Follow this Instagram account to see some of the most iconic photos from history

Do you consider yourself a history buff — or at least enjoy “This Day in History”-type posts? If so, there’s a new-ish Instagram account courtesy of Associated Press photographers that’s worth a follow.

The Associated Press, a cooperative news agency, has launched an Instagram account, @APPhotoArchive, that it’s using to share decades-old photographs it’s dug up from its photo archives.

“The AP Images historical photo archive, which dates back to the 19th century, contains a wealth of iconic imagery from around the globe,” reads the account’s description.

So far, the mostly black-and-white photos filling the Instagram feed are a mix of newsworthy events and pop culture photos, with some charming images from yesteryear sprinkled in.

Take, for instance, this 1950 photo from the AP archives, where spectators are getting their first glimpse of a TV adapter that can bring color to television sets.

The collection of images also includes weather disasters and recovery efforts, including a stark image of the “Black Sunday” dust cloud, which — in 1935 — descended on the Central Plains and engulfed Boise City, Oklahoma, turning the city dark in the middle of the afternoon.

While many photos are focused on news, some of the images are more “day-in-the-life” types of images, like this charming 1950 photo that shows French children forming a chain and rollerskating near the Eiffel Tower.

In this photo dating back to 1966, a pair of models test out a roller coaster at Coney Island. The ride’s operator is sitting behind them.

The best part? You don’t have to wait until Throwback Thursday (AKA #TBT) or Flashback Friday to enjoy these vintage photos. The AP photo archives account is posting on a regular basis, uploading a photo almost every day.

Want to fill your feed with more history?

The History Channel also has a well-curated Instagram account (@History) that includes #ThisDayinHistory posts as well as promotions for its shows.

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