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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

Jan. 4, 1933: The oceanliner L’Atlantique, en route to Cherbourg from Bordeaux for “annual overhauling,” caught fire near the Normandy coast, near its destination,  and “rumors of sabotage were current.” The fire had spread so swiftly, starting from somewhere in the first-class quarters, that its cause couldn’t be determined, and 17 of its 238 crew were presumed dead (and, later, five stowaways were found dead). A literal tug-o’-war ensued, as ships from France, Germany and the Netherlands vied to tow it back and receive compensation. A French and Dutch ship reached the beleaguered vessel first, and “the tugs started pulling in opposite directions, getting nowhere and endangering the L’Atlantique even further.” Order was restored by a nearby warship. Photo: The New York Times
Jan. 4, 1933: The oceanliner L’Atlantique, en route to Cherbourg from Bordeaux for “annual overhauling,” caught fire near the Normandy coast, near its destination,  and “rumors of sabotage were current.” The fire had spread so swiftly, starting from somewhere in the first-class quarters, that its cause couldn’t be determined, and 17 of its 238 crew were presumed dead (and, later, five stowaways were found dead). A literal tug-o’-war ensued, as ships from France, Germany and the Netherlands vied to tow it back and receive compensation. A French and Dutch ship reached the beleaguered vessel first, and “the tugs started pulling in opposite directions, getting nowhere and endangering the L’Atlantique even further.” Order was restored by a nearby warship. Photo: The New York Times

Jan. 4, 1933: The oceanliner L’Atlantique, en route to Cherbourg from Bordeaux for “annual overhauling,” caught fire near the Normandy coast, near its destination,  and “rumors of sabotage were current.” The fire had spread so swiftly, starting from somewhere in the first-class quarters, that its cause couldn’t be determined, and 17 of its 238 crew were presumed dead (and, later, five stowaways were found dead). A literal tug-o’-war ensued, as ships from France, Germany and the Netherlands vied to tow it back and receive compensation. A French and Dutch ship reached the beleaguered vessel first, and “the tugs started pulling in opposite directions, getting nowhere and endangering the L’Atlantique even further.” Order was restored by a nearby warship. Photo: The New York Times

May 14, 1935: The American yacht Yankee, towed into Gosport, in southern England, to compete in the America’s Cup (which is an international award named for a schooner named America, which raced around the Isle of Wight and earned the inaugural trophy in 1851). After months of fervent speculation and drama, the Yankee had a mixed record,  often bested by the Endeavour and the Astra, before being scrapped in 1941. Photo: The New York Times
May 14, 1935: The American yacht Yankee, towed into Gosport, in southern England, to compete in the America’s Cup (which is an international award named for a schooner named America, which raced around the Isle of Wight and earned the inaugural trophy in 1851). After months of fervent speculation and drama, the Yankee had a mixed record,  often bested by the Endeavour and the Astra, before being scrapped in 1941. Photo: The New York Times

May 14, 1935: The American yacht Yankee, towed into Gosport, in southern England, to compete in the America’s Cup (which is an international award named for a schooner named America, which raced around the Isle of Wight and earned the inaugural trophy in 1851). After months of fervent speculation and drama, the Yankee had a mixed record,  often bested by the Endeavour and the Astra, before being scrapped in 1941. Photo: The New York Times

June 3, 1933: A drydock inspection of one of the S.S. Manhattan’s propellers in Brooklyn, claimed by the caption to drive the ship two feet forward with every revolution, which could bring it to speeds of 21 knots “with only five boilers in use.” An article published Aug. 13, 1932, reported that the Manhattan carried three stowaways — “Arnold Ronner, 19, of Hartford, and Steve Bohnensteuger, 22, of Manheim, Germany …, and Charles Lake, 21, of Clinton, Iowa, farmer boy, in the first class hold” — and that there was a “thé-dansant on the veranda deck” that afternoon. Photo: The New York Times
June 3, 1933: A drydock inspection of one of the S.S. Manhattan’s propellers in Brooklyn, claimed by the caption to drive the ship two feet forward with every revolution, which could bring it to speeds of 21 knots “with only five boilers in use.” An article published Aug. 13, 1932, reported that the Manhattan carried three stowaways — “Arnold Ronner, 19, of Hartford, and Steve Bohnensteuger, 22, of Manheim, Germany …, and Charles Lake, 21, of Clinton, Iowa, farmer boy, in the first class hold” — and that there was a “thé-dansant on the veranda deck” that afternoon. Photo: The New York Times

