The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper’s archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleamed from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world’s best newspapers.
This post by the site features a shot of two very different boats side-by-side in the New York Harbor from October 1971.
October 16, 1971: Sea vessels both huge and minuscule passed each other in New York harbor in the lead-up to the Mayor’s Cup schooner race. The enormous ship at the left and the tiny one in the middle did not compete (schooners have two or more masts) in the competition, which is held in October for its brisk winds and clear air. “Today did not oblige,” reported The Times. “For those in the spectator fleet, the full length of the starting line was barely visible through the fog.“