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

28 November, 2013

Strange Photos from the LIFE Archives

In all the poking through the online archives of LIFE magazine that I've done for this blog, I sometimes come across photos that are just plain weird. Sometimes they make more sense with the caption; sometimes they make less. 

Francis Miller, LIFE © Time Inc.

 A man carrying a giant pickle to the top of a radio tower. Of course. 1949. Source

Wallace Kirkland, LIFE © Time Inc.

The winners of a Chiropractic Beauty Contest, with their winning x-rays, 1956.  Source

Peter Stackpole, LIFE © Time Inc.

A raven smoking a pipe, 1939. Source

Peter Stackpole, LIFE © Time Inc. 

And a raven looking up a phone number for another raven, who dials it. 1939. Source

Gjon Mili, LIFE © Time Inc.

A group of artists and musicians wearing what are captioned as "masks" in the home of sculptor Alexander Calder, 1959. Source

George Silk, LIFE © Time Inc.

A radio personality interviewing a moose (and his trainer), 1948. Source

Sam Shere, LIFE © Time Inc.

The caption is "zany radio performer testing the spaghetti trick." Well that explains it. 1946.  Source

Peter Stackpole, LIFE © Time Inc.

A porcupine and squirrel wearing leashes, 1939. Source

Lynn Pelham, LIFE © Time Inc.

An upside-down house, 1960. Source

Marie Hansen, LIFE © Time Inc.

A birthday cake for a dog attending the "dog fashion show." 1946. Source

Andreas Feininger, LIFE © Time Inc.  

Demonstration of the strength of plastic sheeting, 1954. Source

Margaret Bourke-White, LIFE © Time Inc.

Speaking of wrapping things in plastic... (American Museum of Natural History, 1938.) Source

Ralph Crane, LIFE © Time Inc.

Captioned simply, "Seattle World's Fair." 1962. Source

1 comment:

Ana said...

These put a smile on my face - thank you ^_^ !

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