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Ten moments when Time stood still.

Posted in Relationships, Style & Travel, and Things We Love

Released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., as he returns home from the Vietnam War, March 17, 1973.  In the lead is Stirm's daughter Lori, 15; followed by son Robert, 14; daughter Cynthia, 11; wife Loretta and son Roger, 12.  (AP Photo/Sal Veder)
Released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., as he returns home from the Vietnam War, March 17, 1973. 

As I kid I would go and sit in the CNA – our biggest bookstore in the 70s, and look at all the pictures in the Time Magazine. We had all manner of censorship in South Africa – but somehow Time made it through. And on it’s pages, I got to see and learn things that we could only dream of in our sleepy suburbs.

A grandmother cools off in a wading pool beside an open fire hydrant beneath the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, New York, Summer 1993.
A grandmother cools off in a wading pool beside an open fire hydrant beneath the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, New York, Summer 1993.

Online publishing has changed the slow leafing through those of beautifully printed pages – where the magazine knew to let the images do the talking. Now we can flick through them in seconds online – not lingering because we are tempted by other photo essays on offer.

A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver
A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver

The experience may have changed – but the need to smile hasn’t. And all of these pictures depict moments of simple joy and connection. They made our week. We hope they add to yours.

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(Thanks to Time & Life for bringing the joy. Find more timeless images here.)

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6 Comments

  1. The pictures presented here are so beautiful. Some of them stun with the most beautiful expression of humanity. How gorgeous it is to watch people who are simply giving themselves to life, to joy, to feeling. It is greatly inspiring to see people being wholehearted in the moments of their lives: genuinely ecstatic seeing a boyfriend coming back from the mission, genuinely in owe watching jellyfish, genuinely celebrating freedom and victory. Nothing edited out, nothing suppressed. Beautiful! Thank you for posting.

    December 5, 2013
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  2. I love the Lindy Hop photo. They look so excited, like they’re having tons of fun 🙂

    July 5, 2013
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  3. Mandy Waddington
    Mandy Waddington

    When I was attacked, time stood still, and for 3.5 hours, it felt like I was living in a vacuum, and I came to know what it felt like to surrender all control, and live moment by moment, minute by minute…with no expectation. I thank God every day for teaching me this blessing…

    June 28, 2013
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  4. I used to love LIFE magazine when I was a kid – primarily for the pics.

    June 28, 2013
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