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Harley-Davidson assembly line. 1909

Harriet Tubman in 1911 at age 89

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The Kennedy family children, 1928

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Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, photographed sitting down in Looe, Cornwall, UK on 6th May 1932

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Last Person to be Publicly Executed in France 1939

Rather then react with solemn observance, the crowd behaved rowdily, using handkerchiefs to dab up Weidmann’s blood as souvenirs. Paris-Soir denounced the crowd as “disgusting”, “unruly”, “jostling, clamoring, whistling”.

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Salvation Army ‘Doughnut Girls’ distributing treats to GIs during WWI (this is the origin of Donut Day). c.1917

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The Italian motor torpedo boat MAS 15 in 1918. One hundred years ago, she sank the Austro-Hungarian battleship SMS Szent Istvan

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Japanese Special Forces, Ready to Attack During the Battle of Shanghai, 1937

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Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing on August 6th, 1945

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The first international animal superstar Jumbo the elephant and his keeper Matthew “Scotty” Scott 1882

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Getting cooled air piped into the car while enjoying a meal at a drive-in restaurant in Houston, Texas 1957

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Benjamin, the last known thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) in Hobart Zoo, Australia. Thylacines were able to open their jaws up to 80 degrees. 1933

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Luftwaffe bomber crew patched up, apparently shot down in the Leningrad region in 1941.

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Future President Gerald Ford with teammate Willis Ward at the University of Michigan in 1934. Ford threatened to quit the team when Ward was benched for a game against Georgia Tech, who at the time refused to play against black players

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40,000 bison hides stacked in Dodge City in 1878.

The bison were hunted nearly to extinction in the late 19th century. In the 16th century the number of bison reached up to over 30 million, the number would be less than 1000 by 1880-90.

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Dorothy Counts – The First Black Girl To Attend An All White School In The United States – Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957

Her parents forced her to withdraw after 4 days. She later moved to Philly and earned her diploma there. 50 years later the school renamed the library after her and gave her an honorary diploma. One of the kids in the photo eventually gave her a public apology.

She was only 15 at the time, and didn’t want to withdraw, but her parents forced her.

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Women trainees of the LAPD practice firing their newly issued revolvers, 1948

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Cowboys drinking at a saloon in Tascosa, Texas 1907

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Men unloading a banana boat in New York 1900s

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Drinking tea with an elephant, 1939

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This is how a house on wheels looked in 1926.

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A couple at a fair in Mexico, 1940

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A burlesque diva named Zorita is walking her pet-snake, 1930

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Women wearing extremely large pants, USA, 1933

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An elephant holds a circus performer in its mouth, USA, 1937

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Hoover Dam construction, USA, 1931-1936

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A circus hippopotamus, harnessed to a wagon, 1924

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An elderly woman gymnast, USA, 1977

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Moto-rickshaw with a female driver, 1920s

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A man riding a pig, England, 1903

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A kid in an oxygen apparatus, USA, 1930

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Night fishing in Hawaii, 1948

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A man reading a book sitting in a huge tree hollow, Australia, 1900

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2 stuntmen pretend to be playing tennis on a plane’s wings in 1923.

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Circus show, 1933

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A man at the beach fined for not wearing appropriate swimwear, Netherlands,1931

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A best legs competition in England, 1936

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Fakir on a bed of nails, India, 1907

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Races on motorcycle chariots, Australia, 1936

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These devices called Sound Finders helped to hear potential incoming enemy planes and detect outbreaks of enemy artillery, 1914

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This is how baby carriages were transported on the front of a bus in New Zealand in 1955.

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Picnic on the highway during the oil crisis, The Netherlands, 1973

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Diving, 1940

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