23 memorable images from Life Magazine

When you think of stunning imagery of the past, Life Magazine is usually one of the first thoughts that pops into most people's minds. The publication first emerged on the market as a weekly report focusing on humorous reviews of worldly events. Unfortunately, that version of Life folded.

On November 23rd, 1936 Life was relaunched as the treasured picturesque magazine we know and love today. During its heyday the publication was full of images from the top photographers of their time. Many of the photos that graced their pages have stood the test of time and are easily recognized to this day. In 1972 the beloved publication closed its doors but remains online in an archive and for publication use.

This curation of images was compiled by Getty Images. While there are far more than 23 memorable images from Life, those featured below do a great job of showcasing the plethora of topics covered in its 36 years as a weekly publication. The magazine was brought back as a monthly publication in 1978, only to be pulled again in 2000. Finally, In 2004 Life was resurrected once more as a newspaper supplement.

WARNING- the gallery below contains images or war and death that may be disturbing to some

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23 incredible images from Life Magazine
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23 incredible images from Life Magazine
The cover of Life magazine features a photograph of the Fort Peck Dam over the Missouri River, Montana, November 23, 1936. The was the magazine's first issue. (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images)
FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 1964: (L-R) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon & Ringo Starr of the Beatles, taking a dip in a swimming pool . (Photo by John Loengard/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy & his bride Jacqueline (nee Bouvier) enjoying dinner at their outdoor wedding celebration. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - CIRCA 1965: Leopard about to kill a terrified baboon. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Young boy dressed in shorts walks along a dirt road lined with the corpses of hundreds of prisoners who died at the Bergen-Belsen extermination camp, near the towns of Bergen and Celle, Germany, April 20, 1945. Please note that this image was edited to obscure nudity. (Photo by George Rodger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 1951: Photographer Dennis Stock holding camera to his face in such a way that the lens and viewfinder appear to be his eyes. (Photo by Andreas Feininger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - JULY 1960: US trackmen taking hurdles at Olympic tryouts. (Photo by George Silk/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Rebel leader Fidel Castro (C) being cheered by a village crowd on his victorious march to Havana. (Photo by Grey Villet/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Bright full moon over darkened New York City skyline during massive East Coast blackout affecting 80,000 square miles. (Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Univ. of Pittsburgh students cheering wildly from atop Cathedral of Learning on school's campus as they look down on Forbes Field where the Pittsburgh Pirates are winning their first World Series in 35 yrs. against the NY Yankees. (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Horse-drawn caisson bearing flag-draped casket of John F, Kennedy leads funeral cortege and is followed by riderless horse, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Country Dr. Ernest Ceriani in a dazed state of exhaustion, having a cup of coffee in the hospital kitchen at 2 a.m. after performing a cesarean section where the baby & the mother died due to complications. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
US swimmer Mark Spitz training for 1972 Munich Olympics. (Photo by Co Rentmeester/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy conferring w. his brother & campaign organizer Bobby Kennedy in hotel suite as they are silhouetted by the sunlight coming through the drawn window drapes . (Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur (C), Gen. Richard Sutherland (L) & Col. Lloyd Lehrbas (2L) wading ashore during American landings at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. (Photo by Carl Mydans/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Commuters reading of John F. Kennedy's assassination, 22nd November 1963. (Photo by Carl Mydans/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - JUNE 05: Senator Robert Kennedy sprawled semiconscious in his own blood on floor after being shot in the brain & neck while busboy Juan Romero tries to comfort him, in kitchen at hotel. NOTE: PRINT DAMAGED IN CIRCULATION PRIOR TO 2/10/1998. (Photo by Bill Eppridge/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Gruesome severed head of a napalmed Japanese soldier propped up below gun turret of a disabled Japanese tank. (Photo by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 1959: Space suit clad Project Mercury astronaut John Glenn. (Photo by Ralph Morse/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Navy CPO Graham Jackson with tears of grief streaming down his cheeks as he plays 'Goin' Home' on the accordion while Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt's body is carried from the Warm Springs Foundation where he died suddenly on April 12, of a stroke. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: African American cleaning woman Ella Watson standing with broom & mop in front of American flag, reinterpretation of Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' painting by photographer Gordon Parks as part of Depression era survey for Far
Yankee Mickey Mantle flinging his batting helmet away in disgust during bad day at bat. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
VIETNAM - CIRCA 1966: Wounded Jeremiah Purdie (C) being led past stricken comrades during the fierce firefight for control of Hill 484 just south of the DMZ during the Vietnam War. (Photo by Larry Burrows/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Sources: History.com & CNBC

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