1936 - 1972
" LIFE magazine embraced little more than a single generation, a span of thirty -six years from November 1936 to December 1972. Yet it is impossible to think of any magazine in any period of time that had such an extraordinary impact on its readers. LIFE brought the world home to them in a way they had never seen or experienced before.

Most magazines were built around editors and writers, but LIFE was built around photographers. Their professional skill and unquenchable enterprise were at the heart of LIFE's success. Being a LIFE photographer was the most glamorous job in the profession and attracted the best in the world."

Excerpted from "The Best of LIFE" Copyright (c) 1973
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