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About Life Magazines

Containing many of the greatest photographs from modern American history, Life magazine is a must-have collectible. In its first incarnation, Life was published from 1883 to 1936 as a general interest and humor magazine. When Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine, bought it in 1936, the paper found new life as a weekly vehicle for photojournalism. At its zenith, each issue sold over 13.5 million copies. Life featured such iconic photographs as Alfred Eisenstaedt's spontaneous snap of a sailor kissing a nurse on V-J Day in 1945, part of its 12-page "Victory Celebrations" section. Leaders such as President Harry Truman, General Douglas MacArthur, and Sir Winston Churchill published their serialized memoirs in Life. Life magazine ceased weekly publication with its final issue on December 29, 1972 and published 10 special issues until 1978. It became a monthly magazine until 2000, when it resumed its special issues. It was a newspaper supplement from 2004 to 2007, joining the online world in 2008. For a fascinating look at U.S. and world history as it happened, look for a Life magazine lot from the reliable sellers on eBay, and get multiple issues in one transaction. A vintage Life magazine is an uncommon gift, especially when commemorating a special date or event.