42 Facts About Life magazine


Life was an American magazine published weekly from 1883 to 1972, as an intermittent "special" until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 until 2000.

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In 1936, Time publisher Henry Luce bought Life magazine, only wanting its title: he greatly re-made the publication.

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Life magazine returned to regularly scheduled issues when it became a weekly newspaper supplement from 2004 to 2007.

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Life magazine created the first Life name-plate with cupids as mascots and later on, drew its masthead of a knight leveling his lance at the posterior of a fleeing devil.

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Three years after the magazine was founded, the Massachusetts native first sold Life a drawing for $4: a dog outside his kennel howling at the moon.

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Life magazine's paintings were featured on Life cover 28 times between 1917 and 1924.

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Life magazine published Ivy League jokes, cartoons, flapper sayings and all-burlesque issues.

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However, Life magazine had passed its prime and was sliding toward financial ruin.

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The New Yorker, debuting in February 1925, copied many of the features and styles of Life magazine; it recruited staff from its editorial and art departments.

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Life magazine should be passing into the hands of new owners and directors is of the liveliest interest to the sole survivor of the little group that saw it born in January 1883.

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The third magazine published by Luce, after Time in 1923 and Fortune in 1930, Life developed as the definitive photo magazine in the U S, giving as much space and importance to images as to words.

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Life magazine was to be the first publication, with a focus on photographs, that enabled the American public,.

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Format of Life magazine in 1936 was a success: the text was condensed into captions for 50 pages of photographs.

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The Life magazine was printed on heavily coated paper and cost readers only a dime.

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The Life magazine's success stimulated many imitators, such as Look, which was founded a year later in 1937 and ran until 1971.

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Later Life magazine moved its editorial offices to 9 Rockefeller Plaza.

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Co-founder of the new Life magazine, Longwell served as managing editor from 1944 to 1946 and chairman of the board of editors until his retirement in 1954.

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Life magazine's influence was significant during the magazine's heyday, which was roughly from 1936 until the mid-1960s.

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Life magazine, supported the military's efforts to use artists to document the war.

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When Congress forbade the armed forces from using government money to fund artists in the field, Life magazine privatized the programs, hiring many of the artists being let go by the Department of War .

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Each week during World War II, the Life magazine brought photographs of the war to Americans; it had photographers from all theaters of war.

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The Life magazine wrote in the captions that the photos were fuzzy because Capa's hands were shaking.

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Life magazine denied it, claiming that the darkroom had ruined his negatives.

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Truman observed that Life magazine editors had presented other memoirs with great dignity; he added that Life magazine made the best offer.

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The magazine continued to showcase the work of notable illustrators, such as Alton S Tobey, whose contributions included the cover for a 1958 series of articles on the history of the Russian Revolution.

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Typical of the Life magazine's editorial focus was a long 1964 feature on actress Elizabeth Taylor and her relationship with actor Richard Burton.

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Life magazine's got that sort of jungle essence that one can sense.

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June 1964 Paul Welch Life magazine article entitled "Homosexuality In America" was the first time a national publication reported on gay issues.

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Life magazine's photographer was referred to the gay leather bar in San Francisco called the Tool Box for the article by Hal Call, who had long worked to dispel the myth that all homosexual men were effeminate.

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In March 1967, Life won the 1967 National Magazine Award, chosen by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Life magazine was reportedly not losing money, but its costs were rising faster than its profits.

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Life magazine lost credibility with many readers when it supported author Clifford Irving, whose fraudulent autobiography of Howard Hughes was revealed as a hoax in January 1972.

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In 1986, it decided to mark its 50th anniversary under the Time Inc umbrella with a special issue showing every Life magazine cover starting from 1936, which included the issues published during the six-year hiatus in the 1970s.

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In 1991 Life magazine sent correspondents to the first Gulf War and published special issues of coverage.

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Magazine struggled financially and, in February 1993, Life announced the magazine would be printed on smaller pages starting with its July issue.

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In 1936, its first issue under Henry Luce featured a baby named George Story, with the headline "Life Begins"; over the years the magazine had published updates about the course of Story's life as he married, had children, and pursued a career as a journalist.

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The last issue of Life was titled "A Life Ends", featuring his story and how it had intertwined with the magazine over the years.

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Time Inc made deals with several major newspaper publishers to carry the Life magazine supplement, including Knight Ridder and the McClatchy Company.

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The archive of over six million photographs from Life magazine is available through Google Cultural Institute, allowing for users to create collections, and is accessible through Google image search.

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Special editions of Life magazine are published on notable occasions, such as a Bob Dylan edition on the occasion of his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 2016, Paul at 75, in 2017, and "Life magazine" Explores: The Roaring '20s in 2020.

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Life magazine is published by the IAC's subsidiary Dotdash Meredith.

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Life magazine is currently owned by Dotdash Meredith, which own most of former Time Inc assets.

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