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New York Times "The Morgue" | old photos on Tumblr  ]

New York Times "The Morgue" | old photos on Tumblr ]

Coney Island, Steeplechase Pool lifeguard.  1942.

Steeplechase Pool at Coney Island, 1942 - Photos - Bathing beauties of New York City's past

WOMEN  PIPE SMOKING | Details about France, Old Pipe Smoking Woman, Costumes (1920s)

Details about France, Old Pipe Smoking Woman, Costumes (1920s)

WOMEN PIPE SMOKING | Details about France, Old Pipe Smoking Woman, Costumes (1920s)

Feb. 24, 1934: “Perfect New Diving Helmet!” After a year of experimentation, Eric D. Chapman of Cleveland, right, developed this 95-pound diving bell, which allowed its wearer to “descend in depths of 50 feet of water and move about without difficulty or discomfort.” He hoped to deploy the device at the summer Y.M.C.A. camp he directed, “so that hundreds of small boys will be able to view strange sights at the bottom of their small island lake.”

Feb. 24, 1934: “Perfect New Diving Helmet!” After a year of experimentation, Eric D. Chapman of Cleveland, right, developed this 95-pound diving bell, which allowed its wearer to “descend in depths of 50 feet of water and move about without difficulty or discomfort.” He hoped to deploy the device at the summer Y.M.C.A. camp he directed, “so that hundreds of small boys will be able to view strange sights at the bottom of their small island lake.”

Oct. 29, 1954: A visit by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to New York included being whisked to the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She charmed her American guides, chatting with them amiably and was “nearly mobbed” as she left the building.

Oct. 29, 1954: A visit by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to New York included being whisked to the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She charmed her American guides, chatting with them amiably and was “nearly mobbed” as she left the building.

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