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    Maine family relinquishes claim to be the country's largest all-girl family. The thirteen sisters in the Brooks family view their only brother, Leslie Benjamin Brooks, following his birth to Mrs. Brooks, 39, at their home in Pittsfield in 1954. From left to right, rear, are: Eunice, 16; Alma, 15; Elaine, 14; Ervena, 13; Rosalie, 11; twins, Janet and Janice, 10 and proud father Mr. Lloyd Brooks. Front row: Donna, 8; Hazel, 7; Rae Jean, 5; Eleanor, 4; Koyce, 3; Lorraine, 18 months and Mrs. Brooks holding Leslie Benjamin. The family, who lives in a remodeled school house, had prepared a pink layette for the baby's arrival. "Now that I have a boy, I hope it will be the end," said Mr. Brooks, a $50-a-week truck driver.

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    Determined fans of New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio crowd their hero for autographs at Game 3 of the World Series at the Polo Grounds, in 1937. The Yankees beat the New York Giants 5-1 to extend their lead in the Series to three games to none. The 1937 Series was a rematch of the 1936 Fall Classic between the two intracity rivals. DiMaggio, in his second year with the Yankees, had a respectable Series, batting .273 with one home run and four RBIs. That Game 5 homer helped the Yankees cruise to their second of four straight championships, four games to one.

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    Sir Winston Churchill, center foreground, is shown as he rides in open car on tour of polling places in his Woodford, England constituency on Oct. 8, 1959. Now nearing 85, Britain’s former prime minister is the oldest conservative party candidate in Britain’s general election. He’s almost certain to win his 20th contest to represent the London suburb in the House of Commons.

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    Industrial waste from factories pollutes the James River at Lynchburg, Virginia in 1962. As industry grows, so does this type of pollution, one of several kinds of poisoning of the nation’s water supply to the point where it threatens health and perhaps national existence.

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    Warsaw, the first allied capital to suffer the Nazi blitzkrieg, and which later became the hot-bed of duel’s between Polish patriots and the German, has only just got down to clearing up the debris which for so long has littered her streets. Workmen are now to be seen pulling down dangerous structures in readiness for rebuilding. Civilians in Warsaw commerce shoveling from debris from a wrecked building, into a horse drawn cart, in Warsaw in 1945.

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    Al Wilson in his 1910 model pusher-type Curtiss plane in Los Angeles in 1930 which he flew to Los Angeles from Chicago, a distance of 2,400 miles. He made the trip with 36 landings, three of which were forced. The other 33 were for gas.

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    Flags of Berlin's bakers' organizations are consecrated to Berlin's Marien-Church in 1933. The flags with their swastikas are saluted by church-goers. A march thru Berlin followed the ceremony.

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    Protestors lie in the street during a mass arrest on Chicago's near North Side in 1969 after a confrontation between demonstrators and police.

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    Boy reads amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid in 1940.

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    U.S. President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with former President Richard Nixon as former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter look on at the White House in Washington, D.C. in 1981. At right is first lady Nancy Reagan. The three former presidents will depart for Egypt to attend President Anwar Sadat's funeral.

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    U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, second from right, is accompanied by his wife, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, right, as they leave for a nine day campaign swing from Washington, D.C. in 1936. The others on the train platform are, from left, Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace; Secretary of Commerce Daniel Roper and Betsy Cushing Roosevelt, the president's daughter-in-law.

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    A formation of Overstrand bombing planes, showing the new type of rotating gun turrets which house the machine gunner, in flight over Bicester, Oxfordshire in 1936. Number 101 bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force has been equipped with bombing planes fitted with Bristol Pegasus twin engines. A feature of these aircraft is the special new rotating gun turrets in the nose of the plane.

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    Chris Evert, the 16-year-old tennis player at Forest Hills Stadium, New York in 1971.

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    Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts, rivals for the presidency, engaged in an informal discussion in the television studio in Washington in 1960 after going off the air on their nation televised debate. The debate was the second in the pre-elect series to discuss campaign issues.

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