On the heels of a major Los Angeles, California smog emergency in October 1954, Life magazine ran an article on the crisis in its November 1 issue. It was called "Blight on the Land of Sunshine," and it showcased some rather surreal images of both the smog and the way L.A. citizens chose to deal with the smog. Here is a gallery of images -- published and unpublished -- that photographer Allan Grant captured for the article.
Here are some cool images taken during a Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C., circa May 1942. As this was the first Memorial Day since the United States military officially entered World War II it likely took on extra significance. I'm no military expert so I can't identify any of the units in these photos. I'm assuming they're reserve units, but I could be wrong. There's a few shots in this gallery of what was referred to at the time as a Colored unit. Photography credit goes to Thomas McAvoy for Life magazine. (Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.)
The April 5, 1943 issue of Life featured a brief story on the problem of sleeping in a relaxed state. It was basically an ad for a new book called You Must Relax: Practical Methods for Reducing the Tensions of Modern Living, written by Dr. Edmund Jacobson, which has been reprinted numerous times over the ensuing decades. The article wasn't very helpful or detailed, but the accompanying pictures were neat. Here are the original photographs from 1943, shot by Gjon Mili. They feature some cool stroboscopic effects of a model demonstrating sleep positions both tense and relaxed.
The 1949 Ford is one of the landmark cars of the 20th century. It was one of the first great automotive designs of the Post World War II era, and is still one of my favorites. Life magazine ran a semi-promotional piece called "The New Ford" in their June 14, 1948 issue that showcased the new model. Here are some other images from what I believe to be the initial photo shoot for the piece. They were taken in March 1948 and credited to William J. Sumits. In addition to the obligatory models, there are some really cool shots juxtaposing the '49 Ford with some vintage Model Ts. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger picture.
Ah, cold breakfast cereal. A little bit of heaven in a bowl, yes? I subscribe to the theory that you're never too old to enjoy a big bowl of cereal. I also believe that all it takes to feel young again is to sit back and watch some vintage cereal commercials, so here we go! Lucky Charms Is it just me, or do kids usually come off as really obnoxious in these ads? Frosted Flakes That's Tony the Tiger as voiced by the legendary Thurl Ravenscroft, of course. Apple Jacks Ah! Can't sleep, giant Apple Head will eat me... Quisp & Quake I think I choose the one who doesn't sound like a really bad Catskills night club act. Cap'n Crunch Ah yes, those villainous Soggies. The last line of defense between this cereal and a shredded mouth. (more…)