John Kobal Foundation / Getty Images Season's greetings from the original Hollywood sex symbol, Mae West, in December 1936. Are you ready to party down?! Getty Images A group of people celebrating the new year on Jan. 1, 1940. Grab a friend... Time Life Pictures / Getty Images Soldiers and civilians celebrating the new year in a nightclub on Jan. 1, 1942. ...or a group of friends. A. Hudson / Getty Images Lilian Baylis playing the piano at her annual New Year's Eve party. Ballet dancers gather around the piano for a sing-song, Jan. 2, 1937. Get a hat. It's a party! Getty Images Customers buying novelty items for New Year's Eve celebrations in a shop in Berlin, Dec. 28, 1934. Look, even J. Edgar Hoover is in the spirit of the evening! New York Daily News Archive / Getty Images FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover at a New Year's Eve party, Jan. 1, 1938. This baby knows what's up. Getty Images A baby in his buggy on Jan. 1, 1937, holds a poster with good advice for the new year. Kissing optional, but encouraged. Stan Wayman / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images New Year's Eve celebration, Jan. 1, 1957. (Even when it's a little awkward.) Fred Morgan / New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images People celebrating New Year's Eve in New York on Dec. 31, 1941. No one to kiss? At least you have a hat... Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson looks forward to a "walloping" new year as he trains at Wiley's Gym on Dec. 31, 1956, before defending his title against Gene Fullmer on Jan. 2, 1957. Happy New Year's are for the front lines, too. Interim Archives / Getty Images Soldiers on the front lines also took time to send happy new year wishes. This donkey wanted to join the fun. Hulton Deutsch / Getty Images A donkey named Jacko crashes a New Year's party held by children evacuated from London, Jan. 1940. Dali isn't quite so sure... Bettmann / Bettmann Archive Artist Salvador Dali and others patrons celebrate New Year's Eve at New York's El Morocco nightclub, Jan. 1, 1950. This group is committed to the festive spirit. Jonathan Kirn / Getty Images Partygoers in Germany, Jan. 1, 1930. And this fine ensemble shows some things transcend centuries. Ullstein Bild / Getty Images Actor Ida Perry, together with (from left): actors Arnold Rieck, Miss Thielscher, her husband Guido Thielscher, Martha Glueck, Robert Steidl, and Else Wannovius on New Year's Eve, 1906. Drumroll, everyone, we're almost to the magic hour... Corbis via Getty Images Eskimo drummers from Point Hope, Alaska, accompany dancers on walrus-hide drums on New Year's Eve. Okay, fine, some like quiet traditions and that's cool, too... Alfred Eisenstaedt / Ullstein Bild / Getty Images Two couples playing cards, New Year's Eve, 1932. This lady wishes you a Happy New Year! Ullstein Bild / Getty Images A woman sitting on a watch at midnight, 1928. This is how 1925 does things, which I guess makes sense? Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Old year (on the right) leaves as new year (as a child on the left) arrives through the revolving door. This makes sense. Toasts all around: It's a brand new year! Time to celebrate! Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Miss Frances Langford, radio singer and nightclub performer, gracefully accepts another toast after she had been coaxed atop a table during a New Year's party in New York on Jan. 1, 1934. There's this somewhat-sexist-but-it's-1941 photo. Bettmann Archive via Getty Images The original caption reads, "Champagne and pretty girls, carnival hats and confetti — the setting that a soldier or a sailor likes for his merry-making. The showgirls went all out to make the boys feel at home." Oh, 1941 New York. And then the 1970s, keeping pace with some New Year's bath-time debauchery. Allan Tannenbaum / Getty Images Art dealers Louis and Susan Meisel host a New Year's Eve party in their oversize bathtub, New York, Dec. 31, 1974. The 80s took the party to the streets... George Rose / Getty Images Rowdy New Year's Eve revelers party on the famed Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, Dec. 31, 1979. ...and the 90s took the party to the wall (literally). Owen Franken / Getty Images Reunited Germans celebrate New Year's Eve atop the Berlin Wall, Jan. 1, 1991, two months after the border between the divided city was opened. These babies decided it was a fine day to join the celebrations. Keystone-france / Getty Images Nurses in a maternity ward in Paris, Jan. 1, 1932. These dudes are a bit more partied-out. Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Three New Year's Eve revelers mug happily for the camera. It's a lot of work to ring in a new year properly. Keystone-france via Getty Images The end of a New Year's Eve party, date unknown. At least it only happens once every 365 days. Happy New Year! Bettmann / Bettmann Archive A man passed out at the Palm Beach Club in New York City, Jan. 1, 1948.