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March 13, 1947: Coiled firehoses at the scene of a South Street blaze, published in 1951 in a Sunday magazine roundup of fire stories, “some fairly curious recent episodes in which fire was the villain,” for National Fire Prevention Week. Some of those curious episodes included a man who tried to kill mosquitos by tossing flour into the air and brushing a lit torch through the dust cloud (it “flattened his home”) or a man who, after a fight with his wife, wrote a fake suicide note to scare her after she walked out, then turned on the gas. “He waited a while, had another little drink or two, and tried to light a cigarette. A month or so later he was out of the hospital, but the house had to be rebuilt.” The piece did not report if there was a reconciliation. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times
March 13, 1947: Coiled firehoses at the scene of a South Street blaze, published in 1951 in a Sunday magazine roundup of fire stories, “some fairly curious recent episodes in which fire was the villain,” for National Fire Prevention Week. Some of those curious episodes included a man who tried to kill mosquitos by tossing flour into the air and brushing a lit torch through the dust cloud (it “flattened his home”) or a man who, after a fight with his wife, wrote a fake suicide note to scare her after she walked out, then turned on the gas. “He waited a while, had another little drink or two, and tried to light a cigarette. A month or so later he was out of the hospital, but the house had to be rebuilt.” The piece did not report if there was a reconciliation. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

March 13, 1947: Coiled firehoses at the scene of a South Street blaze, published in 1951 in a Sunday magazine roundup of fire stories, “some fairly curious recent episodes in which fire was the villain,” for National Fire Prevention Week. Some of those curious episodes included a man who tried to kill mosquitos by tossing flour into the air and brushing a lit torch through the dust cloud (it “flattened his home”) or a man who, after a fight with his wife, wrote a fake suicide note to scare her after she walked out, then turned on the gas. “He waited a while, had another little drink or two, and tried to light a cigarette. A month or so later he was out of the hospital, but the house had to be rebuilt.” The piece did not report if there was a reconciliation. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

April 24, 1948: The freighter Charles Tufts, which crashed on the shores of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, made an addition to the spectacles available to Coney Island sightseers. The Charles Tufts was a Liberty ship, one of the fleet of cargo vessels built during World War II, and the man it was named for donated the land in Medford, Mass., that would eventually become Tufts University. It took 12 hours and five tugboats to free the boat. Photo: The New York Times
April 24, 1948: The freighter Charles Tufts, which crashed on the shores of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, made an addition to the spectacles available to Coney Island sightseers. The Charles Tufts was a Liberty ship, one of the fleet of cargo vessels built during World War II, and the man it was named for donated the land in Medford, Mass., that would eventually become Tufts University. It took 12 hours and five tugboats to free the boat. Photo: The New York Times

April 24, 1948: The freighter Charles Tufts, which crashed on the shores of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, made an addition to the spectacles available to Coney Island sightseers. The Charles Tufts was a Liberty ship, one of the fleet of cargo vessels built during World War II, and the man it was named for donated the land in Medford, Mass., that would eventually become Tufts University. It took 12 hours and five tugboats to free the boat. Photo: The New York Times

July 21, 1943: An M-7 tank, on its way to be inspected by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia and then put on display. The tank was lauded for its success routing the Axis forces out of Sicily and North in “Operation Husky,” and, as The Times reported, was “known to the British forces as ‘the priest,’ because of the pulpit-like appearance of its anti-aircraft gun mount.” Photo: The New York Times
July 21, 1943: An M-7 tank, on its way to be inspected by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia and then put on display. The tank was lauded for its success routing the Axis forces out of Sicily and North in “Operation Husky,” and, as The Times reported, was “known to the British forces as ‘the priest,’ because of the pulpit-like appearance of its anti-aircraft gun mount.” Photo: The New York Times

July 21, 1943: An M-7 tank, on its way to be inspected by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia and then put on display. The tank was lauded for its success routing the Axis forces out of Sicily and North in “Operation Husky,” and, as The Times reported, was “known to the British forces as ‘the priest,’ because of the pulpit-like appearance of its anti-aircraft gun mount.” Photo: The New York Times

Aug. 7, 1940: The competition of the “Anything on Wheels” East Side doll carriage race, open to girls age 2 1/2 to 7 years old, “was somewhat slack,” reported The Times. “The humor of their undignified situation completely incapacitated many of the contestants. Others, refusing to appear undignified, maintained a prim promenade gait in spite of urgent rooting from 150 bystanders. The victor, who managed to reconcile decorum and speed, was Roberta Morton, 7, of 627 East 16th Street. Her reward was a large baby doll.” Photo: The New York Times
Aug. 7, 1940: The competition of the “Anything on Wheels” East Side doll carriage race, open to girls age 2 1/2 to 7 years old, “was somewhat slack,” reported The Times. “The humor of their undignified situation completely incapacitated many of the contestants. Others, refusing to appear undignified, maintained a prim promenade gait in spite of urgent rooting from 150 bystanders. The victor, who managed to reconcile decorum and speed, was Roberta Morton, 7, of 627 East 16th Street. Her reward was a large baby doll.” Photo: The New York Times

