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Feb. 18, 1928: Ray Keech of Atlantic City posed alongside his 36-cylinder triplex, with which he hoped to break the world’s land speed record. He succeeded on April 22, beating the record with a speed of 207.55 miles per hour at Daytona Beach, Fla. His record held till March 1929, when it was exceeded by Maj. H.O.D. Seagrave in his car, the Golden Arrow. Not long after, Mr. Keech was killed in a four-car accident during a race in Altoona, Pa., though he was posthumously declared the winner of the race and awarded $4,500. Photo: The New York Times
Feb. 18, 1928: Ray Keech of Atlantic City posed alongside his 36-cylinder triplex, with which he hoped to break the world’s land speed record. He succeeded on April 22, beating the record with a speed of 207.55 miles per hour at Daytona Beach, Fla. His record held till March 1929, when it was exceeded by Maj. H.O.D. Seagrave in his car, the Golden Arrow. Not long after, Mr. Keech was killed in a four-car accident during a race in Altoona, Pa., though he was posthumously declared the winner of the race and awarded $4,500. Photo: The New York Times

Feb. 18, 1928: Ray Keech of Atlantic City posed alongside his 36-cylinder triplex, with which he hoped to break the world’s land speed record. He succeeded on April 22, beating the record with a speed of 207.55 miles per hour at Daytona Beach, Fla. His record held till March 1929, when it was exceeded by Maj. H.O.D. Seagrave in his car, the Golden Arrow. Not long after, Mr. Keech was killed in a four-car accident during a race in Altoona, Pa., though he was posthumously declared the winner of the race and awarded $4,500. Photo: The New York Times

May 3, 1925: A standalone photo, in a spread that included pictures of the Noonans of Lawrence, Mass. (with their 13 children), ready for church, or a two-ton rhinoceros shot by the Duke of York, of some Keystone Cop-esque policemen in Central Park, riding two to a horse in a one-ring rodeo. Photo: The New York Times
May 3, 1925: A standalone photo, in a spread that included pictures of the Noonans of Lawrence, Mass. (with their 13 children), ready for church, or a two-ton rhinoceros shot by the Duke of York, of some Keystone Cop-esque policemen in Central Park, riding two to a horse in a one-ring rodeo. Photo: The New York Times

May 3, 1925: A standalone photo, in a spread that included pictures of the Noonans of Lawrence, Mass. (with their 13 children), ready for church, or a two-ton rhinoceros shot by the Duke of York, of some Keystone Cop-esque policemen in Central Park, riding two to a horse in a one-ring rodeo. Photo: The New York Times

Feb. 24, 1924: “Skims over the drifts like a bird”: A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., is the sort of thing that would have saved Atlanta and other parts of the South from their crippling January weather-induced traffic jams — the sort of thing that we may all start looking to acquire soon, as this winter seems as if it will never end. Other examples of propeller-driven sleds can be found here and here. Photo: The New York Times
Feb. 24, 1924: “Skims over the drifts like a bird”: A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., is the sort of thing that would have saved Atlanta and other parts of the South from their crippling January weather-induced traffic jams — the sort of thing that we may all start looking to acquire soon, as this winter seems as if it will never end. Other examples of propeller-driven sleds can be found here and here. Photo: The New York Times

Feb. 24, 1924: “Skims over the drifts like a bird”: A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., is the sort of thing that would have saved Atlanta and other parts of the South from their crippling January weather-induced traffic jams — the sort of thing that we may all start looking to acquire soon, as this winter seems as if it will never end. Other examples of propeller-driven sleds can be found here and here. Photo: The New York Times

June 27, 1926: F. S. Townsley, chief ranger, officially handed a permit to Guz Petzel, allowing him to drive his “four-cylinder, home-made product” through Yosemite National Park — the smallest automobile to enter it. But it was a harbinger of bigger things: “Nature lovers, old-timers” and their allies had been working to keep a road out of the Yosemite Valley. As The Times reported a few weeks later, a new road built by convicts was opened, “so broad and level that it brings the valley within seven or eight hours of easy driving from the Golden Gate.” Officials expected a ten-fold increase of visitors to the park. Photo: The New York Times
June 27, 1926: F. S. Townsley, chief ranger, officially handed a permit to Guz Petzel, allowing him to drive his “four-cylinder, home-made product” through Yosemite National Park — the smallest automobile to enter it. But it was a harbinger of bigger things: “Nature lovers, old-timers” and their allies had been working to keep a road out of the Yosemite Valley. As The Times reported a few weeks later, a new road built by convicts was opened, “so broad and level that it brings the valley within seven or eight hours of easy driving from the Golden Gate.” Officials expected a ten-fold increase of visitors to the park. Photo: The New York Times

