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These Old Photos Show What Fleet Week Used To Look Like

For this year's Fleet Week, here's a look back at the excitement and mischief of yesteryear that could only happen in the Big Apple.

Posted on May 22, 2019, at 5:11 p.m. ET

A sailor on top of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center, Nov. 1, 1943.
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A sailor on top of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center, Nov. 1, 1943.

The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, enters New York Harbor, May 1956.
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The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, enters New York Harbor, May 1956.

Two Marines walk down a street in Harlem, June 1943.
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Two Marines walk down a street in Harlem, June 1943.

Women Marines parading up Broadway, Nov. 13, 1951.
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Women Marines parading up Broadway, Nov. 13, 1951.

Two soldiers watch workers on a scaffold hang a billboard advertisement, 1944.
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Two soldiers watch workers on a scaffold hang a billboard advertisement, 1944.

Sailors and their dates enjoy the boardwalk at Coney Island, 1946.
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Sailors and their dates enjoy the boardwalk at Coney Island, 1946.

Sailors and their dates attend a gathering, 1941.
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Sailors and their dates attend a gathering, 1941.

Left: A sailor kisses his girlfriend goodbye at Penn Station before boarding his train, 1941. Right: Soldiers pose for a novelty portrait at a Broadway photo studio, 1944.
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Left: A sailor kisses his girlfriend goodbye at Penn Station before boarding his train, 1941. Right: Soldiers pose for a novelty portrait at a Broadway photo studio, 1944.

A dance is held for sailors in port during Fleet Week in New York, 1945.
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A dance is held for sailors in port during Fleet Week in New York, 1945.

A sailor (right) and a volunteer participate in games during the Servicemen's Canteen Party at the Hotel Edison, 1942.
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A sailor (right) and a volunteer participate in games during the Servicemen's Canteen Party at the Hotel Edison, 1942.

A woman and a soldier sleep outdoors on a park bench after a long night, 1944.
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A woman and a soldier sleep outdoors on a park bench after a long night, 1944.

Canadian-trained Australian fliers try their hand at a shooting gallery in New York City during a farewell tour hosted by the British American Ambulance Service before sailing for England, Nov. 12, 1941.
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Canadian-trained Australian fliers try their hand at a shooting gallery in New York City during a farewell tour hosted by the British American Ambulance Service before sailing for England, Nov. 12, 1941.

A sailor listens to the baseball game on the radio while sunbathing on Coney Island Beach, 1944.
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A sailor listens to the baseball game on the radio while sunbathing on Coney Island Beach, 1944.

Two sailors on a date in Central Park, 1943.
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Two sailors on a date in Central Park, 1943.

A sailor and a date sit on the grass of Central Park during summer 1951.
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A sailor and a date sit on the grass of Central Park during summer 1951.

Left: Sinbad, the Coast Guard's globe-trotting mascot, rests proudly in the big horn of an officer, 1946. Right: A woman kisses her man goodbye at the 34th Street bus terminal, while another soldier holds her up, 1946.
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Left: Sinbad, the Coast Guard's globe-trotting mascot, rests proudly in the big horn of an officer, 1946. Right: A woman kisses her man goodbye at the 34th Street bus terminal, while another soldier holds her up, 1946.

Sailors wave to a passing battleship in New York Harbor, 1940.
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Sailors wave to a passing battleship in New York Harbor, 1940.


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