History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

20 May, 2013

A Good Book

People reading in a variety of circumstances, through a variety of decades.


© IWM (D 2943)

Men read books from street-side shelves, London, 1941. Source



Thomas McAvoy, LIFE © Time Inc.

A sailor reading a comic book in a gun-lined room aboard the USS Doran, 1942. Source




Nina Leen, LIFE © Time Inc.

A woman reading on a ouch with a Coke, 1952. Source




US National Archives

Men reading aboard the USS Lexington, 1943. Source



Frank Schershel, LIFE © Time Inc.

A little boy reading at school, 1945. Source



Peter Stackpole, LIFE © Time Inc.

Joan Bennett reading to her daughter, 1940. Source



LIFE © Time Inc.

Actor Leslie Howard reading in his home library, England, 1941. Source



© IWM (A 1059)

The captain and officers reading aboard the HMS Westminister, 1940. Source



© IWM (D 18773)

A RAF padre reading aboard a train, UK, 1944. Source



Ralph Morse, LIFE © Time Inc.

Actor Ben Gazzara reading in cardboard furniture designed by Frank Gehry, 1972. Source



Bernard Hoffman, LIFE © Time Inc.

A soldier reading in bed, Fort Bragg, US, 1942. Source



Lisa Larsen, LIFE © Time Inc.

Soviet athlete Vladimir Kue reading in bed, Russia, 1956. Source



LIFE archives © Time Inc.

A young Kaiser Wilhelm II posed with a book and his mother, 1876. Source



State Library of Queensland

A woman reading on a boat on a Queensland beach, Australia, ca. 1925. Source



© IWM (H 1314)

Soldiers reading books and newspapers in a dugout, 1940. Source



State Library of Queensland

A teenage boy reading outside, 1910-1920, Queensland, Australia. Source



Dmitri Kessel, LIFE © Time Inc.

A sailor reading in the ship's library, USS Wisconsin, 1944. Source



Gjon Mili, LIFE © Time Inc.

A man browsing a book stall in Dublin, 1953. Source



Nina Leen, LIFE © Time Inc.

A model (posed) reading while getting her shoes shined, NYC, 1942. Source



© IWM (E 18028)

Tank crews reading books newly acquired from the library truck, North Africa, 1942. Source



© IWM (D 6590)

A woman reading a book in the book section of Selfridge's, London, 1942. Source



LIFE archives © Time Inc.

People reading in TIME's reading room at the Chicago World's Fair, 1933. Source



George Eastman House

Professor Dunn posed reading, ca. 1860. Source



Frank Scherschel, LIFE © Time Inc.

An American solider reading a book inside his makeshift billet, Normandy, France, 1944. Source



George Strock, LIFE © Time Inc.

A soldier reading in his barracks at Fort Dix, New Jersey, 1940. Source



Ralph Morse, LIFE © Time Inc.

A man leaning against a lamppost reading, NYC, 1943. Source


© IWM (TR 1125)

Guy Gibson, wing commander of the Dambusters raid (which just had its 70th anniversary a few days ago), reading amongst the flowers in Lincolnshire, 1943. Source



2 comments:

T. E. Hieatt said...

Very nice collection.

Shay said...

Just a comment: lining the room in the second photograph are shells for the ship's guns.

A great set of photos.

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