June 27, 1926: F. S. Townsley, chief ranger, officially handed a permit to Guz Petzel, allowing him to drive his “four-cylinder, home-made product” through Yosemite National Park — the smallest automobile to enter it. But it was a harbinger of bigger things: “Nature lovers, old-timers” and their allies had been working to keep a road out of the Yosemite Valley. As The Times reported a few weeks later, a new road built by convicts was opened, “so broad and level that it brings the valley within seven or eight hours of easy driving from the Golden Gate.” Officials expected a ten-fold increase of visitors to the park. Photo: The New York Times

Nov. 26, 1925: A friendly “bruin,” the Old English term for brown bears (though it appears as though this one might actually be a black bear), “knows that the good things to eat” are along the tourist routes in the Rockies of British Columbia. Coincidentally, Nov. 26, 1925, was that year’s Thanksgiving, on which the Chicago Bears played against the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The football game ended in a 0-0 tie. Photo: The New York Times
Nov. 26, 1925: A friendly “bruin,” the Old English term for brown bears (though it appears as though this one might actually be a black bear), “knows that the good things to eat” are along the tourist routes in the Rockies of British Columbia. Coincidentally, Nov. 26, 1925, was that year’s Thanksgiving, on which the Chicago Bears played against the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The football game ended in a 0-0 tie. Photo: The New York Times

Nov. 26, 1925: A friendly “bruin,” the Old English term for brown bears (though it appears as though this one might actually be a black bear), “knows that the good things to eat” are along the tourist routes in the Rockies of British Columbia. Coincidentally, Nov. 26, 1925, was that year’s Thanksgiving, on which the Chicago Bears played against the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The football game ended in a 0-0 tie. Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 20, 1924: From the Mid-Week Pictorial, “A Bare Possibility of Coming Trouble,” a young bear appeared ready to disarm young Ernest in Buck Hill Falls, Pa. The handwritten admonition, in pencil on the back of the photo, serves as a warning to this “youthful nimrod” and others “who steal their father’s guns and hunting toys to go out after big game. Sometimes the game is closer at hand than they suspect.” Photo: The New York Times
Dec. 20, 1924: From the Mid-Week Pictorial, “A Bare Possibility of Coming Trouble,” a young bear appeared ready to disarm young Ernest in Buck Hill Falls, Pa. The handwritten admonition, in pencil on the back of the photo, serves as a warning to this “youthful nimrod” and others “who steal their father’s guns and hunting toys to go out after big game. Sometimes the game is closer at hand than they suspect.” Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 20, 1924: From the Mid-Week Pictorial, “A Bare Possibility of Coming Trouble,” a young bear appeared ready to disarm young Ernest in Buck Hill Falls, Pa. The handwritten admonition, in pencil on the back of the photo, serves as a warning to this “youthful nimrod” and others “who steal their father’s guns and hunting toys to go out after big game. Sometimes the game is closer at hand than they suspect.” Photo: The New York Times

In an undated photo, probably circa 1921, the 19-year-old wing-walker Lillian Boyer performed “the most daring aerial feats said to have been undertaken by one of her sex in the history of aerial thrills” — a history she must have had more than a modest hand in making, performing hundreds of stunts and jumps until federal law prohibited such low-flying planes in 1929. She died of natural, non-plane-related causes 60 years later. Photo: The New York Times
In an undated photo, probably circa 1921, the 19-year-old wing-walker Lillian Boyer performed “the most daring aerial feats said to have been undertaken by one of her sex in the history of aerial thrills” — a history she must have had more than a modest hand in making, performing hundreds of stunts and jumps until federal law prohibited such low-flying planes in 1929. She died of natural, non-plane-related causes 60 years later. Photo: The New York Times

In an undated photo, probably circa 1921, the 19-year-old wing-walker Lillian Boyer performed “the most daring aerial feats said to have been undertaken by one of her sex in the history of aerial thrills” — a history she must have had more than a modest hand in making, performing hundreds of stunts and jumps until federal law prohibited such low-flying planes in 1929. She died of natural, non-plane-related causes 60 years later. Photo: The New York Times