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Unknown steel mill, ca. 1940.
A metal worker pours glowing hot molten steel from a giant furnace.
Original photo courtesy of Steve V. of Glenwood, Co
An automobile accident on the U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland
Original image LOC
16th United States President
Illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini steps into a crate that will be lowered into New York Harbor as part of an escape stunt, July 7, 1912.
Nationaal Archief/Spaarnestad Photo/Walter Blum
Original by Jack Delano
Original image via General Photographic Agency / Getty Images
Via General Photographic Agency / Getty Images
Posing for soldiers in Korea after a USO performance.
American author of Walden and Civil Disobedience
Red Hawk (Chetan-luta) of the Oglala Sioux on horseback in the Badlands of South Dakota.
Library of Congress original by Edward S. Curtis
Comedian and singer Ernest Hare expressing his thoughts on Prohibition, ca. 1920.
Jewish women and children arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in occupied Poland.
They were removed from the deportation trains onto the ramp where they faced a selection process - some were sent immediately to their deaths, while others were sent to slave labor.
This photo is from the Auschwitz Album, a collection of 193 photos that serve as the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. More information can be found here.
At Stanford University, a statue of Louis Agassiz falls 30 feet, piercing the concrete.
English actor, comedian, and filmmaker.
Original B&W image provided courtesy of Gene Wolande, with great thanks to Ed & Marilyn Merritt.
Luna Park Promenade
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Outside the White Star Line offices in London, newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of the disaster. (April 16, 1912)
Six years later at age 22, Parfett was killed during a German bombardment whilst serving in France, just days before the end of World War I.
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, 1946. Aquarium, New York.
Library of Congress original
Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, 1908.
"Dust is too much for this farmer's son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma". Dust bowl, 1936.
Selection of 1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept., via the Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust.
"Heavy work that formerly belonged to men only is being done by girls. The ice girls are delivering ice on a route and their work requires brawn as well as the patriotic ambition to help." September 16, 1918.
American poet, essayist, and journalist
Physicist and chemist, pioneer in radioactivity research.
16th United States President
Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the "Red Baron".
Waldwick, New Jersey
A prize winning police dog who "smokes cigarettes n' everything".
Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist.