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Children watch the story of "Saint George and the Dragon" at an outdoor puppet theater in Paris, 1963.
Actresses
1932
1969

Unforgettable Eisenstaedt: 22 Amazing Photos by a Master

Dr. Ervand Kogbetliantz with his three-dimensional chessboard, New York City, 1952.
Architecture & Design
'50s

Portrait of a Mathematician and His Three-Dimensional …

Richard Burton starring in Hamlet, directed by John Gielgud, Broadway, 1964.
Actors
'60s

Richard Burton as Hamlet: Portrait of an …

In the midst of a wartime lemon shortage, a woman "auctions off" a lemon in London, 1944. (The auction was staged by photographer David Scherman.)
Culture
'40s

Let Us Now Praise a ‘Pioneer of the Made-Up …

Noël Coward standing in a dry lake bed, Nevada, 1955.
Behind the Picture
'50s

Behind the Picture: Noël Coward in the Desert

Nancy Lincoln, leukemia patient, with husband and two children, rides a bicycle-built-for-two in a California park, 1970.
Culture
'70s

Living With Leukemia: A Family Embraces the Important …

Barbra Streisand in 1966
Actresses
'60s

LIFE With Streisand: Early Photos of an Insecure Star

Gene Kelly dancing, 1944.
Actors
'40s

Gene Kelly: Caught in the Act

Louis Mattar enjoys a pull on the water pipe he installed in his heavily modified 1947 Cadillac.
Autos
'50s

Shower? Check. Washing Machine? Check. Hookah? Check. …

Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski, London, 1968.
Actresses
'60s

Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski: Rare Photos, London, 1968

Larry and Dunk, Iowa, 1945.
Animals
'40s

A Boy and His Dog: Portrait of Friendship

Between scenes in the show at New York's Latin Quarter, Pat Farrell prepares to make a chess move. Opponent (right) is Grace Sundstrom. Kibitzing at left is Shirley Forrest, an ex-schoolteacher.
Culture
'50s

Showgirls at Work and at Play: Gordon Parks’ …

Foodland supermarket, Hawaii, 1959.
Culture
'50s

Hawaii Before Statehood: Color Photos, 1959

Hitler's Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels glowers at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in the garden of the Carlton Hotel during a League of Nations conference, Geneva, September 1933.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
'30s

Behind the Picture: Joseph Goebbels Glares at the …

Georgia O'Keeffe photographed on the roof of her Ghost Ranch home in New Mexico, 1967.
Art & Artists
'60s

Georgia O’Keeffe: Invincible

The "world's youngest swimmer," 9-week-old Julie Sheldon, cruises underwater next to her grandmother, Mrs. Jen Loven, a children's swimming instructor in 1954 Los Angeles.
Children
'50s

This 9-Week-Old Water Baby Was the ‘World’s …

A view of London in 1940, with damage from German bombing raids.
History
'40s

World War II: London in Color

Julie Newmar on the set of the Broadway play, "The Marriage-Go-Round," for which she won a Tony Award, 1958.
Actresses
'50s

Julie Newmar: ‘I Was in LIFE’

Dale Rooks/U.S. Coast Guard
History
'40s

Aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter in World War II: Rare Photos

Marilyn Monroe at age 22, Hollywood, 1949.
Actresses
'40s

Marilyn Monroe in ’49: Early Photos of a Movie …

View of the Golden Gate Bridge toward the hills of Marin County, 1955.
Culture
1938
1972

LIFE in a Great City: San Francisco

Marguerite (right) and her chicken, Paris, 1956.
Animals
'50s

Walking Your Chicken Around Paris in Style: A Pictorial Guide

The body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale rests atop a crumpled limousine minutes after she jumped to her death from the observation platform of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947.
Culture
'40s

‘The Most Beautiful Suicide': A Violent Death, an …

South Vietnam's Madame Nhu fires a pistol during a 1962 visit to an officer training session of the women's paramilitary force that she organized the year before.
History
'60s

Remembering Madame Nhu: The Polarizing Face of South Vietnam

Lauren Bacall, New York City, 1945.
Actresses
'40s

Lauren Bacall, Hollywood Legend, Dead at 89

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

Korean War orphan Kang Koo Ri, 1951.
Behind the Picture
'50s

‘The Little Boy Who Wouldn’t Smile': A …

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 …

Princeton professor Hubert Alyea delivering a lecture on the chemistry of the atomic bomb, 1953.
Culture
'50s

The Science Teacher You Wish You Had

Models from the "Ugly" model agency in London, 1969.
Culture
'60s

In Praise of ‘Ugly': Modeling Agency Ditches the …

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 …

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Animals
'40s

A Squirrel’s Guide to Fashion

LIFE Magazine, April 7, 1952. Marilyn Monroe's debut on the magazine's cover, photographed by Philippe Halsman.
Actresses
1952
1962

Marilyn Monroe: The LIFE Covers, 1952-1962

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 …

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

LIFE Goes to a County Fair, 1938

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 of JFK and Nixon made during the Kennedy-Nixon debates, 1960.
Editor's Pick
'60s

The Kennedy-Nixon Debates: When TV Changed the Game

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

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Photos From the Ruins

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

‘Movement Itself': Gorgeous Color Photos of …

Archduke Franz Ferdinand (seated, in hat) and his wife, Sophie, on the day they were assassinated, Sarajevo, June 28, 1914.
Editor's Pick
1914

A Picture Before Dying: Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, …

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

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Editor's Pick
1914
1918

World War I Posters: The Graphic Art of Propaganda

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 …

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

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

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) on the set of Batman, 1966.
Celebrity
'60s

LIFE With Batman: Rare Photos From the Set of the …

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

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