Oct 20, 2009

The Good 'Ole Days

Procrastinators beware: the entire archive of LIFE Magazine is now avaliable for free online. While this feat of human engineering threatens to waste millions of productive work hours, we were able to salvage a priceless quote from December 14, 1942 that reads like a John Kennedy Toole novel:

The American people are generous in their admiration of Russia. And most Americans also recognize that if it had not been for Russia our war would be a lot worse. As Ellis Farrar, a Negro shoe-dyer of Chicago, said last week, "They're saving us a hell of a lot of men."

Other highlights include a rare photo of Stalin before -- and after -- the Kremlin's re-touching team worked their magic, as well as Khrushchev’s “cornball” tear across America.

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