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April 22, 1938: The original Seabiscuit, with his trainer Tom Smith, second from right, and his owner, Charles S. Howard, right, on his way to race War Admiral, a horse who, though a year younger than Seabiscuit, was both Seabiscuit’s uncle and chief rival. (Man o’ War was Seabiscuit’s grandfather and War Admiral’s father.) The match was eventually held in November, the only time they actually raced each other, and Seabiscuit, “the phlegmatic ugly duckling with the lame leg from the Pacific Coast” beat War Admiral with a record-breaking run. Photo: The New York Times
April 22, 1938: The original Seabiscuit, with his trainer Tom Smith, second from right, and his owner, Charles S. Howard, right, on his way to race War Admiral, a horse who, though a year younger than Seabiscuit, was both Seabiscuit’s uncle and chief rival. (Man o’ War was Seabiscuit’s grandfather and War Admiral’s father.) The match was eventually held in November, the only time they actually raced each other, and Seabiscuit, “the phlegmatic ugly duckling with the lame leg from the Pacific Coast” beat War Admiral with a record-breaking run. Photo: The New York Times

April 22, 1938: The original Seabiscuit, with his trainer Tom Smith, second from right, and his owner, Charles S. Howard, right, on his way to race War Admiral, a horse who, though a year younger than Seabiscuit, was both Seabiscuit’s uncle and chief rival. (Man o’ War was Seabiscuit’s grandfather and War Admiral’s father.) The match was eventually held in November, the only time they actually raced each other, and Seabiscuit, “the phlegmatic ugly duckling with the lame leg from the Pacific Coast” beat War Admiral with a record-breaking run. Photo: The New York Times

April 7, 1934: At the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, the Becher’s Brook fence is a formidable obstacle to any horse-jockey duo seeking glory at the Grand National (scenes from that competition are here, on Page 17). So formidable, in fact, that the fence terrifies the animals, who act erratically before the race, including the heavy-betting favorite of 2012, Synchronised, who died in that year’s Grand National. That death and later ones reignited debate and concern that the race’s dangers might “lead Parliament to ban it as it did, in time, with bearbaiting, dog-coursing and fox hunting.” Photo: The New York Times
April 7, 1934: At the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, the Becher’s Brook fence is a formidable obstacle to any horse-jockey duo seeking glory at the Grand National (scenes from that competition are here, on Page 17). So formidable, in fact, that the fence terrifies the animals, who act erratically before the race, including the heavy-betting favorite of 2012, Synchronised, who died in that year’s Grand National. That death and later ones reignited debate and concern that the race’s dangers might “lead Parliament to ban it as it did, in time, with bearbaiting, dog-coursing and fox hunting.” Photo: The New York Times

April 7, 1934: At the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, the Becher’s Brook fence is a formidable obstacle to any horse-jockey duo seeking glory at the Grand National (scenes from that competition are here, on Page 17). So formidable, in fact, that the fence terrifies the animals, who act erratically before the race, including the heavy-betting favorite of 2012, Synchronised, who died in that year’s Grand National. That death and later ones reignited debate and concern that the race’s dangers might “lead Parliament to ban it as it did, in time, with bearbaiting, dog-coursing and fox hunting.” Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 6, 1930: Wild horses, some “ready for the saddle,” 1,500 strong, were brought to Dublin Canyon, Calif., to be sold. A note on the picture’s back observes that “Will James could write several books on the different personalities of this group.” Mr. James was a popular author and illustrator of cowboy tales, including one about his own origins: that he was born “on a wagon in Montana or Wyoming,” orphaned, then raised by a French-Canadian trapper. (In fact, his given name was Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault and he was born in Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, in Quebec.) Photo: The New York Times
Dec. 6, 1930: Wild horses, some “ready for the saddle,” 1,500 strong, were brought to Dublin Canyon, Calif., to be sold. A note on the picture’s back observes that “Will James could write several books on the different personalities of this group.” Mr. James was a popular author and illustrator of cowboy tales, including one about his own origins: that he was born “on a wagon in Montana or Wyoming,” orphaned, then raised by a French-Canadian trapper. (In fact, his given name was Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault and he was born in Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, in Quebec.) Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 6, 1930: Wild horses, some “ready for the saddle,” 1,500 strong, were brought to Dublin Canyon, Calif., to be sold. A note on the picture’s back observes that “Will James could write several books on the different personalities of this group.” Mr. James was a popular author and illustrator of cowboy tales, including one about his own origins: that he was born “on a wagon in Montana or Wyoming,” orphaned, then raised by a French-Canadian trapper. (In fact, his given name was Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault and he was born in Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, in Quebec.) Photo: The New York Times

