Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23: Life Magazine

On this datei n History: 1936

The first issue (Vol 1, Issue 1) of “Life” magazine is published.
Time magazine's mission was to tell the news but Life publisher Henry Luce wanted people to SEE the news, “to see life, to see the world”.  It was a photo news magazine, the text was condensed as captions under the photos that covered 50 pages in an issue.
The photos captured the events and the personal side of the news, allowing people to see the world in a whole different way simply by showing it to them in a whole different way.  At its peak, circulation was 8 million.  Television impacted its demise and it stopped publication in 1972, resurfacing in 2004 as a newspaper supplement. 
The most famous Life photo was this photo (below) of a sailor kissing a nurse in New York on V-J Day. Norman Rockwell had illustrations on the cover 28 times.


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