Aug. 7, 1940: The competition of the “Anything on Wheels” East Side doll carriage race, open to girls age 2 1/2 to 7 years old, “was somewhat slack,” reported The Times. “The humor of their undignified situation completely incapacitated many of the contestants. Others, refusing to appear undignified, maintained a prim promenade gait in spite of urgent rooting from 150 bystanders. The victor, who managed to reconcile decorum and speed, was Roberta Morton, 7, of 627 East 16th Street. Her reward was a large baby doll.” Photo: The New York Times

April 1, 1941: Less than a month after the Lend-Lease Act was signed into law, temporary shelters for workers and their families lined up by the Lincoln Memorial for inspection. All while conflict simmered in Europe — a British cruiser, the H.M.S. Voltaire, was sunk by German U-boats in the Atlantic on April 4, and soon after Hitler began bombing Bulgaria. Meanwhile, in Congress, Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia calls for “separate investigations … into the effect of defense strikes on production.” Photo: The New York Times
April 1, 1941: Less than a month after the Lend-Lease Act was signed into law, temporary shelters for workers and their families lined up by the Lincoln Memorial for inspection. All while conflict simmered in Europe — a British cruiser, the H.M.S. Voltaire, was sunk by German U-boats in the Atlantic on April 4, and soon after Hitler began bombing Bulgaria. Meanwhile, in Congress, Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia calls for “separate investigations … into the effect of defense strikes on production.” Photo: The New York Times

April 1, 1941: Less than a month after the Lend-Lease Act was signed into law, temporary shelters for workers and their families lined up by the Lincoln Memorial for inspection. All while conflict simmered in Europe — a British cruiser, the H.M.S. Voltaire, was sunk by German U-boats in the Atlantic on April 4, and soon after Hitler began bombing Bulgaria. Meanwhile, in Congress, Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia calls for “separate investigations … into the effect of defense strikes on production.” Photo: The New York Times

Sept. 2, 1949: “Graduates Have to Jump,” ordered a headline from an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Parachute Matériel School in Lakehurst, N.J. The graduates must have skills as well as derring-do: “As in the days of sailing ships, the men in the riggers’ school must become experts with needle and thread. Maintenance and repair of this life-saving equipment calls for frequent use of sewing machines.” Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times
Sept. 2, 1949: “Graduates Have to Jump,” ordered a headline from an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Parachute Matériel School in Lakehurst, N.J. The graduates must have skills as well as derring-do: “As in the days of sailing ships, the men in the riggers’ school must become experts with needle and thread. Maintenance and repair of this life-saving equipment calls for frequent use of sewing machines.” Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

Sept. 2, 1949: “Graduates Have to Jump,” ordered a headline from an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Parachute Matériel School in Lakehurst, N.J. The graduates must have skills as well as derring-do: “As in the days of sailing ships, the men in the riggers’ school must become experts with needle and thread. Maintenance and repair of this life-saving equipment calls for frequent use of sewing machines.” Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

July 4, 1949: Two sailors from Wichita, Kan., arrived via aircraft carrier to New York, to try the parachute drop, a ride inspired by a training device for paratroopers. The ride, at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, saw its popularity, as well as that of the park, in decline by the 1950s. Steeplechase Park stopped operating in 1964 and the parachute drop, too expensive to tear down, was declared a landmark in 1977. Photo: George Alexanderson/The New York Times
July 4, 1949: Two sailors from Wichita, Kan., arrived via aircraft carrier to New York, to try the parachute drop, a ride inspired by a training device for paratroopers. The ride, at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, saw its popularity, as well as that of the park, in decline by the 1950s. Steeplechase Park stopped operating in 1964 and the parachute drop, too expensive to tear down, was declared a landmark in 1977. Photo: George Alexanderson/The New York Times

July 4, 1949: Two sailors from Wichita, Kan., arrived via aircraft carrier to New York, to try the parachute drop, a ride inspired by a training device for paratroopers. The ride, at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, saw its popularity, as well as that of the park, in decline by the 1950s. Steeplechase Park stopped operating in 1964 and the parachute drop, too expensive to tear down, was declared a landmark in 1977. Photo: George Alexanderson/The New York Times