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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 of the interesting articles and advertisements in the December 4, 1944 Life magazine including The Rhine River, War with Germany, General Stillwell, Mary Margaret McBride, plane crash on aircraft carrier, June Haver, boxing, war bonds, Slumber party.

 

A short video showing a few interesting article and advertisements in the December 6, 1954 Life magazine including the Army, Navy football game, stock market hits 387, 55 Thunderbird, 55 Mercury, Santa Coca-Cola, toupee's, Motorola tv's.

 

Short video on a few articles and advertisements in the November 27, 1964 Life magazine. Some of the article include the Vietnam war, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Nuruyev

 

A short video showing some of the interesting articles and advertisements in the November 1984 Life magazine including John Kennedy Jr, acid rain, 80's electronics, camcorders, vcr's, IBM pc Jr., guide to hook up 80's electronics, Kalahari desert, Amy Grant.


"Life" and the 1990's

In the 1990s, LIFE Magazine itself became an indicator of changing times. While it ran stories about advancements in communication technology, LIFE Magazine began fading in the face of the World Wide Web. In May of 2000, LIFE published its final issue.

LIFE Magazines during the 1990s covered an impressive range of topics. A growing concern about health combined with quickly advancing technology meant there were always medical marvels to write about. One of the most remarkable stories LIFE Magazine ever ran appears on the cover of the April 1996 issue. The story of the Hensel twins: sisters born using the same limbs and torso controlled by two fully-functional and completely individual personalities. From world-changing struggles like Desert Storm to pop culture events like the end of Cheers, LIFE Magazine continued its tradition of telling the American story from every angle.

LIFE Magazine mirrored the society in which it existed, a society finally ready to confront deep, philosophical issues that still challenge us today. Stories about the origin of life, the existence and nature of God, and the mysteries of nature reflect America’s interest in science and the unknown, an America much different than that of LIFE’s first issue in 1936.

The editors, photographers, and writers of LIFE Magazine through the years built and sustained a masterpiece of photojournalism and culture-watching unrivaled by any publication before or since. They captured the glamour, struggle, innovation, and victory of America and the world for decades, and the archive of knowledge captured in the issues we offer are a valuable treasure. We’re proud to offer them. You’ll be proud to own them.

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