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From "Best-Selling Christmas Gifts," 1948.
Culture
1942
1960

In Praise of Nylon Stockings: Classic Photos of a …

American Pvt. Joe Demler, photographed on the day that the notorious prison camp, Stalag 12-A in Limburg, Germany, was liberated by Allied troops, spring 1945.
Behind the Picture
'40s

Behind the Picture: LIFE With Joe Demler, WWII’s …

Mississippi sharecropper, 1936
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'30s

Under a Mississippi Sun: Portraits of Depression-Era …

Migrant Field Worker, Tulare Migrant Camp, CA. 1940
Culture
'30s

Arthur Rothstein’s Return: A Master’s …

Washington, D.C., writer John Hoke, with the 35-mph electric car he built himself for less than $1,000, 1966.
Culture
'60s

Electric Cars: Just Around the Corner for a Long, Long Time

Oscar de la Renta fitting Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of actor-turned-politician John Lodge, in 1956.
Culture
'50s

Oscar de la Renta: Legendary Designer, Enduring Tastemaker

WILD NEW BRUSHES
Allan Grant
'40s

Inventing the Future, One Sublime, Ridiculous …

Two children play with kittens at the University of Michigan's hospital at Ann Arbor, 1956.
Animals
'50s

‘Animals Make a Hospital Happy': Classic Photos …

Angela Lansbury, in costume for her role in The Court Jester, eats lunch with Basil Rathbone in the Paramount Studio commissary, December 1954.
Actresses
'50s

Burger, She Ate: A Portrait of Angela Lansbury at Lunch

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, Hollywood, 1950.
Actors
'50s

Taylor and Clift: Photos From the Set of ‘A Place …

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Great Leaders
'40s

Gandhi: Quiet Scenes From a Revolutionary Life

Lucille Ball, 1942. An outtake from John Florea's 1942 photo essay on Ball, which touted her as being on the brink of fame after a decade of kicking around Hollywood.
Actresses
1942
1958

Lucille Ball: Rare Photos of a Comedy Icon

Kim Sisters, Chicago, 1960.
Celebrity
'60s

K-Pop Pioneers: The Kim Sisters Take America

United States Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager stands beside the plane in which he became the first pilot to break the sound barrier, 1947.
Culture
'40s

Chuck Yeager: World’s First Supersonic Man

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

LIFE With Matisse: Portraits of a Modernist Master, 1951

On the set of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Celebrity
'60s

LIFE on the Set of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Joe Frazier lunges at Muhammad Ali during their title fight at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971.
Athletes
'70s

Ali, Frazier and the ‘Fight of the Century': A …

Listening to a Dodgers-Giants ballgame on the radio, Brooklyn, 1946.
Culture
'40s

Hipsterless Brooklyn: Vintage Photos From a Vanished World

George Lott, 22, wounded in both arms by German mortar fire, suffers as doctors mold a plaster cast to his body, 1944.
Behind the Picture
'40s

Behind the Picture: George Lott, Wounded Warrior

Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Havana, 1959.
History
'50s

Che Guevara: The Rorschach Revolutionary

From the cover of LIFE magazine, September 9, 1966: "New Experience That Bombards the Senses: LSD ART."
Culture
'60s

Trip the Light Fantastic With LSD-Inspired Art

Don Larsen pitching at Yankee Stadium during his World Series perfect game against the Dodgers, Oct. 8, 1956.
Culture
'50s

27 Up, 27 Down: Remembering Don Larsen’s 1956 …

Lighting a cigarette she could jam into an assailant's eye, a Boston student walks home with hatpin on her sleeve -- a deadly stilleto ready for fast thrust.
Art Rickerby
'60s

City of Fear: Photos From the Boston Strangler Era, 1963

Elizabeth Taylor with West Point in the background, 1948
Actresses
1945
1964

Elizabeth Taylor: Photos From a Legendary Life

Dressed in bomb-squad protective gear, Uri tries to learn how to juggle using three hand grenades on a hill above the holy city. A year ago a terrorist-planted bomb exploded in a bus carrying Jews through West Jerusalem. “I arrived two minutes after the explosion,” says Uri. “There were shoes, fingers, glasses, blood. It was hell.” During the last 12 months the team has defused 36 other such devices. [1984]
History
'80s

‘Disarmers of Terror': LIFE With an Israeli Bomb …

After Sunday services the Romneys crowd onto a sofa in living room. Son Mitt and married daughters Jane and Lynn are at the rear. From left, grandchildren are Gregory (held by Lenore), Douglas, Susan, Brett and Jody. Another son, Scott, is in England with a mission group.
History
1958
1963

Growing Up Romney: Mitt’s Early World

Joseph Goebbels, Eugen Ritter von Schobert, Adolf Hitler, Italian ambassador Dino Alfieri (in white jacket), architect Gerdy Troost, Martin Bormann (behind Troost), Heinrich Himmler (far right) and others at Munich's Haus der Kunst for the 1939 "Day of German Art."
History
'30s

Art for the Reich’s Sake: Painting, Propaganda …

Mother and child in Hiroshima, Japan, December 1945.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'40s

Figures in a Wasteland: Mother and Child, Hiroshima, 1945

Hitler observes military maneuvers in St. Polten, Austria, in the spring of 1939.
History
1938
1941

Hitler, His Inner Circle and Assorted Hangers-On: Color …

Cancan dancers at the Moulin Rouge, Paris, late 1950s.
Culture
'50s

Moulin Rouge: Vintage Color Photos of a Legendary …

Dizzy Gillespie, 1948.
Allan Grant
'40s

LIFE With Dizzy Gillespie: Rare and Classic Portraits …

J. R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
History
'40s

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Photos From the Ruins

Rhett (Gable) and Scarlett (Leigh) embrace, showing off the fabulous costume work of Walter Plunkett.
Celebrity
'30s

‘Gone With the Wind': Photos From the Set of a …

American soldiers of Patton's Third Army roll up a Nazi flag they have taken as a trophy after the capture of Bitburg, February 1945.
History
'40s

Scenes of ‘Fury': The Brutal Reality of Tank …

Nearly all of operational U.S. Air Force models in a single formation, Florida, 1956.
Actors
1942
1958

Photographer Spotlight: J.R. Eyerman

The aurora borealis, a.k.a., the northern lights, northern Canada, 1953.
Culture
'50s

Northern Lights: Vintage Photos of Nature’s Great …

Josephine Baker performing at the Strand Theater in New York, 1951
Actresses
'50s

Josephine Baker: An Expat’s Triumphant Return to …

Walker Evans—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Autos
'50s

Auto Focus: Walker Evans on Rolls-Royce

Red Cross volunteers fight the flu pandemic, 1918.
Culture
1918

The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Scenes From a Cataclysm

Rita Hayworth poses "on her own bed in her own home" (as LIFE magazine put it), 1941.
Actresses
'40s

LIFE With Rita Hayworth: Hollywood Legend, Pinup Icon

The fight is over. Clay shouts, 'I am so pretty!' as he realizes Liston won't come out for seventh round. Trainer Angelo Dundee rushes to Cassius as handler Bundini Brown tries to restrain the half-hysterical champ.
Athletes
'60s

Ali vs. Liston in Miami Beach: The Night ‘the …

Luci Baines Johnson with Secret Service agent in her Corvette Stingray, 1965.
Culture
'60s

The Secret Service and LBJ’s Daughter: A Portrait …

Audrey Hepburn, 1956.
Culture
1953
1968

Hidden Frames: Unpublished Photos From Classic LIFE …

Sammy Davis Jr. Plays With Son on couch in 1964
Celebrity
1943
1969

LIFE With Movie Stars and Their Kids

Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'30s

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Charles M. Schulz with one of his family's five dogs in California in 1967.
Art & Artists
'60s

Good Ol’ Charles Schulz: The …

The "screwbat," specially engineered to teach a hitter not to roll his wrists when he swings.
Culture
'60s

‘Screwbats’ and Other Strange (But …

Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) raise black-gloved fists during the American national anthem; Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, who supported their protest, is at left.
Culture
'60s

The Black Power Salute That Rocked the 1968 Olympics

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a mushroom farm and sparks a near-riot among adoring workers in an undated photo released in July 2013 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
History
1939
2013

Dark Stars: Kim Jong Un, Hitler and Their Adoring Female Fans

LIFE magazine cover of actress Shirley Eaton in gold body paint for the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger." Photo by Loomis Dean.
Athletes
'60s

1964 in LIFE Magazine Covers: The World, 50 Years Ago

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