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.
Today’s post shows a photograph of the ticker-tape parade thrown in honor of the 1969 Mets, fresh off their first World Series win.
Oct. 20, 1969: It was given almost as splashy a front-page treatment as the moon landing: The Mets won the 1969 World Series. “Led by Manager Gil Hodges, they rode in open cars through canyons that once echoed with cheers for Charles A. Lindbergh, John H. Glenn and Neil Armstrong,” reported The Times. “For eight years New York has loved this team,” announced Mayor Lindsay at City Hall, where the ticker-tape parade began. He continued: “Today they’re No. 1. The Cardinals know it, the Cubs know it, the Braves know it and the Orioles know it. Thank you for giving us a summer of joy.”
The original article from 1969 has more.