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Ansel Adams during a photography workshop at California's Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, 1959.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'50s

Learning Photography From Ansel Adams and Other …

Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, 1952.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'50s

‘Hemingway Almost Killed Me': A LIFE Photographer …

A celebration in Red Square in honor of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, 1961.
History
'60s

Dancing for Gagarin: The USSR Celebrates the …

Dehydrated space foods for astronauts on Gemini missions, 1963.
Culture
'60s

Dining Out at 17,000 MPH: A Brief History of Food in Space

Photo shot in 1954 for 1955 LIFE magazine story on the Busch family; not published.
Culture
'50s

House of Suds: Portrait of the Busch Beer Dynasty at Play

Celestine Jay Ku reacts as a soap bubble bursts above her, 1941.
Children
'40s

Sweet Simplicity: Blowing Soap Bubbles for the Very …

Bill Cosby, Beverly Hills, 1969
Celebrity
'60s

Bill Cosby: Portrait of the Artist as a Silhouette With …

A rhesus monkey in Puerto Rico, 1938.
Animals
'30s

Behind the Picture: Hansel Mieth’s Wet, Stormy Monkey

Ray Bolger, 1940.
Celebrity
'40s

The Pursuit of Magic: Portrait of the Artist as a …

Hells Angels ride a freeway in California in 1965.
Bill Ray
'60s

LIFE Rides With Hells Angels, 1965

Flexing their muscles for their mutual admiration and for that of passers-by, these California youths find the days go fast on Muscle Beach at Santa Monica.
Culture
'50s

‘Brawny and Buoyant': A Portrait of West Coast …

Masters and Johnson, 1966
Culture
'60s

The Real ‘Masters of Sex': LIFE With Masters and …

Ann-Margret
Actresses
'60s

I Was in LIFE: Ann-Margret Remembers

Singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine gets a hug from an adoring fan after a show at the late, great New York City jazz club, Bop City, 1949.
Celebrity
'40s

Adoring Billy Eckstine: Portrait of a Jazz Legend and …

Martha Holmes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Culture
'40s

LIFE With a Cheerful Cape Cod ‘Cult,’ 1948

Elvis Presley
Culture
'50s

Elvis in the Beginning: ‘That’s All …

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flashes his trademark "V for Victory" sign, 1951.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'50s

V for Victory: Celebrating a Gesture of Solidarity and …

New York City graffiti, 1969.
Culture
'60s

We Were Here: Graffiti and the Human Cry for Connection

Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli in her study -- filled with treasures, paintings and books -- in Paris, 1947.
Culture
'40s

Elsa Schiaparelli: Coco Chanel’s Great, Forgotten …

The gantry retracts while Saturn V boosters lift the Apollo 11 astronauts toward the moon, July 16, 1969.
History
'60s

Apollo 11: What Liftoff Looked Like

Neil Armstrong Apollo 11
History
'60s

‘To the Moon and Back': LIFE’s Complete …

Dancers in Central Park, 1961.
Culture
'60s

Jewel of Manhattan: LIFE in Central Park, 1961

Fashion models visit the GUM department store in Moscow while in the Soviet Union for an officially sanctioned Christian Dior fashion show, 1959.
Culture
'50s

Haute Couture and the Cold War: Dior in Moscow, 1959

Scene on the Seine, 1946.
Culture
'40s

Paris Unadorned: Black and White Portraits of the City …

Bruce McCandless, first "untethered space walk" in history, Feb. 1984.
History
'80s

Into the Black: Bruce McCandless Floats Free in Space, 1984

An American 1st Air Cavalry helicopter airlifts supplies into a Marine outpost during Operation Pegasus, Vietnam, spring 1968.
Editor's Pick
'60s

Khe Sanh and Operation Pegasus: Scenes From Vietnam, 1968

New York City Ballet performs 'Symphony In Three Movements,' 1972.
Art & Artists
'70s

