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1923: Claude Monet.
Actor and Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart. Did you know Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II?
July 4th, 1939: Lou Gehrig. This photo was taken right after his famous retirement speech and two years before he passed away from ALS.
1963: Lee Harvey Oswald. In this photo, Oswald is being transported to questioning prior to his murder trial for the JFK assassination.
1918: Hellen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin.
1918: Girls delivering ice.
1941: Winston Churchill.
1921: Albert Einstein.
Circa 1900: Madison Square Park in NYC.
1868: Walt Whitman.
1932: Joan Crawford on the set of “Letty Lynton.”
1900: Mark Twain.
1939: Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach.
1916: Charlie Chaplin at 27.
1953: Big Jay McNeely at the Olympic Auditorium.
1946: Louis Armstrong practicing backstage.
1920: Babe Ruth’s MLB debut.
1924: A Washington, D.C. filling station.
1908: Boys buying flowers.
1939: An Oklahoma farmer during the dust bowl.
1961: Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo.
1904: Brooklyn Bridge.
1920s: Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Department.
Robert, Edward “Ted” and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.
1958: Clint Eastwood working on his Jag XK 120.
1864: View from the Capitol in Nashville.
1933: Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, scowling at a Jewish photographer.
1919: Henry Ford.
1939: People standing in line in Louisville, Kentucky.
1862: President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam.