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August 17, 2017

Sylvia Plath: Life of the Talented Tragic Poet Through Amazing Photos

Beautiful Sylvia Plath during a beach holiday, three years before she met Ted Hughes, 1953

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Boston, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer.

She was married to fellow poet Ted Hughes from 1956 until they separated in September 1962. They lived together in the United States and then in England and had two children, Frieda and Nicholas.

Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). She committed suicide in 1963.

Since her suicide at age thirty, Sylvia Plath has been celebrated for her impeccable and ruthless poetry.

Take a look to see life of this talented tragic poet through these amazing photos.

Baby Plath, October 13th, 1933

Plath was about nine months old with her parents Otto and Aurelia, July 1933

Plath as a young child, 1934

Sylvia Plath and her brother Warren in Winthrop, Massachusetts, August 1940

Plath sunbathing in the backyard at 26 Elmwood Road, June 1946

22 Vintage Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and '30s

The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted for 13 years during the 1920s and 30s. It is one of most famous—or infamous—times in recent American history. While the intention was to reduce the consumption of alcohol by eliminating businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold it, the plan backfired.

Considered by many as a failed social and political experiment, the era changed the way many Americans viewed alcoholic beverages. It also enhanced the realization that federal government control cannot always take the place of personal responsibility.

We associate the Prohibition era with gangsters, bootleggers, speakeasies, rum-runners, and an overall chaotic situation in respect to the social network of Americans. The period began in 1920 with general acceptance by the public. It ended in 1933 as the result of the public's annoyance with the law and the ever-increasing enforcement nightmare.

Police in New York City pour liquor from a barrel down a sewer during a 1921 raid. (Graphicaartis / Getty Images)

Tears mingle with strong beer in Newark, New Jersey, as prohibition agents destroy the unlawful liquor seized in a Hoboken raid on June 18, 1931. (New York Daily News / Getty Images)

Huge black-and-white posters printed in bold type serve as notice that a Chicago business had been closed by the federal courts for violations of the Volstead Act. (George Rinhart / Getty Images)

A driver tries to ensure his safety with a banner on his vehicle that reads, "I'm not a Bootlegger. Don't shoot, I'll stop," near the Mexico border in 1929. (Ullstein Bild / Getty Images)

The shoe of an alcohol smuggler who had been arrested at the Canadian border is strapped with wooden soles in the form of cattle hooves to camouflage their border crossing, circa 1924. (Ullstein Bild / Getty Images)

Cool Vintage Photos of 14 Odd Science Experiments from the Past

Scientific studies do a pretty good job of answering questions about how the world works. But often, researchers are pursuing things we never thought of as worth pursuing. Here's a collection of 14 cool photos of odd science experiments culled from the amazing LIFE magazine archives.

1. Turn This-a-Way, 1941

(Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt)

A West Point cadet standing atop a turntable gyrates in the opposite direction to the spin of a wheel he's holding during an outdoor analytical mechanics demonstration.

2. Magnetic Personality, 1948

(Photo: Al Fenn./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

A research engineer plays with an electronic tube inside of which usually invisible lines of magnetic force appear as curving lines.

3. Jack Gariss: Turn Off Your Mind, 1972

(Photo: Ralph Crane./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Spiritual teacher and meditation instructor Jack Gariss conducts a group meditation experiment.

4. Fun With Chemicals, 1965

(Photo: Henry Groskinsky/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

NASA scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland study the chemicals that cause the tail of a firefly to light up in 1965.

5. Down Is Up, 1958

(Photo: Grey Villet)

A naval researcher tests the effects on animals of being upside-down for prolonged periods of time.

When Photos Looked Like Paintings: 27 Dreamy Landscape Photographs Taken by Leonard Misonne

Belgian photographer Leonard Misonne (1870-1943) trained as an engineer before discovering photography. Raised in Gilly, Belgium, the photographer traveled throughout his homeland and beyond to capture the landscape and people of Europe in the Pictorialist style. Photographs, characterized by soft, painterly scenes, were created through alternative printing processes that utilize materials such as oil and gum bichromate. The Pictorialist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries sought to elevate photography to the level of other fine arts such as painting and sculpture.

Misonne said, "The sky is the key to the landscape." This philosophy is clear in many of Misonne's images, often filled with billowing clouds, early morning fog, or rays of sunlight. The artist excelled at capturing his subjects in dramatic, directional light, illuminating figures from behind, which resulted in a halo effect. Favoring stormy weather conditions, Misonne often found his subjects navigating the streets under umbrellas or braced against the gusts of a winter blizzard.

Misonne's mastery of the various printing processes that he used is evidenced by the fine balance between what has been photographically captured and what has been manipulated by the artist's hand in each print. To perfect this balance, Misonne created his own process, called mediobrome, combining bromide and oil printing.

The artist's monochromatic prints in both warm and cool tones convey a strong sense of place and time, as well as a sense of nostalgia for his familiar homeland. Whether the subject is a city street or a pastoral landscape, the perfect light carefully captured by Misonne creates a serene and comforting scene reminiscent of a dreamscape.

53 Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Marilyn Monroe Filming 'River of No Return' in 1954

'River of No Return' is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay by Frank Fenton is based on a story by Louis Lantz, who borrowed his premise from the 1948 Italian film The Bicycle Thief. It was made in Technicolor and CinemaScope and released by 20th Century Fox.

Here is a photo collection of Marilyn Monroe filming 'River of No Return' in 1954.


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