Pop Culture's First Viral Pet: Tommy Tucker the Squirrel

August 23, 2015

I discovered these photographs while looking through LIFE magazine archives, and was struck by how bizarre they are, but more fascinating is how they seem to forecast pop culture's fascination with animals being cute in human ways. In the early 1940s, LIFE reported on a story whereby a woman had adopted an orphaned baby squirrel

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Archives: American Girl by Ruth Orkin

September 06, 2013

Ruth Orkin has become most famous for her photograph American Girl in Italy (the first in the American Girl series). The unstaged photo depicts Orkin's young room mate, Jinx Allen walking down the street in Florence. The photo has come to stand as a symbol for the way in which women experience public space.

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STYLE ICON: Nico

May 11, 2013

Born into Nazi Germany in 1938, Christa Päffgen's early life was riddled with chaos. Her father died during WWII and at 13, Christa left school to begin working in downtown Berlin as a seamstress, and later in an upscale lingerie shop. When she was 15, Christa was 'discovered' by Herbert Tobias, an established photographer, while working at a fashion show.

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STYLE ICON: Lauren Hutton

April 22, 2013

In her heyday Hutton was known as the "fresh American face of fashion", and today, nearing 70 years old, continues to stand as a beacon of raw beauty, sophistication, and joie de vivre. 

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Canadian Pacific Hotels: Enduring National Landmarks

April 20, 2013

A major chapter in the evolution of modern day Canada is the building of our transnational railway. Along with this new network to connect the nation, a series of luxury hotels were opened by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to motivate and accommodate vacationing. 

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