1. A London bus rests in a massive crater left by a German bomb, 1940.
Photo: William Vandivert/Time & Life

    A London bus rests in a massive crater left by a German bomb, 1940.

    Photo: William Vandivert/Time & Life

     
  2. View of the Lower Manhattan skyline as seen from the roof of the Hotel BossertBrooklyn, NY1943 
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE/Getty Images

    View of the Lower Manhattan skyline as seen from the roof of the Hotel Bossert
    Brooklyn, NY
    1943 

    Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE/Getty Images

     
  3. First it was a fire, and now it’s a flood..

    First the upper unit in my building almost caught on fire, causing the hydro to be out for two weeks (it still is by the way. It’s been a massive pain in the ass getting it back on..) Now it’s water damage to my apartment.

    Seems I celebrated too soon about the fire not touching my apartment, because now the carpet in my apartment is ruined, so is my bed (thrown out), and my clothes dresser (also now thrown out), and now I don’t *actually* have a place to live, by which I mean I don’t have my own place in which to sleep. (Nor do I have a bed in which to sleep it seems.)

    All of my things have now been moved upstairs into my Dad’s apartment so my Dad and his friend could start work on ripping out the carpet in my apartment. Luckily my computer and photographs made it through this ordeal as well.

    All of this because someone forgot to turn off a leaky valve on the toilet in my Dad’s bathroom.. 

    I’ve been staying at Jens house since last Monday night (except for Friday, where I stayed at a hotel for one night before my Dad realized it was too expensive.) Amazingly her family hasn’t thrown me out yet. Though I’m pretty sure they aren’t too happy about me eating their food and what not.

    This has been a ridiculous 2 weeks and it’s all because of a fire in the upstairs apartment caused by a candle. A fucking candle. [Details]

    (And now the tenant is asking for his July rent cheque back. I can’t see that happening.)

     
  4. On TV Tonight:
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (PBS - 9PM EST)
Photo: Arthur Schatz/LIFE (June 1967 - New York City)

    On TV Tonight:

    Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (PBS - 9PM EST)

    Photo: Arthur Schatz/LIFE (June 1967 - New York City)

     
  5. Frank Sinatra1965
Photograph by John Dominis/LIFE

    Frank Sinatra
    1965

    Photograph by John Dominis/LIFE

     
  6. liquidnight:

Václav Chochola
Podvečer na křižovatce, 1958
(Dusk at the Crossroad)
From Václav Chochola

    liquidnight:

    Václav Chochola

    Podvečer na křižovatce, 1958

    (Dusk at the Crossroad)

    From Václav Chochola

     
  7. liquidnight:

Vivian Maier
[via Hi-Fructose]

Love Vivian Maier’s work. Check it out.

    liquidnight:

    Vivian Maier

    [via Hi-Fructose]

    Love Vivian Maier’s work. Check it out.

     
  8. Chicago Detectives Forcing their Way in the Door of Suspicious RoomChicago1957
Photograph by Gordon Parks/LIFE 

    Chicago Detectives Forcing their Way in the Door of Suspicious Room
    Chicago
    1957

    Photograph by Gordon Parks/LIFE 

     
  9. Explosion Following Hit on the USS Franklin by Japanese Dive BomberMarch 19, 1945
Photo: U.S. Navy (via LIFE) 

    Explosion Following Hit on the USS Franklin by Japanese Dive Bomber
    March 19, 1945

    Photo: U.S. Navy (via LIFE

     
  10. The bitter brutality of the Battle of Iwo Jima is brought home in W. Eugene Smith’s 1945 photo of Marines taking cover as explosives obliterate a Japanese bunker — one of the most violent pictures ever to make the cover of LIFE. Composed as if by a master painter (Hieronymus Bosch comes to mind), Smith’s picture perfectly encompasses the apocalyptic destruction inherent in modern warfare. It is also implausibly, unsettlingly beautiful.
Photo: W. Eugine Smith/LIFE
LIFE’s 75 Best Photos

    The bitter brutality of the Battle of Iwo Jima is brought home in W. Eugene Smith’s 1945 photo of Marines taking cover as explosives obliterate a Japanese bunker — one of the most violent pictures ever to make the cover of LIFE. Composed as if by a master painter (Hieronymus Bosch comes to mind), Smith’s picture perfectly encompasses the apocalyptic destruction inherent in modern warfare. It is also implausibly, unsettlingly beautiful.

