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Newly uncovered photos capture the tense atmosphere outside a 1960 Tennessee sit-in

Newly uncovered photos capture the tense atmosphere outside a 1960 Tennessee sit-in In February 1960, black activists kicked off a wave of protests against segregation across the South, beginning with sit-ins at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina.The sit-ins spread to Nashville and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were organized not by experienced or professional activists, but by the teenage students of Howard High School.

A hidden box of early 1900s photos reveals two Norwegian photographers' gender-bending experiments

A hidden box of early 1900s photos reveals two Norwegian photographers' gender-bending experiments From 1895 to 1903, photographers Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg operated a commercial studio in the Norwegian town of Horten.) More than three decades after Høeg’s death in 1949, a box of the partners' glass plate negatives marked “private” was discovered on a farm where they once lived.

Spectacular color photos capture WWII tank crews in training

Spectacular color photos capture WWII tank crews in training As the mechanized German Army swept through Europe in the early years of World War II, American military brass recognized the need to develop a strong armored force.In 1940, the former 7th Cavalry Brigade was reorganized and activated as the 1st Armored Division.

These strange 1917 photos were supposed to teach businessmen how to get in shape for success

These strange 1917 photos were supposed to teach businessmen how to get in shape for success B Phelan to accompany H.Irving Hancock’s Physical Training for Business Men, a handbook of simple exercises designed to improve a man’s poise and appearance and give him a subtle advantage in the competitive marketplace.

That time a German submarine was plopped in the middle of Central Park

That time a German submarine was plopped in the middle of Central Park Before the United States’ late entry into World War I, the federal government devised a plan to finance the massive war effort.One third of the funding would come from the imposition of progressive new taxes, while two thirds would come from selling “Liberty Bonds” to the American people.

The party and the passion: 15 years of the LGBTQ community's fearless celebrations

The party and the passion: 15 years of the LGBTQ community's fearless celebrations Forty years later, Sydney's LGBTQIA community is still marching, only now it’s drawing crowds of 300,000.Through the "gay hate" of the ‘80s, through the AIDS epidemic, through advertisers' thirst for the "pink dollar" and through the country's refusal to allow marriage equality, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has thrived.

Inflatable dummy tanks were a critical tactic in battlefield deception

Inflatable dummy tanks were a critical tactic in battlefield deception From their first use on the Western Front in 1916,  heavily armed and armored tanks could sway the outcome of a battle with their presence.As such, armies quickly developed techniques to confuse enemies about the location and number of their tanks.

Beautifully unguarded portraits capture the spectators at a 1943 parade

Beautifully unguarded portraits capture the spectators at a 1943 parade In July 1943, a few months before embarking on a four-week trip documenting bus travel in America, newly-minted Office of War Information photographer Esther Bubley was assigned to cover a parade in Washington, D.C.

A collection of rare photos features men of the late 1800s in surprisingly intimate embraces

A collection of rare photos features men of the late 1800s in surprisingly intimate embraces In 2008, Columbia University librarian Herbert Mitchell passed away, bequeathing a trove of curios to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Mitchell was an obsessive collector of historical ephemera, from quotidian trade catalogs of wallpapers and plumbing supplies to tintype occupational portraits and other rarities.

Dazzling color postcards of the cities and countryside of the 1890s Netherlands

Dazzling color postcards of the cities and countryside of the 1890s Netherlands These postcards of the windmills, canals and cities of the late 1890s Netherlands were created using the Photochrom process, a technique for applying lifelike color to black-and-white images.The emulsion hardens in proportion to the tones of the negative.

The innovative photos that proved no two snowflakes are alike

The innovative photos that proved no two snowflakes are alike Raised on a farm in Jericho, Vermont, Wilson Alwyn Bentley became fascinated with the crystalline patterns of snowflakes at a young age.After much tinkering, Bentley devised a way to connect his microscope to the bellows of a large-format view camera, and finally captured a photograph of a complete snowflake on January 15, 1885.

An 1895 photo album offers a gentleman's guide to self-defense moves

An 1895 photo album offers a gentleman's guide to self-defense moves These images come from an untitled turn-of-the-century album which catalogued numerous maneuvers a person can use if suddenly engaged in hand-to-hand combat.Following the revolutionary advancements in motion photography made by Étienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge in the 1880s, many similar handbooks of bodies in motion were produced, with purposes ranging from artistic and scientific reference to achieving business success through exercise.

1960s instructional photos teach fast-food workers how (and how not) to dress for success

1960s instructional photos teach fast-food workers how (and how not) to dress for success These images from the Chattanooga History Center were produced as training materials for new hires at Krystal restaurants, a fast-food franchise founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1932.With a menu centering around the bite-sized Krystal burger, the restaurant aimed to provide fast and courteous service to customers in a hurry.

1915: Relaxing in a sleepy fishing neighborhood on the outskirts of Queens

1915: Relaxing in a sleepy fishing neighborhood on the outskirts of Queens With the consolidation of New York City in 1898, Broad Channel Island in Jamaica Bay officially became part of the borough of Queens.The low, marshy island was populated only by a small community of fishermen, clamdiggers and oyster pickers until 1915, when the city leased it to the Broad Channel Corporation.

The indigenous people of Papua New Guinea saved hundreds of wounded soldiers in WWII

The indigenous people of Papua New Guinea saved hundreds of wounded soldiers in WWII Deadlier than enemy fire, though, was the environment itself — far more Japanese died of starvation and disease than in combat.Numerous operations were hampered by the difficulties of maintaining supply lines through miles of thick jungle, steep slopes and swift rivers.

Before email, there was V-mail: The WWII program that scanned letters onto microfilm

Before email, there was V-mail: The WWII program that scanned letters onto microfilm The solution, based on the British Airgraph Service, was called Victory Mail — V-Mail for short.A V-mail letter would be written on a piece of standardized stationery, then photographed and transferred onto a roll of microfilm.

The badass bomber jackets of WWII airmen

The badass bomber jackets of WWII airmen The Type A-2 leather flight jacket — commonly called the “bomber jacket” — was standardized in 1931 as the jacket issued to U.Army Air Forces officers upon completion of basic flight training.

In 1939, evicted sharecroppers held a roadside protest that captivated the nation

In 1939, evicted sharecroppers held a roadside protest that captivated the nation In January 1939, motorists on highways in the “Bootheel” of southeastern Missouri began reporting a strange sight: thousands of sharecropper families were camped out on the roadside, their meager possessions piled around them, exposed to the wintry cold.The families, almost all African-American, had been evicted by the owners of the farms where they had lived.

Gorgeous hand-colored photos capture Japan on the brink of modernity

Gorgeous hand-colored photos capture Japan on the brink of modernity In the 1850s and ‘60s, Japan gradually loosened the restrictions on foreign trade and visitors which had isolated it for centuries.Western travelers and technologies began to flow in through a handful of ports, including Yokohama, where photographers such as Felice Beato opened studios to introduce photography to Japan.

How one sleepy town spent Saturday afternoon in the Great Depression

How one sleepy town spent Saturday afternoon in the Great Depression Founded in 1762, the small city of Hagerstown, Maryland sits just south of the Mason-Dixon line and changed hands several times during the Civil War.In October 1937, Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein, in the course of his assignments covering everyday life across the country, passed through.