LIFE Magazine Photographic Archive

January 14, 2009

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If you love photography and history then you’ll love this, only last year about 2 months ago LIFE magazine posted on Google all its images dating back to 1860! Theres some seriously amazing moments that haven’t been seen by the rest of the world before now. I Really think everyone should look at this as a piece of history and the brilliant medium of photography.

” A cover of the earlier Life

Magazine from 1911

“Life was born January 4, 1883, in a New York City artist’s studio at 1155 Broadway. The founding publisher was John Ames Mitchell, a 37-year old illustrator, who used a $10,000 inheritance to launch the weekly magazine. Mitchell created the first Life nameplate with cupids as mascots; he later drew its masthead of a knight leveling his lance at the posterior of a fleeing devil. Mitchell took advantage of a revolutionary new printing process using zinc-coated plates, which improved the reproduction of his illustrations and artwork. This edge helped because Life faced stiff competition from the bestselling humor magazines Judge and Puck, which were already established and successful. Edward Sandford Martin was brought on as Life’s first literary editor; the recent Harvard graduate was a founder of the Harvard Lampoon.” (Wikipedia article)

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