Sister Marie Chantal, left, kicks at an instructor during a Tae Kwon Do class in January 1994. Jack Manning/The New York Times
John Hills conducts an exercise class for people over 65 in January 1969. The published captions read: "Who says physical fitness is only for youngsters. Counting, with exaggerated enunciation, against pressure of fingers helps excercise the face and rest the body halfway through the hour-long session." Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times
Sgt. Richard Richards of the 86th Precinct demonstrates his shooting stance for a photographer during a police revolver competition in March of 1958. Ernie Sisto/The New York Times
Heavily armed Indochinese Communist soldiers, including women and young boys, occupy the city of Phnom Penh on May 4, 1975, marking the end of five years of war in Cambodia. At first the mood of the city was jubilant with the rebels being welcomed. Dith Pran/The New York Times
President Dwight D. Eisenhower at his Gettysburg farm walking around the grounds chatting with reporters and photographers in January 1955. George Tames/The New York Times
Umpire Durwood Merrill ejects Seattle Mariners manager Chuck Cottier during a 1985 game at Yankee Stadium. After arguing nose-to-nose with Merrill for several minutes, Cottier yanked first base out of the ground and heaved it into right field. Vic DeLucia/The New York Times
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi poses as Pollione from "Norma" in which he sang at the Metropolitan Opera in November 1927. The New York Times.
A contact sheet of a skark swimming at an aquarium, May 1960. Sam Falk/The New York Times
A New York fire inspires a fantastic coiled pattern of hoses. Sam Falk/The New York Times
A man-made anchor holds down a plane at La Guardia Field in February, 1940. The New York Times.
An eight-story inflatable King Kong deflated on top of the Empire State Building after it developed a hole in its shoulder. The balloon ape was tethered to the skyscraper in April 1983 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the King Kong movie. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Inside a New York City morgue, the rich, famous and celebrated rest in the same space with the soldier, the wheat farmer and nuns trained in the martial arts. There’s even a car show model who was mauled by a lion.
Darcy Eveleigh pulls drawers at random and gives these people another day. They’re not dead, just filed.
Eveleigh is a New York Times picture editor who curates the popular Tumblr blog, The Lively Morgue, a collection of historic and often quirky images found in the Times’ photo archive.
Eveleigh will not live to see every photo. The files are believed to hold between 10 and 20 million images. The site reports that if Times picture editors posted 10 new archived photos on the blog each day, they might have every picture online by the year 3935.
“They are all accidental small treasures I did not mean to come across,” Eveleigh said of the serendipity she relies on during her regular visits to the morgue, located three stories below ground level.