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    LIFE Magazines on Google Books

    When I started High School, I read every LIFE Magazine I could get my hands on, the school library had a full set and let me wander the stacks...

    I'm sure those days shaped my photographic eye, though I can't really prove it directly...

    I feel like a kid again, here they are ready to leaf through...

    For example LIFE Feb 13, 1950 contains the article where one of my favorite HCB photographs was published...

    http://books.google.com/books?id=FlM...page&q&f=false

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    Thanks Bill,

    Back in 1958 I was published 1/2 page in LIFE - see the left image on page 46 of http://books.google.com/books?id=bj8...page&q&f=false

    I hadn't looked at it in years.

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    I love looking through old magazines. I love the graphic style, the imagery, the photos, everything.

    And don't be too harsh when casting judgement on the past. Our turn to be judged is coming.
    I shoot digital when I have to (most of those shots end up here) and film (occasionally one of those shots ends up here) when I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaha View Post
    And don't be too harsh when casting judgement on the past. Our turn to be judged is coming.
    Yup!!!

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    My uncle had every issue from the very beginning. I too was impressed by the photography. Unfortunately when they moved to Florida the magazines were just too heavy to ship and had to be left behind.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    The cover price says it all. 25 cents. Life and Look were always my favorite magazines growing up, along w/ Hot Rod. Uncle Ralph had the REAL good magazines, but they were hidden away from Aunt Emma pretty well. Lots better than National Geographic, let me tell you!

    This was the cover off the forerunner of Hot Rod, back in 1941. They sure should have kept the original name. The interesting thing is that the guy who built the first belly tank lake race car was.....Bill Burke. Pretty close.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=hot+...2F%3B800%3B531
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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    The cover price says it all. 25 cents. Life and Look were always my favorite magazines growing up, along w/ Hot Rod. Uncle Ralph had the REAL good magazines, but they were hidden away from Aunt Emma pretty well. Lots better than National Geographic, let me tell you!
    The ones promoting the nudist lifestyle?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    That was neat! Thanks for posting.

    Jeff

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    Thanks for posting, Bill. I have long wished I could find a copy of the story about the mid-air collision of the XB-70 bomber in June 1966. It touched me deeply, as I had spent five years as a lead engineer in the design of the portion of the airplane that included the cockpit and ejection system, before moving from L.A. to Seattle. I was stunned when I first saw the headline on the day following the crash, while I was at my first (of several) AA workshops in Yosemite. It was an incredible story that Life published later of the detailed sequence of events of the collision, including the struggles of the pilot to successfully eject and the co-pilot who was not so fortunate. The system was designed to allow ejecting at 70,000 ft altitude at Mach 3!, maintaining the "shirt-sleeve" environment of the cockpit sealed into the capsule (while the outside surface of the plane was at 450F/232C).

    For anyone interested, p.126:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=D1M...q=xb-70&f=true

    BTW, it's helpful to use the two-pg spread display mode and the magnifier to read through the article, while ignoring ads.
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    I didn't expect APUG'ers to have been published in LIFE but I guess I shouldn't be surprised!

    What got me going is that Henri Cartier-Bresson was shooting COLOR! I had a totally different impression and now I can't even imagine how he did it? Was it like me, one body and just switch "gears" day by day. Or did he have two bodies... Did he take same shots both color and black and white? The questions go on and on...

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