    Photo: W. Eugine Smith/LIFE

    LIFE’s 75 Best Photos

     
  11. At a League of Nations conference in 1933, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels remains seated while speaking to his interpreter. German-born Alfred Eisenstaedt, later one of the founding photographers of LIFE, recalled that Goebbels smiled at him until he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish — a moment Eisenstaedt captured in this photo. Suddenly, “he looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither,” the photographer recalled. “But I didn’t wither.” Not only didn’t he wither, he managed to take perhaps the most chilling portrait of pure evil to run in LIFE’s pages.
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE
See more of LIFE’s best photos

    At a League of Nations conference in 1933, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels remains seated while speaking to his interpreter. German-born Alfred Eisenstaedt, later one of the founding photographers of LIFE, recalled that Goebbels smiled at him until he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish — a moment Eisenstaedt captured in this photo. Suddenly, “he looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither,” the photographer recalled. “But I didn’t wither.” Not only didn’t he wither, he managed to take perhaps the most chilling portrait of pure evil to run in LIFE’s pages.

    Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE

    See more of LIFE’s best photos

     
  12. timelightbox:

For his 1948 feature “Country Doctor” — republished here, in its entirety, for the first time online, with all of the photos — LIFE magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in Kremmling, Colorado, shadowing general practitioner Ernest Ceriani. See more here. 

    timelightbox:

    For his 1948 feature “Country Doctor” — republished here, in its entirety, for the first time online, with all of the photos — LIFE magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in Kremmling, Colorado, shadowing general practitioner Ernest Ceriani. See more here

     
  13. New York CityNovember 12, 1953

Downtown New York dimly seen through smog mist hovering over the river where the Yamashita Line ship is coasting towards the bridge.

Photograph: Eliot Elisofon/LIFE Magazine

    New York City
    November 12, 1953

    Downtown New York dimly seen through smog mist hovering over the river where the Yamashita Line ship is coasting towards the bridge.

    Photograph: Eliot Elisofon/LIFE Magazine

    (Source: images.google.com)

     
  14. Man working atop a 32 foot high replica of the Empire State BuildingNew York City1939
Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White 
This is actually an image of the Consolidated Edison’s diorama of New York City at the 1939 NY World’s Fair called “City of Light”. The diorama in total - a minature model of New York City complete with lights, moving subways, and working mini-elevators - cost $150,000 in total at the time.
This image was originally printed in the March 13, 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine. The issue has an overall shot of the exhibit. (Which can also be found here)
Here is an advertisement for the exhibit. More photos of it can be found here.

    Man working atop a 32 foot high replica of the Empire State Building
    New York City
    1939

    Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White 

    This is actually an image of the Consolidated Edison’s diorama of New York City at the 1939 NY World’s Fair called “City of Light”. The diorama in total - a minature model of New York City complete with lights, moving subways, and working mini-elevators - cost $150,000 in total at the time.

    This image was originally printed in the March 13, 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine. The issue has an overall shot of the exhibit. (Which can also be found here)

    Here is an advertisement for the exhibit. More photos of it can be found here.

     
  15. The Yangtse river passing through the Wushan, or “Magic Mountain”, Gorge in Szechwan Province.ChinaMarch 1946
Photograph by Dmitri Kessel/LIFE
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    The Yangtse river passing through the Wushan, or “Magic Mountain”, Gorge in Szechwan Province.
    China
    March 1946

    Photograph by Dmitri Kessel/LIFE

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