‘Movement Itself': Gorgeous Color Photos of …

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Culture
'70s

In Praise of Public Libraries: Beacons of Knowledge, …

Rachel and Schulim Pewzner, from Warsaw, Poland, interviewed at Ellis Island, 1950.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'50s

Gateway to a New World: Rare Photos From Ellis Island

Coney Island, 1949
Culture
1942
1951

Coney Island: Classic Photos From America’s …

A light-beam contour map measures an Air Force pilot's head for a flight helmet, 1954.
Actresses
1943
1969

Photographer Spotlight: Ralph Morse

Chinese Premier Chou En-lai, President Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon and Mrs. Chou En-lai at an official banquet during Nixon's landmark visit to China in 1972.
History
'70s

Nixon in China: A First Taste of Modern U.S.-Chinese …

Wounded Japanese child and American pilot, Saipan, 1944.
History
'40s

Behind the Picture: Saving a Wounded Child, Saipan, 1944

LIFE magazine Science Editor Warren Young experiences weightlessness during zero-gravity experiments aboard a modified transport plane, 1959.
Al Fenn
'50s

Buoyancy and Bliss: A LIFE Magazine Editor Revels in …

A French woman collaborator and her baby, whose father is German, returns to her home after having her head shaven following the capture of Chartres by the Allies, August 1944.
Editor's Pick
'40s

Robert Capa Reveals an Ugly Side of Liberation in WWII France

AIDS sufferer David Kirby and family, 1990
Behind the Picture
'90s

Behind the Picture: The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS

American troops of the 101st Airborne load a truck with recovered art treasures reportedly stolen by German Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, April 1945.
Art & Artists
'40s

Recovering Cultural Treasures Stolen by the Nazis: A …

Army MPs guard a Detroit store from looters after wartime race riots in the city, June 1943.
Civil Rights Movement
'40s

Hatred on the Home Front: The Detroit Race Riots During WWII

Scene from a 'Little Ladies Party,' Dallas, 1952.
Children
'50s

LIFE Goes to a ‘Little Ladies’ Party

Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Culture
'50s

LIFE at the 1953 Tour de France: Rare Photos of a Sport …

Statue of Liberty, 1951.
Architecture & Design
1931
1961

The Face of Freedom: Stirring Portraits of the Statue …

Henri Matisse models a nude, Nice, France, 1951.
Art & Artists
'50s

LIFE With Matisse: Portraits of a Modernist Master, 1951

LIFE magazine pictures made after an atomic weapon test, Nevada, 1955.
Curiosities
'50s

The Haunted Desert: Aftermath of a Nevada A-Bomb Test

A skillful shoulder block thrown by 'Fuzzy' Buchek (left) foils an attempt by Vivian Johnson (center) to slip between two skaters and start a jam. Blocking and checking are both legal tactics under Derby rules.
Culture
'40s

Grace and Mayhem: Photos of Women’s Roller Derby, 1948

Friday the 13th Jinx-Jabbing Jamboree and Dinner of the Anti-Superstition Society of Chicago, December 1940
Culture
'40s

Bad-Luck Busters: Friday the 13th With an …

Quadriplegic Marke Dumpert, invalided out of the Marines as a lance corporal, waits helplessly to be dried in a veterans' hospital.
Co Rentmeester
'70s

America’s Appalling Veterans Affairs Scandal: The …

LIFE magazine editor Richard Stolley helps Zsa Zsa Gabor through the remains of her Bel Air, Calif., home, destroyed by fire in November 1961.
History
'60s

Zsa Zsa Among the Ruins: Remembering the Bel Air Fire of 1961

Ralph Crane—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Culture
'60s

Happy 150th, Yosemite! Breathtaking Photos of a …

Pelé in action against Bulgaria during 1966 World Cup in England.
Art Rickerby
'60s

Dear Brazil: Missing Neymar? Remember When Pelé Went …

Dog walkers in Central Park, New York, 1967.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'60s

Ruff Stuff: Early Days of Dog Walking in NYC

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