roman bridge spans the Wadi al Murr in Mosul, Iraq, 1920.Photograph by M. V. Oppenheim, National Geographic

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September 12, 2014 Saul Leiter: Taxi, 1957

June 27, 1968: Armed guards stood by to prevent anyone from snipping off samples of Qiana, a newly released fabric seen worn by six models, that took more than 20 years and $75 million to develop. The makers of the new fabric, which was previously referred to as Fiber Y, maintained complete secrecy about its chemical composition, as competitors tried to figure out the fiber’s silk-like texture. Photo: William Sauro/The New York Times

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Oct. 17, 1968: “To score in the game — known as buzkashi — all a rider has to do is snatch the carcass from the ground, gallop with it a quarter of a mile down the field, then gallop back and throw it in a chalked circle near the point where he started,” reported The Times. The carcass in question is that of a beheaded calf, and the “gentle pastime” was on this occasion watched by the King of Afghanistan; it was his birthday. “At the end of four matches the winning players surged forward to kiss...

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Wolf Suschitzky: Street Cleaner, Westminster, London,1937 In those days street cleaners in Westminster had rather splendid hats. We had “fog” very often, because open coal fires were being used for heating homes. This fog was, at times, advantageous to photographers like me.

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wehadfacesthen: Mary Astor and John Barrymore, Beau Brummel (Harry Beaumont, 1924). This makes me laugh - with delight via theloudestvoice

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May 18, 1978: A multitasking firefighter at a blaze in Yonkers. Had this image been arranged by the ad wizards of Madison Avenue, the accompanying slogan or ad copy would pretty much write itself. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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Feb. 12, 1980: In observance with the Year of the Monkey, Chinese lunar year 4678, The Times offered a brief guide of goings-on: “Restaurants will be decorating with images of the monkey and in at least one, Flower Drum,” for example, “the observance will be noted with a program of traditional dances performed by the Chinese Chee Yue Community Association,” demonstrated here. 2016, coincidentally, is also the Year of the Monkey. Photo: Chester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times

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Aug. 4, 1959: Toots Shor at a hole in the wall of his West 51st Street restaurant, Toots Shor’s, which was demolished to make way for the Zeckendorf Hotel. (The wrecking ball was painted to resemble a baseball, a tip to the sportsmen who frequented the restaurant.) Mr. Shor was a one-time speakeasy bouncer “whose style and enterprise carried him into the circles of mink-clad society and cigar-chomping politicians,” according to a 1971 article about the closing of another of his resta...

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Dec. 1, 1923: The French actress Mistinguett, née Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois, photographed at home in Paris with her hundreds of fine shoes and blurry pet monkey. She had a certain flair for things ostentatious and dramatic, having reportedly had her famous legs insured in 1919 for 500,000 francs, and, according to The New York Times, challenging strangers who jostled her. “Mlle. Mistinguett, France’s most popular music hall artist, may fight a duel one day soon,” a special cable to The Times r...

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June 15, 1935: Old locomotives are placed side by side with newer “speed merchants,” which dazzled at least one reporter who was covering test runs, including a ride that at times topped 100 miles per hour on a route that crossed the Delaware River. “Times have changed since George Washington toiled to approach and cross this same wintry river near this very spot,” L.H. Robbins wrote. “On the run home the engineer let her out to 103 miles an hour. The passengers, consulting their sensations, wou...

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November 30, 2014

Arizona cowboys play sports to pass the time in Phoenix, 1955. Photograph courtesy Black Star, National Geographic Creative

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September 10, 2014 Saul Leiter: Harlem, 1960

Sept. 13, 1976: Feathers ruffled, chests puffed out, Muhammad Ali, left, and Ken Norton, right, talked tough for the benefit of the media on the steps of City Hall (photo Page 47 of this paper). Fortunately, Mayor Beame was on hand to keep the peace. The peace ended, according to schedule, on Sept. 28 when Ali beat Norton and retained the world heavyweight championship, though not without controversy. “I thought I won it,” Norton said later. “Ali knew I won it. The people knew I won it.”" P...

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Nov. 12, 1932: “Windows on the Under Water World,” a special suit fitted with glass intended to help the diver “size up his problems.” What problems? Perhaps its inventor had been terrified by a brief published that year in The Times: “Bermuda Diver Is Drowned After Saving Piece of Beef.” The three-paragraph report noted that “a helmeted diver” found the body of Siefort Workman, 26, on the bottom, after Mr. Workman had “fastened a line to the lost beef, but failed to return.” Photo: The New York...

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Nov. 11, 1951: Photos showed progress in the construction of a Robert Moses project, the General Assembly Building of the United Nations, a couple of years behind schedule. Photo: The New York Times

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