June 3, 1933: A drydock inspection of one of the S.S. Manhattan’s propellers in Brooklyn, claimed by the caption to drive the ship two feet forward with every revolution, which could bring it to speeds of 21 knots “with only five boilers in use.” An article published Aug. 13, 1932, reported that the Manhattan carried three stowaways — “Arnold Ronner, 19, of Hartford, and Steve Bohnensteuger, 22, of Manheim, Germany …, and Charles Lake, 21, of Clinton, Iowa, farmer boy, in the first class hold” — and that there was a “thé-dansant on the veranda deck” that afternoon. Photo: The New York Times

March 10, 1933: Finally, a “fool-proof hover plane,” which, the back of the photo explained, would revolutionize “air transport, since it can take off vertically from the ground and descend in like manner.” Its inventors added that it could “hover or fly backwards at will.” Whose will, it didn’t say, raising the specter of a very frightening giant mechanical dragonfly indeed. Photo: The New York Times
March 10, 1933: Finally, a “fool-proof hover plane,” which, the back of the photo explained, would revolutionize “air transport, since it can take off vertically from the ground and descend in like manner.” Its inventors added that it could “hover or fly backwards at will.” Whose will, it didn’t say, raising the specter of a very frightening giant mechanical dragonfly indeed. Photo: The New York Times

March 10, 1933: Finally, a “fool-proof hover plane,” which, the back of the photo explained, would revolutionize “air transport, since it can take off vertically from the ground and descend in like manner.” Its inventors added that it could “hover or fly backwards at will.” Whose will, it didn’t say, raising the specter of a very frightening giant mechanical dragonfly indeed. Photo: The New York Times

April 2, 1933: According to some paste-on scholarship on the back of this photo, the French engineer Joseph Archer devoted 11 years to perfecting his propellered  “airline cab,” which was intended to scoot along at 150 miles per hour, suspended from an overhead monorail. Repeated fruitless Google and Times archive searches suggest that Mr. Archer’s invention was not a pedestal-smashing success, nor was his work on a trench mortar as legacy-making as it seemed at the time of this photo’s issue. A side view of the cab can be found here. Photo: The New York Times
April 2, 1933: According to some paste-on scholarship on the back of this photo, the French engineer Joseph Archer devoted 11 years to perfecting his propellered  “airline cab,” which was intended to scoot along at 150 miles per hour, suspended from an overhead monorail. Repeated fruitless Google and Times archive searches suggest that Mr. Archer’s invention was not a pedestal-smashing success, nor was his work on a trench mortar as legacy-making as it seemed at the time of this photo’s issue. A side view of the cab can be found here. Photo: The New York Times

April 2, 1933: According to some paste-on scholarship on the back of this photo, the French engineer Joseph Archer devoted 11 years to perfecting his propellered  “airline cab,” which was intended to scoot along at 150 miles per hour, suspended from an overhead monorail. Repeated fruitless Google and Times archive searches suggest that Mr. Archer’s invention was not a pedestal-smashing success, nor was his work on a trench mortar as legacy-making as it seemed at the time of this photo’s issue. A side view of the cab can be found here. Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 11, 1933: “Taking Advantage of a Winter Sport in New York,” children in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, sledded down the Long Meadow’s slopes right into a column in the day’s paper that reported a $43 million increase in the state budget, to cover costs like a liquor control board (thanks to the recent Prohibition repeal) or the rising population of prison inmates. Photo: The New York Times
Dec. 11, 1933: “Taking Advantage of a Winter Sport in New York,” children in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, sledded down the Long Meadow’s slopes right into a column in the day’s paper that reported a $43 million increase in the state budget, to cover costs like a liquor control board (thanks to the recent Prohibition repeal) or the rising population of prison inmates. Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 11, 1933: “Taking Advantage of a Winter Sport in New York,” children in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, sledded down the Long Meadow’s slopes right into a column in the day’s paper that reported a $43 million increase in the state budget, to cover costs like a liquor control board (thanks to the recent Prohibition repeal) or the rising population of prison inmates. Photo: The New York Times