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The Interesting Story of Deadshot Mary

Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896, and after immigrating to America with her family, made the bold choice to join the NYPD. Along with a handful of other woman cops, she went to work on undercover beats. In her first...

 
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Old Photos of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded...

 
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The Jericho Skull – Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for the First Time

The Jericho Skull is one of seven plastered and ornamented Neolithic skulls excavated by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon in 1953 at the site of Tell es-Sultan, near the modern West Bank city of Jericho. All seven skulls had...

 
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The Rotor Ride: A Spinning Human Blender from the Past Looks Like a Very Bad Idea

The Rotor, also known as the “Devil’s Hole”, was designed by German engineer Ernst Hoffmeister in the late 1940s. The photo below was taken at Coney Island in the 1950s. Everyone looks relatively calm and still as they...

 
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California Couple Inherits 50-Year-Old Bunker Beneath Their New Home

When they bought the house, the Otcaseks were only told that the property had “an unusual feature”: a large, concrete-lined hole in the backyard. They were told that the hole once housed a fallout shelter from the Cold...

 
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Photographer Uncovers 1,200 Rolls of Unprocessed Film From the 1950s

Levi Bettwieser, the creator of the The Rescued Film Project, has been finding and recovering rolls of “lost and forgotten” film for years. Last year, Bettwieser acquired 66 bundles of undeveloped film from the 1950s,...

 
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12 Vintage Ads Aimed at Kids We Will Never, Ever See Today

In a world full of government regulations where every light bulb comes in a package explaining how you shouldn’t eat it, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always like this. Once upon a time, not only did...

 
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Globe-Making Process From 1955

Take a peek behind the curtains as the workers at this globe factory hand-make globes using paper maché method that’s quite fascinating. There is so much craftsmanship and time that go into each one of these globes —...

 
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The Book Rescuers (7 Photos)

This small collection of photos in the LIFE Archives show the sheer awesomeness of librarians who tried their best to save the books that were drenched following a building fire… Pictured in 1951 drying out state library...

 
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20 Vintage Photos of People Camping and Caravanning Between the 1930s and 1960s

It was before the 20th century when camping holidays really started. The first real holiday camp was in the Isle of Man, called the “Cunningham Camp”. The only strange thing about this camp was that all the campers were...

 
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