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The streets of Old Cairo at the turn of the 20th century

These photos of “The City of a Thousand Minarets” from the turn of the century to the 1930s capture it at a time of rapid sprawl and population growth, as its residents chafe against a British occupation which lasted from 1882 to 1956.Located on the fertile floodplains of the Nile delta, the area of present-day Cairo (derived from al-Qahira, meaning “The Victorious”) has been inhabited since ancient times.

These compassionate portraits of newsies helped reform child labor

In the early 20th century, Lewis Hine photographed thousands of child laborers in the name of progressive social reform, including factory workers and miners.Hine's photographs, mostly shot under the auspices of the National Child Labor Committee, were constructed as arguments for labor reform.

The hidden life story of the iconic 'Migrant Mother'

In 1903, Florence Leona Christie was born in Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, the daughter of Cherokees displaced from their native tribal land.She married her first husband at 17, and started a family while working in the farms and mills of northern California.

This massive, luxurious 'flying boat' could barely get off the ground

Designed by Dr.Claudius Dornier, the Dornier Do-X was the largest and heaviest flying boat in the world upon its completion in 1929, with a wingspan of 157 feet and a maximum takeoff weight of more than 61 tons.

1962: Iconic film star Burt Lancaster takes a pie to the face

1962: Iconic film star Burt Lancaster takes a pie to the face In 1962, Burt Lancaster was at the height of his film career, having won a Best Actor Oscar two years prior for his performance in Elmer Gantry.The muscular, blue-eyed star of From Here to Eternity was taking on diverse and challenging roles, from a Nazi war criminal in Judgment at Nuremberg to an Italian prince in The Leopard.

The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers

The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers The thylacine, more popularly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was an apex predator in Australia and Tasmania before its extinction in the early 20th century.Despite its superficial resemblance to a large dog, the thylacine was actually a marsupial, with no relation to canines — its doglike features emerged as it evolved to fill an ecological niche similar to wolves.

Dueling with wax bullets was a fun and safe way to defend one's honor

Dueling with wax bullets was a fun and safe way to defend one's honor In the first decade of the 20th century, the age-old custom of pistol dueling was briefly resurrected as a non-lethal sport, even making it into the 1908 Olympics as a side event.To accurately simulate the conditions of a duel, opponents would use real dueling pistols and gunpowder.