Aug. 9, 1930: In Castellane, southern France, about a hundred miles from the Italian border, a herd of sheep sought ground suitable for grazing. Earlier that year, Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy made his own references to sheep in the area, The Times reported. “Down with France!” was the crowd’s chant during a speech in which the premier explained that he was rousing his people from stupefaction, “the bleatings of foreign wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Photo: The New York Times
Aug. 9, 1930: In Castellane, southern France, about a hundred miles from the Italian border, a herd of sheep sought ground suitable for grazing. Earlier that year, Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy made his own references to sheep in the area, The Times reported. “Down with France!” was the crowd’s chant during a speech in which the premier explained that he was rousing his people from stupefaction, “the bleatings of foreign wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Photo: The New York Times

Aug. 9, 1930: In Castellane, southern France, about a hundred miles from the Italian border, a herd of sheep sought ground suitable for grazing. Earlier that year, Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy made his own references to sheep in the area, The Times reported. “Down with France!” was the crowd’s chant during a speech in which the premier explained that he was rousing his people from stupefaction, “the bleatings of foreign wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Photo: The New York Times

In October 1933, 6,000 Boy Scouts descended on Long Island in what was the largest of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Theodore Roosevelt. Held every year since the president’s death in 1919, the event was to commemorate his birthday. This time, the “veteran National Scout Commander” Daniel Carter Beard, at the age of 86, led the mile-and-a-half walk to the site in Oyster Bay. Photo: The New York Times
In October 1933, 6,000 Boy Scouts descended on Long Island in what was the largest of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Theodore Roosevelt. Held every year since the president’s death in 1919, the event was to commemorate his birthday. This time, the “veteran National Scout Commander” Daniel Carter Beard, at the age of 86, led the mile-and-a-half walk to the site in Oyster Bay. Photo: The New York Times

In October 1933, 6,000 Boy Scouts descended on Long Island in what was the largest of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Theodore Roosevelt. Held every year since the president’s death in 1919, the event was to commemorate his birthday. This time, the “veteran National Scout Commander” Daniel Carter Beard, at the age of 86, led the mile-and-a-half walk to the site in Oyster Bay. Photo: The New York Times

Feb. 14, 1931: “She rivals the best of the masculine speedboat racers,” the picture’s caption reads. Loretta Turnbull of Monrovia, Calif., won “fifty trophies, forty-five of which were won in competition with men.” A few years later, when she received kidnapping threats at her home, her father, Rupert, boasted of the family’s prowess with guns. “Mr. Turnbull said he was turning his ranch into an armed camp,” The Times reported. “Loretta and her three brothers,” Mr. Turnbull was quoted as saying, “were all taught the use of firearms and how to shoot straight and rapidly. We feel that we are able to take care of ourselves.” Photo: The New York Times
Feb. 14, 1931: “She rivals the best of the masculine speedboat racers,” the picture’s caption reads. Loretta Turnbull of Monrovia, Calif., won “fifty trophies, forty-five of which were won in competition with men.” A few years later, when she received kidnapping threats at her home, her father, Rupert, boasted of the family’s prowess with guns. “Mr. Turnbull said he was turning his ranch into an armed camp,” The Times reported. “Loretta and her three brothers,” Mr. Turnbull was quoted as saying, “were all taught the use of firearms and how to shoot straight and rapidly. We feel that we are able to take care of ourselves.” Photo: The New York Times

