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Anniversary Issues of Life Magazine

Below are short videos showing highlights of issues that would be great for anniversaries coming up soon.


A short video showing a few interesting articles and advertisements in the March 4, 1946 Life magazine including Palm Beach, Florida, Mary Martin, Gretchen Merrill figure skater, Daniel Defoe moon paintings, Play at home games, Champion Angus bulls.


A short video showing a few interesting articles and advertisements in the March 12, 1956 Life magazine including President Eisenhower, Popes 80th birthday, 1956 Automobile advertisements, Pancho Gonzales, Scottsdale Arizona.


A short video showing a few interesting articles and advertisements in the March 25, 1966 Life magazine including LSD drugs, Gemini 8 Mission, Pompeii, Indira Gandhi, 1966 Mustang advertisement.


A short video showing a few interesting articles and advertisements in the March 1986 Life magazine including Teenage America, Molly Ringwald, Christa McAuliffe, Inner City Detroit, Car Love.

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Old Life Magazines has been online since 1996. We have sold over 100,000 Life Magazine issues to happy customers all over the world in the 19 years we've been in business. We have an inventory of around 35,000 original issues of LIFE at any given time. The largest majority of this collection has been built by buying from people who have contacted me and have had collections that their parents or grandparents have saved over the years ... ... ... Read more.

"Life" as it Happened

Cezanne 1839 -1906. - February 25, 1952 Life Magazine

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  Exerpt from February 25, 1952 Life Magazine.

The Great Paintings of a Frustrated Recluse

Currently on display at the Chicago Art Institute, and soon to be seen at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, are 130 pictures by a man who holds a unique position in the history of modern painting, Paul Cézanne. Some critics consider him the greatest painter of the past 100 years. Even those who dissent from this high opinion consider him the most influential one. Cézanne, a Frenchman who did most of his painting between 1870 and 1900, was not only a painter; he was the creator of an entirely new method of looking at the world. And so widespread and subtle has been the influence of his method that the world, to civilized people, has never looked quite the same since. Many of Cézanne's paintings have an unfinished look about them, as if they were abandoned experiments. They depict mountains and apples that look as passionate as people, and people who look as inert as mountains or apples. Few of them constitute what the average man thinks of as a pretty picture. But nearly anyone who looks at them can sense great dig. nity and repose in their rugged brush strokes—a feel. ing of depth, weight and solidity. Part of this dignity and repose arises from the painter's way of transmuting natural objects into abstract forms, so that the observer senses cones, cubes and spheres beneath his mountains, houses and fruits. Artists have studied Cézanne's principles and evolved entire schools of painting—cubism, abstractionism—from them. There is hardly a department of contemporary art that does not owe him a debt. His carefully constructed scenes contain the germs of such widely separated developments as modern magazine layout and modern architecture.

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