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

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1930s Way before there even was such a thing as “cosplay”, and it was “just some people dressing up in costumes because it’s fun”, these gents in 1930s Serbia made a paddling of Donald Duck costumes from whatever was lying around. It’s decent handiwork for the time, but it’s a little horrifying these days. (via iheartchaos)

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March 15, 1932: A Los Angeles alligator farm owner evidently took his gator, Billy, to testify in lawsuit involving the University of Florida and its mascot and the misuse of the mascot, and did him proud: “This Silent Witness Was Eloquent.” Photo: The New York Times

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Oct. 3, 1953: That year’s World Series, which pitted the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Yankees at Ebbets Field, was a seven-game saga. The published caption: “‘Standing room only … was meaningless to these nonpaying Brooklyn fans. They took the Dodger victory lying down, and they loved it.” The Yankees, however, won the series. Photo: Arthur Brower/The New York Times

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Portrait of a daughter of Danaus acting in “The Suppliant Maidens” on Mount Parnassus in Greece, December 1930.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic Creative

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July 30, 1931: A field of crops ravaged by grasshoppers in the Great Plains. According to an Associated Press article published a few days earlier, one South Dakota farmer, “hearing that turkeys would eat the grasshoppers, sent his flock into the fields.“ In something of a David-and-Goliath tale, the turkeys came back without feathers. Photo: The New York Times

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July 8, 1965: “The discomforts of an overnight race in a small yacht are many and the tangible rewards few,” reported William N. Wallace of The Times for a feature story describing a week of yachting events in and near New York’s waters. “But most of yachting’s hundreds, who are quicker to recognize the Stratford Shoal lighthouse than their own homesteads, have minds that do not recall the soggy sack, the finger pinched in the winch, the tide that took them backward, tedium blending with fatigue...

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May 14, 2009 Ziegfeld’s girl

Two women in Southeast Asia discuss the day’s news, May 1921.Photograph by M. Branger and Sons

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Aug. 23, 1925: A page headed “Standalone Photos” (which included pictures of the Tafts, Sioux Indians, and a “painter of washable art”), also offered this: “A Gas Attack in the Broadway Front Line Trenches: Sham Hold-Up in a Jeweler’s Store to Test a New Tear Gas Perfected by Captain Adrian St. John, Which Blinds a Person Temporarily After Its Release by a Touch of the Foot on a Device Under the Counter.” Photo: The New York Times

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December 2, 2009

Idle merchant seamen looked at a line of Jeeps waiting to be loaded onto ships at Caven Point Terminal in Jersey City. Five hundred union members walked out in a wildcat strike, “believed to have resulted from the ban last Monday night on employment of some unionists on near-by docks on the charge that they were hoodlums,” The Times reported on March 5, 1952. Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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May 12, 2009 Marilyn, of course!

A woman perches above red algae in a stagnant pool inside Anemone Cave on Mount Desert Island, Maine, September 1952.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

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formfollowsfunctionjournal: Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge moments after it opened seen from atop one of the arches. [1937]

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April 22, 1939: “We are amused,” King George and Queen Elizabeth, with the Princess Elizabeth, intently watch the show from the royal box at a special actors’ fund matinee at the Coliseum in London. Under a text that read “Headliners,” this photo sat next to one of Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House Easter Monday party. Photo: The New York Times

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A classroom inside a railway car in Ontario, Canada, August 1932.Photograph by Canadian National Railways

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Nov. 24, 1928: Cynthia Pratt, donning the vestments of Queen Blanche of Castile for “one of the most picturesque entertainments of the Autumn,” a “Lives of the Saints” production for a charity held at the Plaza Hotel, in which the Queen Blanche — who was just one of several “tableaux vivants” — was portrayed “teaching her young son, St. Louis, to read,” The New York Times reported. It continued: “After the pageant, tea was served by a committee of débutantes.” Photo: E. F. Foley

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Oct. 2, 1932: The former mayor, Jimmy Walker, strutted his shuffleboard stuff aboard the Conte Grande, on its way to Italy. Photo: “The New York Times”

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Claude Monet, at the end of his life, seated with some paintings, which, as the photo’s caption reports, sold in 1880 for 1,000 francs. They were worth 100 times that at the time of the photo, most likely taken in the mid-1920s, as Monet’s career was winding down and his eyesight was failing. His paintings fetch tens of millions of dollars today. Photo: Thérèse Bonney/The New York Times

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Personifying evil, a costumed mapico dancer in Mozambique hides from spectators, 1964.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative

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March 14, 1926: At Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont, a horse named Airplane performed a takeoff — thereby demonstrating the relevance of the cavalry to the U.S. Army, which was increasingly relying instead on “the gas-driven juggernauts of the new century.” “The poor, much-maligned creature of modern times,” reported The Times, “steps forward nonchalantly to carry on where intricate contraptions created by man fail.”" Photo: The New York Times

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Women dance to send off a friend on an airplane trip in Mopti, Mali, 1966.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic Creative

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Locals walk the streets of Madison Square near the Flatiron Building in New York City, 1918. This photo and others from the National Geographic archives are being auctioned by Christie’s in an exclusive, online-only sale from July 19-29, see here for detailsPhotograph by W.W. Rock, National Geographic

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

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Nov. 25, 1986: The “hapless” trainer Johnny Martin and his dog, Lady, whose performances were assessed in a Times review that highlighted the “minimal but never minimalist, wry but seldom ironic” small circuses on view one weekend. “But performing, for Lady, is yawning, falling asleep, subsiding into the floor like a flattened flounder fillet and crawling languidly up onto a pedestal only to fall asleep once more,” The Times reported. “I love this kind of dog, but they are usually not good for t...

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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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March 9, 1935: Workers prepared for a trip to the stratosphere, “shaping the gondola to be used,” which would weigh 800 pounds and have room for equipment and personnel. “Elaborate arrangements have been made for detecting and measuring cosmic rays during the coming flight,” reported The Times. Photo: The New York Times

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A swimmer from a houseboat joins women diving in Weeki Wachee’s pristine spring waters in Florida, 1955.Photograph by Bates Littlehales, National Geographic

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