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Life Magazine 1883-1930's Charles Dana Gibson


Begun in 1883, the original Life magazine provided a glimpse of Society, Literature, Politics and Drama, combined with humor and exceptional illustrations. A reflection of its time the content often appears, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-Irish by today's standards. The two page centerfolds are often prized for their decorative value and framed.. Each issue includes advertisements.

The famous illustrator, Charles Dana Gibson was associated with this magazine from very early in his career until the demise of the magazine in the early 1930s. Life was the very first customer for Gibson's drawings. The more recent Life Magazine published by Time Inc. did not begin publication until 1936. Given the age of these magazines some soil, nicks, tears and spine separation is common. Many have original mailing folds.

September 15, 1892. Click to view cover Cover: The Sunny Side. Centerfold: Amateur Theatricals by Charles Dana Gibson. Soil, stains (Stock number Life091592) $30.00

October 20, 1892. Click to view cover Cover: Les Fiances. Centerfold: Father Knickerbocker by W.A, Rogers - Anti-Tammany Hall illustration. Soil, crease in front cover (Stock number Life102092) $40.00

October 27, 1892. Click to view cover Cover: The New Departure. Centerfold: From a Summer Sketch Book. Some Types One Sees in English Railway Carriages by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life102792) $35.00

January 12, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Preparatory Discipline by Chris H Johnson Centerfold: The Salons of New York at Mrs. Ophelia Barnstohm's by Charles Dana Gibson Some staining on back cover. (Stock number Life011293) $35.00

February 16, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: In Chicago Centerfold: The Love-Saints Holiday by Chris H Johnson. Drawing of Paderewski. . (Stock number Life021693) $35.00

March 2, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Going by Precedent by Charles Dana Gibson Centerfold: Revised March Fourth Comes In Like A Tiger and Goes Out Like An Elephant by Charles Dana Gibson - Political commentary. (Stock number Life030293) $40.00

March 9, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: The Benefits by Charles Dana Gibson Centerfold: It is A Condition, Not a Theory, That Confronts Us by F.T. Richards.- Political Commentary on Pensions. Cover stained. (Stock number Life030993) $35.00

March 16, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: An Unnecessary Warning by Charles Dana Gibson Centerfold: His Everlasting Experiments With Ill-Mated Pairs by Charles Dana Gibson. If There Is To be A Competition for Designs of Stained Glass Windows for St. Patrick's Cathedral Life Would Like to Submit The Above Anti-Irish drawing Click to view. (Stock number Life031693) $55.00

March 23, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Forethought Centerfold: Not A Ghost by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover stained. (Stock number Life032393) $35.00

April 6, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: The Lady and The Tiger by Charles Dana Gibson. Centerfold: On The Wedding Journey by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover stained. (Stock number Life040693) $45.00

April 13, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: A Sign of Intelligence. Centerfold: Social; Pastimes by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover stained. (Stock number Life041393) $40.00

April 27, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Triumph of Love by Charles Dana Gibson. Centerfold: That Little Dinner To The People You Don't Want Your Nice Friends to Meet by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover soiled. (Stock number Life042793) $45.00

May 11, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Not Inclined That Way. Centerfold: To The City of Chicago with Life's Congratulations on The Artistic Consummation of A Great Work by Charles Dana Gibson. Columbian Exposition. Cover stained. (Stock number Life051193) $40.00 SOLD

June 22, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Simplicity by Charles Dana Gibson. Centerfold: An Interesting Question - How Long Will It Be Before The Rats Own The Garden and the Man Gets Out? by B M, Ash. - Anti-immigrant drawing. Click to view. Cover has a tear.(Stock number Life062293) $75.00

June 29, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: In That Particular. Centerfold: A Danger - The Shore is Lined with Wrecks by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life062993) $35.00

July 6, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Fourth of July Number by Chris H Johnson. Centerfold: What We Celebrate by Chip. Satiric history. (Stock number Life070693) $45.00

July 13, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: The Inconsiderate Brother by Charles Dana Gibson. Centerfold: Sketches at the Fair - Some Actors In The Midway Plaisance by Charles Dana Gibson. - Columbian Exposition. Cover soiled. (Stock number Life071393) $55.00

August 31, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: A Conclusion Centerfold: This Is A Hard World by Frank O. Smally. . (Stock number Life083193) $35.00

September 14, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: A High Stepper by Frank O. Smally. .Centerfold. Is This A Case For The S.P.C.A. by Charles Dana Gibson. Anti-Semitic Illustration - Mr. Diamondstein's Hounds At Long Branch. Click to view (Stock number Life091493) $55.00

November 16, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: A Reasoning Mind. Centerfold: The Horse Show. How The Animals Appear From The Boxes by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life111693) $40.00

December 21, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: Wedding Note. Centerfold: The Climax of a Christmas Ghost Story.. (Stock number Life122193) $35.00

December 28, 1893. Click to view cover Cover: To Be Expected. Centerfold: The Hebraization of The American Drama by F.T. Richards. AntiSemitic. Click to view. (Stock number Life122893) $75.00

August 30, 1894. Click to view cover Cover: The Newport Maiden Centerfold: A Prisoner! - How Are The Mighty Fallen by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life083094) $40.00

