Today’s Cool Old Pic of the Day!

January 4, 2020

Motorcycle Chariot race video in New South Wales, Australia, 1936.

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January 3, 2020

Technician doing maintenance work on a #1 crossbar switch, 1938.

Technician doing maintenance work on a #1 crossbar switch, East 30th St., New York, New York, 1938. Each large link frame contains 20 crossbar switching units. These units contain electromechanical relays and involve no large mechanical movements, as in the panel switch. Indeed, the only mechanical movements are the opening and closing of the relays. (Courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center.)

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January 2, 2020

Grand Forks, North Dakota, October 1940.

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January 1, 2020


Hotel floats in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Colorado Street, ca.1926.

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Photograph of hotel floats in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Colorado Street, ca.1926. Spectators to flock on either side of the street, sitting in bleachers to the right and pressing in onto the road at the left to see the young woman sitting in the center of a shell-shaped float in the lead of the scene. Farther back, a second float shaped to look like a gilded cage reads “Pasadena”. Banners hang over the street from cables suspended between posts. In the background, highrise buildings and the top edge of a church can be seen.

Source: University of Southern California libraries and California Historical Society

December 31, 2019

New York’s fire department in Times Square on December 31, 1941. AP Images

Times Square, December 31, 1941. NYPL

New Year’s celebrations in Times Square began in 1904. The first celebration had about 200,000 attendees. Below is People near Trinity Church on New Year’s Eve in 1906 in New York City. NYPL

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December 30, 2019

A mass of prospectors are seen here at the peak of the the Klondike Gold Rush rush, 1898.

On August 16, 1896, the local miners in the Klondike region of the Yukon discovered gold and in so doing sparked the Klondike Gold Rush when some 100,000 prospectors migrated in search of the precious metal. The rush lasted for three years, from 1896 to 1899, there were some who got rich, but most of the people went in vain.

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December 29, 2019

Promo ad for WNBC-AM featuring Soupy Sales, Don Imus, Howard Stern and Wolfman Jack, 1985.

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December 28, 2019

Jackson St, Omaha, 1962.

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December 27, 2019

Motorcycle racer Roland Free lies horizontally on his bike (to reduce wind resistance) as he breaks the world speed record on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats on September 13, 1948. 

American motorcycle racer Roland Free (1900 – 1984) lies horizontally on his bike (to reduce wind resistance) as he brakes world’s speed record in Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, September 13, 1948. (Photo by Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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December 26, 2019

Glad Christmas is over, now to get through the urine clearance sales.
Whoops, meant year end clearance sales, 1968.

December 25, 2019

Leave It to Beaver: “The Haircut” is the only episode related to a holiday (Christmas) in the entire series, there never was a Christmas themed episode. In one scene, June sews Beaver’s angel costume and, in the finale, Beaver sings a Christmas carol in a choir of angels at a school concert. This is a promotional shot that never aired, 1957.

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December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve travel rush in Washington DC’s Greyhound Bus Terminal taken by Office of War Information photographer John Collier less than three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941.

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December 23, 2019

The MV Kalakala ferry operates in Rich Passage in Puget Sound, circa 1940. The Kalakala operated in Puget Sound from 1935 to 1967, then was retired and sold to a fish-processing company in Alaska. After decades of use as a cannery structure, the Kalakala was purchased by an individual in the 1990s and towed back to Seattle, with the intent to be restored as a museum or a working vessel. Years of missed deadlines and financial difficulties followed, and the deteriorating ferry changed hands multiple times, eventually being scrapped in 2015.

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December 22, 2019

Bob Dylan With Mick Jagger And Keith Richards At Jagger’s 29th Birthday Party, July, 1972.

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December 21, 2019

Rental shacks on Santa Monica Beach – 1880.

December 20, 2019

Albert H. Luke (center), an instructor at the Sheil School, advises a student as she operates the controls of a preflight trainer called the “penguin” in Chicago, Illinois, on July 25, 1945. The penguin gives flight students the basic “feel” of flying without leaving the ground. 

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December 19, 2019

Bargain hunters out in force on a Sunday as several downtown Toronto stores begin their traditional Boxing Day sales a day early. A police official said it is illegal for stores to be open on a Sunday, but nothing would be done, 1971.

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December 18, 2019

Mobile mechanic service, Breckenridge, TX, 1926.

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Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955–1958)

The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica that Ernest Shackleton had attempted 40 years earlier. British explorer Vivian Fuchs led the expedition while Edmund Hillary of New Zealand headed the support party.

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19-year-old pilot Lt Edwin Wright, already with over 80 missions flown, examining flak damage to his P-47 Thunderbolt on a raid to Münster, Austria, Oct 1944.

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Wright belonged to the Ninth Air Force, which, following the ground invasion of France in June 1944, moved its bases from Britain to mainland Europe in order to provide closer support to the advancing troops. This picture was taken near St Trond, Belgium.

It was not the first time Wright’s aircraft had been hit on a mission. By the time this photograph was taken, the 19-year-old had completed 39 missions and survived being hit by flak six times.

Wright was considered a very fortunate man by his squadron, who nicknamed him Lucky for his ability to evade death. The hole here measured eight inches in diameter in an 11-inch propeller. If the damage had been an inch and a half over on either side, the blade would have severed and Wright would have been brought down.

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