1. Two Native Americans, wearing feather headdresses, pictured looking at photographic film. They stand next to a stream with photographic equipment at their feet and tipis in the background.

    Photo by Joseph Kossuth Dixon during the Rodman Wanamaker Expedition, 1913.

    (Source: loc.gov)

  2. This photo shows the Copeland steam-propelled tricycle in front of the Carriage Porch at the north entrance Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) on the Mall. The driver of the tricycle is its inventor, Lucius D. Copeland; the passenger is Frances Benjamin Johnston, who later became a noted Washington photographer. Standing to the left are patent attorney B. C. Poole and an associate, and the builder and promoter of the tricycle, Sandford Northrop. To the right are W. H. Travis and J. Elfreth Watkins, curator of the transportation section in the Smithsonian’s U.S. National Museum, 1885-1903. Photograph taken ca. 1888.

    (Source: siarchives.si.edu)

  3. A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan in this October 30, 1958 picture.

    Photo: Mitsunori Chigita/AP

  4. Divers at Seattle’s Green Lake Beach c. 1936. The debate over “acceptable” swimwear at the city’s beaches sparked controversy during the 1930s. "a strip of bare anatomy between trunks and tops…isn’t quite decent."

    (Source: Flickr / seattlemunicipalarchives)

  5. Aerial view of the Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, c. 1920.

    Photo: Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above

    (Source: telegraph.co.uk)

  6. On January 20, 1885, LaMarcus Adna Thompson patented the roller coaster. Thompson’s "Roller Coasting Structure" is recorded as Patent No. 310,966. 

    Thompson’s first roller coaster, a Wooden Switchback Gravity Railroad, debuted on June 16, 1884 at Coney Island.

    For five cents, riders would climb a tower to board the large bench-like car and were pushed off to coast 600 ft (183 m) down the track to another tower. The car went just over 6 mph. At the top of the other tower the vehicle was switched to a return track or “switched back” (hence the name). - Wikipedia

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  7. Women attend an archery class at the University of Texas, March 1928. 

    Photo: Clifton R. Adams via natgeofound.

  8. With a greeting to all Moose, Dorothy Heath, of Long Beach will be a contender in a beauty contest at the annual frolic of the Loyal Order of the Moose, at Venice on April 15. Southern California lodges will be hosts. Photo taken on March 27, 1939. 

    (Source: lapl.org)

  9. (William B., Sr.) Heroy sketching Wasatch Range topography. Smoky and Minnie resting. Photograph taken in the Frewen quadrangle in Sweetwater County, Wyoming ca. 1907.

    (Source: usgs.gov)

  10. The Day the Clowns Cried

    Famed circus clown Emmett Kelly carries water during the fatal July 6, 1944, Hartford Circus Fire. Photo by Craig Hotchkiss.

    The Hartford circus fire, which occurred on July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States. The fire occurred during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that was attended by approximately 7,000 people. An estimated 167-169 people died and more than 700 were injured. via Wikipedia

  11. "The Shortest Day of the Year in the Far North".

    Photograph taken on December 22, 1935 by J.C.P. Skottowe.

    (Source: moma.org)

  12. The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919, in Boston’s North End. The disaster occurred on an unusually warm day at the Purity Distilling Company when a large storage tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst. The collapse unleashed an immense wave of molasses fifteen feet high, moving at 35 miles an hour. Nearby buildings were swept off their foundations and several North End blocks were flooded to a depth of two to three feet. Nearly 150 people were injured and 21 people and several horses were killed in the disaster. 

    It took over 87,000 man hours to remove the molasses from the streets, theaters, businesses, automobiles, and homes. Boston Harbor was still brown with molasses until summer. Local residents brought a class-action lawsuit, one of the first held in Massachusetts, against the United States Industrial Alcohol Company (USIA), which had bought Purity Distilling in 1917. USIA ultimately paid out $600,000 in out-of-court settlements. The event has entered local folklore, and some residents claim that on hot summer days, the scent of molasses still hangs in the air.

    (Source: Flickr / boston_public_library)

  13. A cross section of the south tower fender walls and foundation. The illustration was done by Chesley Bonestell, a designer who worked on architectural details of the Chrysler Building in New York and other prominent buildings, and who later became one of the most famous illustrators of space exploration.

    Construction on the bridge began on January 5, 1933.

  14. What a packed beach parking lot looked like before cars came around … Long Beach, CA c. 1905.

    The horses are out of harness, most standing, some laying down next to their wagons and buggies as their drivers and passengers stroll on the beach or watch the surf roll in. 

    (Source: lapl.org)

  15. Robert Rauschenberg, artist’s studio, Lafayette Street, NY, 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

    (Source: hyperallergic.com)