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Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian Champion Skater, 1915-1920. Library of Congress.

The secret, he said, was to hold a ten-pound weight behind your back to keep from falling forward.

Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian Skater, 1915-1920; Library of Congress.

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Color photograph of French soldiers in WWI, showing bright colored uniforms.

The life of an infantryman had been safer when war was conducted exclusively in black and white.

French soldiers, 1916; true-color photograph.

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Opera singers rehearsing at Lewisohn Stadium in New York City, 1916

It was the end of a brilliant career when, straining for a low note, Gloria accidentally summoned the ghost of last night’s cabbage soup.

Opera singers rehearsing at Lewisohn Stadium, NYC, 1916. Library of Congress.

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Man sitting in art gallery alone, circa late 1800s.

Though blind, he spent all day in the gallery eating ginger candies and whistling snippets of birdsong.

Unknown museum, presumably in Sydney, Aus. (date unknown).

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An old French magazine ad featuring woman in a colorful hat

Neither the smartest nor prettiest among her friends, Claudia managed to outshine everyone with the aid of her new hat.

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July 4th children's show circa 1925

Everyone loves the Fourth of July, or else no ice cream.

Photo circa 1915, from The Library of Congress. Sunshine Jarmann (Jarmon) – the only kid who seems to be enjoying herself – later performed on Broadway in the Music Box Revue, 1922-23. Marcus M. Marks was Manhattan Borough President from 1913-17. He died in ’34.

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Zoopraxioscope - Eadweard Muybridge 1893

P.T. Barnum’s preliminary sketches for zero-gravity circus acts were more fanciful than plausible.

Zoopraxiscope of horseback somersault by Eadweard Muybridge, 1893.

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