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After the first issue of LIFE was released almost exactly 80 years ago, in November of 1936, the magazine quickly established itself as the home of iconic photography. Founder Henry Luce had promised as much in the prospectus for the magazine:
Over the course of the following decades, LIFE photographers pursued that mission to all corners of the Earth, producing images that stand the test of time. Whether capturing the joy on the faces of children at a puppet show (as Alfred Eisenstaedt did in 1963) or a grand monument of iron (as Dmitri Kessel did in 1948), they saw the world in a special way, and allowed others to do the same.
A selection of those revelatory photographs is available for purchase at the TIME Shop. Each print comes with the story behind the photograph and a certificate of authenticity.
Go to the TIME Shop for an opportunity to own a piece of LIFE.