This year, the Republican National Convention is in Cleveland; it starts July 18. The Democratic National Convention hits Philadelphia beginning July 25.

But in the past, it's been our turn here in New York City. In 1868, before the invention of the light bulb and the gasoline-powered automobile, the DNC took place at Tammany Hall; it returned, to a world we recognize a bit more, in 1924, at Madison Square Garden, then again in 1976, 1980 and 1992. The RNC hit us up in 2004.

Though the purpose of these conventions remains more or less the same, the faces change a bit each year. Take a look back as conventions of NYC past.

DNC 1976: Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter

Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter wave to the
Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter wave to the crowd at the Americana Hotel on July 16, 1975, after receiving their nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Standing behind the podium are their respective wives, Joan Mondale and Rosalynn Carter. (Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood)

DNC 1976

Jimmy Cater and Walter Mondale, with their wives,
Jimmy Cater and Walter Mondale, with their wives, Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale, wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden after formally receiving the party's nomination on July 15, 1976. (Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell, Jr. )

DNC 1976: Hugh Carey

New York Gov. Hugh Carey greets members of
New York Gov. Hugh Carey greets members of the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden on July 12, 1976. (Credit: Newsday / Don Norkett )

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DNC 1976

Crowds of protesters, police and press gather outside
Crowds of protesters, police and press gather outside of Madison Square Garden for demonstrations before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 12, 1976. (Credit: Newsday / Joe Dombroski )

DNC 1976: Jimmy Carter supporters

A crowd of Jimmy Carter supporters during the
A crowd of Jimmy Carter supporters during the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden on July 14, 1976. (Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus )

DNC 1976

Violet Binni of the Ohio delegation shows her
Violet Binni of the Ohio delegation shows her support for Jimmy Carter at the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden on July 14, 1976. (Credit: Newsday / Joe Dombroski )

DNC 1980: Mario Biaggi, Charles Rangel and Geraldine Ferraro

U.S. Reps. Mario Biaggi, Charles Rangel, and Geraldine
U.S. Reps. Mario Biaggi, Charles Rangel, and Geraldine Ferraro address reporters outside of the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden regarding convention rules on Aug 4, 1980. (Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell, Jr. )

DNC 1980: Protesters

The People's Convention, a group disappointed with the
The People's Convention, a group disappointed with the establishment of the Democratic Party, march down Sixth Avenue in Manhattan in protest of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 10, 1980. (Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz)

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DNC 1980: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter salutes the crowd in Madison Square
Jimmy Carter salutes the crowd in Madison Square Garden before beginning an acceptance speech for the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 14, 1980. (Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood )

DNC 1980: Convention floor

The floor of Madison Square Garden at the
The floor of Madison Square Garden at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 11, 1980. (Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles )

DNC 1980: Hugh Carey

New York Gov. Hugh Carey addresses the Democratic
New York Gov. Hugh Carey addresses the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden during a debate about convention rules on Aug. 11, 1980. (Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus )

DNC 1992

Workers build the stage for the Democratic National
Workers build the stage for the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden on July 7, 1992. (Credit: Newsday / Mitsu Yasakawa)

DNC 1992: Ron Brown

Democratic National Committee chairman Ron Brown, who grew
Democratic National Committee chairman Ron Brown, who grew up in Harlem, bangs the gavel to begin the convention at Madison Square Garden on July 13, 1992. (Credit: Newsday / Phillip Davies )

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DNC 1992: Mario Cuomo

New York delegates hold signs for Gov. Mario
New York delegates hold signs for Gov. Mario Cuomo at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden on July 15, 1992. (Credit: Newsday / Mitsu Yasakawa)

DNC 1992: Al Gore and Bill Clinton

Al Gore and Bill Clinton hold up their
Al Gore and Bill Clinton hold up their hands in victory at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention on July 16, 1992. (Credit: Newsday / Ozier Muhammad)

DNC 1992: Convention floor

Bill Clinton supporters flood the floor of Madison
Bill Clinton supporters flood the floor of Madison Square Garden on July 13, 1992. (Credit: Newsday / David Pokress)

RNC 2004: George W. Bush

President George W. Bush speaks at Madison Square
President George W. Bush speaks at Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 2, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)

RNC 2004: Dick Cheney and family

Vice President Dick Cheney and his family on
Vice President Dick Cheney and his family on stage at Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

RNC 2004

No fewer than 12,000 balloons were inflated on
No fewer than 12,000 balloons were inflated on Aug. 27, 2004 at Madison Square Garden to be dropped on the final night of the Republican National Convention. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

RNC 2004: Michael Moore

Michael Moore at the Republican National Convention on
Michael Moore at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2004, in Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)

RNC 2004: Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)

RNC 2004: Don King

Boxing promoter Don King, right, on the floor
Boxing promoter Don King, right, on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 30, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

RNC 2004: Dead-in

Dozens of protesters lie in the middle of
Dozens of protesters lie in the middle of Broadway near 28th Street during a "dead-in" to protest the RNC on Aug. 31, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / Moises Saman)

RNC 2004: Ed Koch

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch addresses
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch addresses the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden on Aug 30, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

RNC 2004: Jenna and Barbara Bush

Jenna, left, and Barbara Bush, daughters of President
Jenna, left, and Barbara Bush, daughters of President George W. Bush, at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

RNC 2004: Dick Cheney

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Republican
Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

RNC 2004: Elizabeth and Mary Cheney

Daughters of Vice President Dick Cheney, Elizabeth, left,
Daughters of Vice President Dick Cheney, Elizabeth, left, and Mary, at Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)

RNC 2004

Kay Hutchinson of Kansas on the floor of
Kay Hutchinson of Kansas on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 31, 2004. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

RNC 2004: Rick Lazio

Rick Lazio sits with the New York delegates
Rick Lazio sits with the New York delegates at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

RNC 2004: Sean Combs

Sean
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs walks around the convention floor at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 2, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)

RNC, 2004: George Pataki

New York Gov. George Pataki speaks at the
New York Gov. George Pataki speaks at the Republican National Convention Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: Newsday / Jiro Ose)