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life  Incredible stories and treasured photographs from the LIFE archive.


From the Nov. 19, 1945 cover story "BIG BAGS AND BELTS—The Phelpses use handicraft skill to build satisfying small business." According to LIFE, "The current revival of the big overshoulder bag and the big leather belt was started by a New York City couple named Phelps who may also be starting something new in U.S. small business. Because he liked to do handicraft work, William Phelps used to make leather belts for his wife, Elizabeth. Today the Phelpses are in business, making huge pouches, big belts and purse belts." The image pictured here features the Parachute bag, the biggest seller in the Phelps line (made of crushable shoe-calf leather). (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #fashionfriday #1940sfashion #NinaLeen

"These three angora goats were photographed in Rockspring, Texas, in 1942. I liked the silky texture of their coats and moved in for a close-up. One turned to nudge his neighbor, and at that moment I shot the picture." (📷Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #goatsofinstagram

A man works atop a 32 foot tall replica of the Empire State Building in what was billed as the world's largest diorama, the Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) City of Lights exhibition at the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York, 1939. The exhibit featured working building lights, elevators, and subways, and was a full city block long. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #1930s #NewYork #TBT

American artist and LIFE legend Georgia O'Keeffe was born 130 years ago today in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Nov. 15, 1887. She is pictured here at her home, Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiú, New Mexico with her 2 Chow Chows in 1966. (John Loengard—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #wildLIFEwednesday #dogsofinstagram #GeorgiaOkeeffe

LIFE legend Veronica Lake was born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman 95 years ago today on Nov. 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY. In the May 17, 1943 issue, LIFE ran a story about how she became "Hollywood's Cyclops Cinderella." This image ran in the story with the following caption: "A one-eyed hair-do, Miss. Lake confesses, is better suited to sheep dogs than to working girls. She seldom wore it off location, and has given it up for the duration by request of the War Manpower Commission. The Commission feared that would-be Veronica Lakes in war plants would endanger themselves by working half-blind near machinery." (Bob Landry—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #VeronicaLake

70 years ago this week, from the Nov. 17, 1947 issue - "ORPHANS CLOTHED: They get gifts from friends and help for their friends abroad." According to LIFE, "Irene Guttman and Charles Karo are 8-year-old orthodox Jews orphaned during World War II...Irene and Charles are being well cared for by an organization of 45 Jewish women in the U.S. who call themselves Busy Buddies, Inc. The Busy Buddies raise money in the U.S. to support 100 children of Jewish faith in two French orphanages. Irene and Charles are pictured here sightseeing in New York in new clothes. (Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #WWII #1940s

An outtake from the Sept. 8, 1947 feature: "THE GRAND CANYON—Its matchless is also a history book of the earth." A similar image ran in the story with the following caption: "Havasu Falls, at the canyon's western end, are in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, which can be reached only by a 14-mile horseback trip from the South Rim. The Indian name, Havasupai means "people of the blue-green water," derived from the brilliant color of the lime-impregnated water of Havasu Creek."(Frank Scherschel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #NationalParks #GrandCanyon #havasufalls

Happy #VeteransDay! Pictured here is Elvis Presley in uniform on his last day of serving in the US Army, March 1960. Elvis was drafted into the Army in March 1958 and served in Germany. (Lee Lockwood—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #ElvisPresley #VeteransDay

An outtake from the Mar. 24, 1958 fashion feature: "FAST BREAKING PLAIDS, CHECKS—Race track patterns are spring's bold way of wearing conservative colors." According to LIFE, "Even before the spring opening bugle has sounded at many tracks across the country, race track plaids and checks are off to a fast start and running well. In a season where clear bright colors predominate, the one new way of wearing conservative black, brown and navy is by combining them with white in oversize checks and plaids. These bold patterns, which are usually confined to country sports clothes, are now turning up in city wear, and have even been used in cocktail dresses." This photo was taken at Roosevelt Raceway in New York. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #fashionfriday #1950sfashion #NinaLeen

Inventor, actress and LIFE legend Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was born 103 years ago today, Nov. 9, 1914 in Vienna. Lamarr’s beauty made it difficult to get much recognition for her brains. Along with the composer George Antheil, she invented and patented a frequency-hopping technology that allowed missiles to go undetected. Though not implemented in time for use during WWII, it did play a role in the Cold War, even contributing to the deescalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She is pictured here in 1938 taken by one of the 4 original LIFE photographers, Alfred Eisenstaedt. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #HedyLamarr #TBT

From the April 29, 1946 SPEAKING OF PICTURES feature - "...INDIANA GLAMOUR LAMBS JUST MISS MOVIE STARDOM." According to LIFE, the lambs in the feature (all 10 of them) almost became the most famous lambs in the world when they were bought by Walt Disney for roles in an upcoming film. Disney ended up using lambs closer to the studio and the lambs were given to the Mead family - "Last week in Brown County the fleecy animals cavorted gaily, indifferent to the fact that their great screen careers had died a-borning." Pictured here is Midnight - who is a "smart and loyal" lamb to the Mead family. (Wallace Kirkland—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #wildLIFEwednsday #glamourlambs #lambsofinstagram

LIFE legend Steve McQueen died 37 years ago today on Nov. 7, 1980. He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana on March 24, 1930 and was known as ""The King of Cool." He's pictured here with his first wife Neile Adams at their home in California in 1963. (John Dominis—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #SteveMcQueen

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