LIFE was a famous American magazine developed by Henry Luce (publisher of Time) and produced from 1936 through 2007. It proved unusually popular demonstrating pictures could tell stories just as well as words. The focus was the pictures with the captions and words being secondary. The magazine became immensely popular almost from its inception, but was undercut by television and steadily lost readers after 1960.
LIFE magazine helped to bring many inspirational stories to the forefront. The coverage of the killings of Jim Elliott and four other missionaries in 1956 brought their story to mainstream America and created a resurgence in the overseas missionary movement.
- Brinkley, Alan. The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (2010)
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