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A stamp on the back of this picture from Japan reads April 25, 1945, on which date The Times had blaring headlines about the state of the war in Europe (it was winding down), and a smaller article at the bottom of the front page about an impasse at Okinawa, in the Pacific, that “American infantrymen” had brought to an end. “The fighting was heavy along the entire front as the doughboys moved cautiously from one fortification to another and there were as yet no indications of large gains,” The Times reported. Photo: The New York Times
A stamp on the back of this picture from Japan reads April 25, 1945, on which date The Times had blaring headlines about the state of the war in Europe (it was winding down), and a smaller article at the bottom of the front page about an impasse at Okinawa, in the Pacific, that “American infantrymen” had brought to an end. “The fighting was heavy along the entire front as the doughboys moved cautiously from one fortification to another and there were as yet no indications of large gains,” The Times reported. Photo: The New York Times

A stamp on the back of this picture from Japan reads April 25, 1945, on which date The Times had blaring headlines about the state of the war in Europe (it was winding down), and a smaller article at the bottom of the front page about an impasse at Okinawa, in the Pacific, that “American infantrymen” had brought to an end. “The fighting was heavy along the entire front as the doughboys moved cautiously from one fortification to another and there were as yet no indications of large gains,” The Times reported. Photo: The New York Times

Not Potsdam, not Yalta: Tehran. At the end of November 1943, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, from left, welcomed his American and British counterparts, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Russian Embassy in Tehran. At the meeting, several key decisions were made, not the least of which was Roosevelt’s promise to Stalin to open a second front against the Nazis in France. There was also a dinner at which Churchill offered Stalin the “Sword of Stalingrad,” which, after kissing it, some reports said, Stalin handed to a Russian officer who promptly dropped it on his own foot. Photo: Wide World Photos
Not Potsdam, not Yalta: Tehran. At the end of November 1943, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, from left, welcomed his American and British counterparts, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Russian Embassy in Tehran. At the meeting, several key decisions were made, not the least of which was Roosevelt’s promise to Stalin to open a second front against the Nazis in France. There was also a dinner at which Churchill offered Stalin the “Sword of Stalingrad,” which, after kissing it, some reports said, Stalin handed to a Russian officer who promptly dropped it on his own foot. Photo: Wide World Photos

Not Potsdam, not Yalta: Tehran. At the end of November 1943, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, from left, welcomed his American and British counterparts, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Russian Embassy in Tehran. At the meeting, several key decisions were made, not the least of which was Roosevelt’s promise to Stalin to open a second front against the Nazis in France. There was also a dinner at which Churchill offered Stalin the “Sword of Stalingrad,” which, after kissing it, some reports said, Stalin handed to a Russian officer who promptly dropped it on his own foot. Photo: Wide World Photos

March 31, 1940: The circus came to New York, heralding, according to The Times, spring’s arrival. But before coming to New York, the circus had been incubating in Sarasota, Fla., where performers fine-tuned their acts, like Lucia Christiani’s two-horse backward somersault through a hoop. Photo: The New York Times
March 31, 1940: The circus came to New York, heralding, according to The Times, spring’s arrival. But before coming to New York, the circus had been incubating in Sarasota, Fla., where performers fine-tuned their acts, like Lucia Christiani’s two-horse backward somersault through a hoop. Photo: The New York Times

March 31, 1940: The circus came to New York, heralding, according to The Times, spring’s arrival. But before coming to New York, the circus had been incubating in Sarasota, Fla., where performers fine-tuned their acts, like Lucia Christiani’s two-horse backward somersault through a hoop. Photo: The New York Times

Sept. 7, 1947: Ballerinas following the steps of Jerome Robbins, who choreographed “High Button Shoes,” a musical comedy that, according to The Times, the pit musicians called “The Ballet of the Bleeding Lips.” “If anything approaching the pandemonium of this ballet occurred on a city street the riot squads would be summoned forthwith,” it was reported. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times
Sept. 7, 1947: Ballerinas following the steps of Jerome Robbins, who choreographed “High Button Shoes,” a musical comedy that, according to The Times, the pit musicians called “The Ballet of the Bleeding Lips.” “If anything approaching the pandemonium of this ballet occurred on a city street the riot squads would be summoned forthwith,” it was reported. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

Sept. 7, 1947: Ballerinas following the steps of Jerome Robbins, who choreographed “High Button Shoes,” a musical comedy that, according to The Times, the pit musicians called “The Ballet of the Bleeding Lips.” “If anything approaching the pandemonium of this ballet occurred on a city street the riot squads would be summoned forthwith,” it was reported. 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

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