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Nov. 26, 1970: Some things never change. The Bullwinkle balloon floated gracefully above Times Square in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as several hundred thousand New Yorkers lined the route below.  Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

I want to make a “No. 1 Balloon Training Unit” and give them out at clown college graduation.


Oct. 5, 1938: “Monsters of the air,” the published caption read. The British Air Ministry gave The New York Times some of the first photographs of the Air Force balloon barrage at Cardington, England, the home of the No. 1 Balloon Training Unit. Several hundred balloons were delivered to the Royal Air Force to be used for air defense in and around London. See more vintage photos of dirigibles on The Times’s photography blog, Lens. Photo: The New York Times

There are only 16 planes here — or are nine of them INVISIBLE?


Aug. 1, 1947: In a “mighty demonstration,” the 40th anniversary of military aviation in the United States was celebrated with a 25-plane flyover in New York — shown here passing the Empire State Building — and a birthday luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel. “Meanwhile,”a general with the Army’s ground forces also paid tribute, an accompanying article said, “but reiterated his belief that any future war would reach final decision only through the soldier on the ground.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

My office is centrally located in the right armpit area.


Nov. 17, 1976: “Paul Chin paints billboards,” reads the article accompanying this photograph. “Every weekday morning, provided it is not raining, snowing or dangerously windy, the 5-feet 6-inch Mr. Chin, a native of Hong Kong, climbs to the roofs of buildings and into his narrow studio — a scaffold.” Mr. Chin, the art director for Artkraft Strauss, created this King Kong billboard towering over Midtown Manhattan. Photo: D. Gorton/The New York Times

The precise moment that little Tara realized that Jimmy Carter would indeed win the upcoming presidential election.


Aug. 2, 1976: Doreen Haviland, in front, rides the flume with Tara Nugent and Officer Dick Porteus in this photo, taken in Coney Island at the 40th annual Police Anchor Club outing for the widows and children of deceased police officers. See related archival photos of children on the Lens blog. Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Ol’ Sharkey was in love with little Tabitha Green, mullet and all. But it was never meant to be - he knew that now.

Pleading, she put her hand on the tank, and Sharkey resisted the temptation to reach up with a fin. It would be an empty gesture. Plexiglass was far from the only thing that separated them. Just keep swimming, he said to himself. Just keep swimming.


July 21, 1993. “Where Sharks Face Off With Gentler Souls,” read the headline on an article published that month about the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. “This is a bargain for those in search of the deeper perspective,” wrote the reporter, who traveled there with his son. Or maybe just a scare: “If you were to mix one drop of blood with a hundred million drops of salt water,” he noted, “a shark could detect that drop of blood as far as a quarter mile away.” Photo: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

It seems Tasha Yar was far from the earliest victim of the sludge monster.


May 12, 1940: “The new swimming pool quickly proves its popularity among the members,” said the published caption showing the Madison Square Boys Club on East 30th Street in Manhattan. The photo was published by itself in the “Mid-Week Pictorial.” But an article a week earlier introduced the new club, built with a $400,000 donation. “Business leaders, wealthy financiers and other well-placed men apparently have a very soft spot in their hearts for street urchins,” it said. Photo: William C. Eckenberg/The New York Times

It was a race to the ground and #8 was a half-stumble ahead of the pack.


May 6, 1965: This photo was originally published in a sequence of pictures. At the Aqueduct Spring Steeplechase, Mako (No. 8) and the jockey Pat Smithwick lost their footing on the final jump. Gramatam (No. 2) and the jockey Robert S. McDonald went on to win. Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

The first horseman of the apoc-eclipse!


Dec. 17, 1970: “Roundup time on a ranch in New Mexico,” began the caption on a business article about farming and the recession. “Short corn crop of 1970 — 4.1 billion bushels as compared with 4.6 billion in 1969 — has caused higher costs for livestock producers.” The article concluded with a word of caution: “The watchword for the great feed grain-livestock industry in 1971 is uncertainty. High risk is normal, but it will be ‘superhigh’ risk this year.” Photo: Gary Settle/The New York Times