13 Amazing Photographs of Revolutionary Veterans Who Lived Long Enough to Have Their Pictures Taken

Images of Americans who fought in the Revolution are exceptionally rare because few of the Patriots of 1775-’83 lived until the dawn of practical photography in the early 1840s; far fewer were daguerreotyped; many, probably most, of such daguerreotypes never carried identification; and finally, the ravages of time have claimed the vast majority of portraitsContinue reading “13 Amazing Photographs of Revolutionary Veterans Who Lived Long Enough to Have Their Pictures Taken”

The Models for ‘American Gothic’, 1940s

On show with the late Grant Wood’s American Gothic, one of the most famed U.S. paintings of its generation, went the models who posed for it, Nan Wood Graham, the painter’s sister, wife of an oil-station operator, and Dr. B. H. McKeeby, a dentist. American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collectionContinue reading “The Models for ‘American Gothic’, 1940s”

A German WWII Prisoner Is Reunited With His Daughter for the First Time Since She Was 1 Year Old, 1956

Helmuth Pirath, the winner of World Press Photo in 1956 captured the most touching moment when a German WWII prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, reunited with his daughter who had not seen her father since she was one year old. This man was one of the last prisoners of war to be released byContinue reading “A German WWII Prisoner Is Reunited With His Daughter for the First Time Since She Was 1 Year Old, 1956”

These Amazing Self-Portraits by Joseph Byron May Be the First Selfies Ever Made

Selfies are a 21st-century thing, right? Well, they certainly got popular in the 2000s, but the first selfies were taken way back. Before it was cool. Photographer Joseph Byron may be responsible for the first selfies ever taken, both individual and group. One picture, conveniently titled “self portrait,” was taken in 1909, reportedly on theContinue reading “These Amazing Self-Portraits by Joseph Byron May Be the First Selfies Ever Made”

Wonderful Behind the Scenes Photos of Janis Joplin During the Photoshoot for Pearl’s Album Cover in California, 1970

Janis Joplin wasn’t around when her second solo album, Pearl, was issued in January 1971. She wasn’t around a few weeks later when it shot to No. 1, either. The singer had died of a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970, while recording the sessions that would make up Pearl. That unfortunate turn of eventsContinue reading “Wonderful Behind the Scenes Photos of Janis Joplin During the Photoshoot for Pearl’s Album Cover in California, 1970”

Amazing Color Photographs of America’s Hippie Communes From the 1970s

Their hair and dress, their pioneer spirit, even their Indian teepees evoke the nation’s frontier beginnings. These young people are members of a commune, which they have created for themselves as a new and radical way of living. Scores of these communes are springing up all across the U.S. In the wilderness areas of theContinue reading “Amazing Color Photographs of America’s Hippie Communes From the 1970s”

18 Harrowing Photographs of Heroin Addicts in New York in the 1960s

In February 1965, LIFE magazine published an extraordinary photo essay on two New York City heroin addicts, John and Karen. Photographed by Bill Eppridge, the pictures — and the accompanying article, reported and written by LIFE associate editor James Mills — were part of a two-part series on narcotics in the United States. A sensitive,Continue reading “18 Harrowing Photographs of Heroin Addicts in New York in the 1960s”

16 Vintage Photos of a Young Eva Perón Before Becoming the First Lady of Argentina

María Eva Duarte de Perón; née María Eva Duarte; (7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952), better known as just Eva Perón or by the nickname Evita was an Argentine actress, politician, activist, and philanthropist who served as First Lady of Argentina from June 1946 until her death in July 1952, as the wife ofContinue reading “16 Vintage Photos of a Young Eva Perón Before Becoming the First Lady of Argentina”

Conrad Heyer, Born 1749, Was the Earliest-Born American To Ever Be Photographed

Born in 1749, New Englander Conrad Heyer was a veteran of the American Revolution. He was there in Trenton during the terrible winter of 1776 and crossed the Delaware River with General George Washington and his rag-tag Continental Army. In fact, the Maine Historical Society believes him to be the earliest born human ever photographed.Continue reading “Conrad Heyer, Born 1749, Was the Earliest-Born American To Ever Be Photographed”