Feb. 14, 1931: “She rivals the best of the masculine speedboat racers,” the picture’s caption reads. Loretta Turnbull of Monrovia, Calif., won “fifty trophies, forty-five of which were won in competition with men.” A few years later, when she received kidnapping threats at her home, her father, Rupert, boasted of the family’s prowess with guns. “Mr. Turnbull said he was turning his ranch into an armed camp,” The Times reported. “Loretta and her three brothers,” Mr. Turnbull was quoted as saying, “were all taught the use of firearms and how to shoot straight and rapidly. We feel that we are able to take care of ourselves.” Photo: The New York Times

June 28, 1931: According to its handwritten caption by Frank Hurley of Hobart, Tasmania, the crew of the Discovery, a British-Australian-New Zealand vessel on its way to Antarctica, enjoyed a midnight sunset in the rigging. From aboard the ship, earlier in the expedition, Sir Douglas Mawson wrote proudly for The Times, “Very notable additions were made to geographical knowledge.” Photo: Wide World Photos
June 28, 1931: According to its handwritten caption by Frank Hurley of Hobart, Tasmania, the crew of the Discovery, a British-Australian-New Zealand vessel on its way to Antarctica, enjoyed a midnight sunset in the rigging. From aboard the ship, earlier in the expedition, Sir Douglas Mawson wrote proudly for The Times, “Very notable additions were made to geographical knowledge.” Photo: Wide World Photos

June 28, 1931: According to its handwritten caption by Frank Hurley of Hobart, Tasmania, the crew of the Discovery, a British-Australian-New Zealand vessel on its way to Antarctica, enjoyed a midnight sunset in the rigging. From aboard the ship, earlier in the expedition, Sir Douglas Mawson wrote proudly for The Times, “Very notable additions were made to geographical knowledge.” Photo: Wide World Photos

Douglas MacLean, with a record catch of barracuda. Mr. MacLean was a star of silent films like “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” or “Soft Cushions,” the latter of which co-starred a cricket that was “captured in California and trained to tricks.” It was also reported that the “cricket donned a make-up for the part,” and was “expected to race a brother cricket in a novel game invented by MacLean. In order to distinguish the two crickets one wears a dab of grease paint.” Though this picture is undated, one is tempted to guess it was taken before his second divorce, in 1948, from Barbara Barondes, a former Broadway actress. That news appeared alongside an unrelated notice headed “Bees Get Dander Up,” which described a scene like something from a slapstick farce: “Angry bees on the farm of G.P. Steyn, of Orange River, South Africa, drove his pigs into a duck pond, chased his cows through the krall gate and killed many chickens.” Photo: The New York Times
Douglas MacLean, with a record catch of barracuda. Mr. MacLean was a star of silent films like “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” or “Soft Cushions,” the latter of which co-starred a cricket that was “captured in California and trained to tricks.” It was also reported that the “cricket donned a make-up for the part,” and was “expected to race a brother cricket in a novel game invented by MacLean. In order to distinguish the two crickets one wears a dab of grease paint.” Though this picture is undated, one is tempted to guess it was taken before his second divorce, in 1948, from Barbara Barondes, a former Broadway actress. That news appeared alongside an unrelated notice headed “Bees Get Dander Up,” which described a scene like something from a slapstick farce: “Angry bees on the farm of G.P. Steyn, of Orange River, South Africa, drove his pigs into a duck pond, chased his cows through the krall gate and killed many chickens.” Photo: The New York Times

Douglas MacLean, with a record catch of barracuda. Mr. MacLean was a star of silent films like “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” or “Soft Cushions,” the latter of which co-starred a cricket that was “captured in California and trained to tricks.” It was also reported that the “cricket donned a make-up for the part,” and was “expected to race a brother cricket in a novel game invented by MacLean. In order to distinguish the two crickets one wears a dab of grease paint.” Though this picture is undated, one is tempted to guess it was taken before his second divorce, in 1948, from Barbara Barondes, a former Broadway actress. That news appeared alongside an unrelated notice headed “Bees Get Dander Up,” which described a scene like something from a slapstick farce: “Angry bees on the farm of G.P. Steyn, of Orange River, South Africa, drove his pigs into a duck pond, chased his cows through the krall gate and killed many chickens.” Photo: The New York Times