Life Magazine November 23, 1936 : FIRST ISSUE. This is the First Issue of LIFE dated November 23, with a cover depicting the Fort Peck Dam in Montana photographed by Margaret Bourke-White. Fine condition.
Articles and photographs in this First Edition include Franklin Roosevelt's Wild West, NBC, Fort Knox, Fort Belvedere, One legged man on a mountain, Roger Tschumi, Russia Relaxes, Wheeler, Montana, Ruby Smith's place, Photo of Mrs. Nelson with two little children at Nelson Laundry, Mrs. Effie Crawfor in Pearl River, Louisiana and illegitimate child, Bandit La Normandia in Philadelphia, Dr. Joseph Graham Mayo and dog Floosie killed while driving along train tracks in Alma, Wisconsin, St. Mary's Chinese school in San Francisco, Greatest living actress, Helen Hayes, Brazil - photo essay, Mr. Brugh = Robert Taylor, Old Automibile Ads and much, much more.
United States postage stamp produced in 1978 honoring Life Magazine and its First Issue
Life magazine was honored on a stamp in 1978. This image, taken by Margaret Bourke-White, is from the cover of the first issue, November 23, 1936, of the Fort Peck Dam under construction in Montana
Life, Weekly (1936-1972)
In 1936, Henry R. Luce reinvented Life as a photojournalism magazine, and owned by Time Warner. The publication was a mammoth success. The During the magazine's heyday - roughly from its launch until the early 1960s - Life was the most influential and popular magazine in America, with tens of millions of subscribers and readers. Its impact on American public opinion, especially among the exploding suburban middle class in the U.S, was almost incalculable.
Life's original mission was "to see Life; see the world." The magazine has published some of the most iconic images of events in the United States and the world. Scores of talented photographers were employed to take the most original and unique views on the world. Life also produced many excellent science serials such as "The World We Live In" and "The Epic of Man".
Life was published weekly until dwindling circulations for magazines as a whole, coupled with rising advertising rates, caused the magazine to print its final weekly issue on December 29, 1972, (its annual "The Year in Pictures" edition).
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