September 6, 1894. Click to view cover Cover: An Obliging Stranger Centerfold: On The Road To Versailles - A Prima Donna's Debut by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life090694) $40.00

February 7, 1895. Click to view cover Cover: The Man For The Place by RAB Centerfold: A Lovers' Quarrel - Some Mothers Are Good Matchmakers, But- by Charles Dana Gibson. Mark Twain illustrations. (Stock number Life020795) $45.00

February 28, 1895. Click to view cover Cover: He Meant Well by RAB Centerfold: The Rival Operas by F.T. Richards. Queen Victoria illustrations. (Stock number Life022895) $35.00

March 14, 1895. Click to view cover Cover: Her Turn by Hy Mayer Centerfold: Poor Jim by Charles Dana Gibson. Marion Crawford illustrations. (Stock number Life031495) $45.00

May 2, 1895. Click to view cover Cover: The Gentleman is Right Centerfold: A Little Story by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life050295) $40.00

September 22, 1898. Click to view cover Cover: The Perennial Blunder Centerfold: The Education of Mr. Pipp III by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life092298) $45.00

September 29, 1898. Click to view cover Cover: In Forgiving Mood Centerfold: The Education of Mr. Pipp IV by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life092998) $45.00

October 13, 1898. Click to view cover Cover: The Mutual Admiration Company, Ltd. Centerfold: The Education of Mr. Pipp VI by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life101398) $45.00

October 20, 1898. Click to view cover Cover: Not In His Line Centerfold: The Education of Mr. Pipp VII by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life102098) $45.00

November 20, 1902. Click to view cover Cover: Who Owns It, Anyway! Centerfold: Good Americans, When They Die Go To Paris by A. Bayard Jones. (Stock number Life112002) $25.00

January 18, 1906. Click to view cover Cover: Wm. Balfour-Ker Centerfold: The Bookshop Window - From The Inside. . (Stock number Life011806) $25.00

February 24, 1910. Click to view cover Cover: Hers by B. Cory Kilvert Centerfold: Honi Soit by Orson Lowell . (Stock number Life022410) $25.00

January 16, 1913. Click to view cover Cover: The Spirit of Music by A.G. Hull Centerfold: I Beg Your Pardon I Thought My Daughter was Here by ??? Jacobs . (Stock number Life011613) $25.00 SOLD

September 10, 1914 Click to view cover Deep Sea Number Cover: My First Sea Voyage Centerfold: The Angel of The Deep (Wireless) by Broughton. (Stock number Life091014) $35.00

September 30, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: Mary Had A Little Lamb by Victor C. Anderson Centerfold: Seventy Thousand Votes. Will They Be Counted by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life093020) $35.00

October 7, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: The Absent-Minded Stork by Paul Stahl Centerfold: $1000.00 in Prizes for the Best Title to this Picture by Charles Dana Gibson. Some suggested titles written in ink on the page. (Stock number Life100720) $30.00

October 28, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: Congratulations by Charles Dana Gibson - Woman's Suffrage Centerfold: The Deacon Has Been Swapping Again by Victor C. Anderson. Cover soiled. (Stock number Life102820) $35.00 SOLD

November 4, 1920 Click to view cover Thanksgiving Cover: The Pessimist Centerfold: The Conquerors of the Wilderness by Calvert. (Stock number Life110420) $35.00

November 18, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: A Mere Slip of A Girl by Coles Phillips Centerfold: A Small Cloud and the Bolshevik Strike Promoter by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover as a 1.5" tear at right. (Stock number Life111820) $35.00

November 25, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: The Profiteer by E. Stetson Crawford Centerfold: Homebrew by A.B. Frost. Cover soiled. (Stock number Life112520) $35.00

December 9, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: The Young Visitor by B Cory Kilvert - Irish Home Rule Centerfold: Mr. Shrimp Is Called on to Give an Opinion for the First Time in His Married Life by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life120920) $35.00

December 16, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: Is He Coming by Norman Rockwell - Christmas Eve Centerfold: A Real Santa Claus by Victor C. Anderson. (Stock number Life121620) $35.00 SOLD

December 23, 1920 Click to view cover Cover: A Christmas Eve by Coles Phillips Centerfold: Christmas in Many Lands by Rea Irvin. (Stock number Life122320) $35.00

December 30, 1920 Click to view cover New Year's Number Cover: Another Back Number by Rea Irvin Centerfold: New Year's, Another Encore by Charles Dana Gibson (Stock number Life123020) $35.00

January 6, 1921 Click to view cover Lawyers' Number Cover: By Advice of Counsel. I Refuse to answer on the ground that it might incriminate or degrade me. Centerfold: The Spirit of the Law by Angus MacDonall. (Stock number Life010621) $35.00

January 13, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: On The Road to Mandalay Centerfold: The lion of the evening takes his "forty winks" by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life011321) $35.00

January 20, 1921 Click to view cover Blue Sunday Number Cover: O Perfect Day! by M.L. Blumenthal Centerfold: Our Own Little Inquisition - The Reformer Reformed by Rea Irvin. (Stock number Life012021) $35.00

January 27, 1921 Click to view cover Animal Number Cover: Pals by Charles Livingston Bull Centerfold: A Winter's Tail by Anguis MacDonnall. Back cover has paper loss (Stock number Life012721) $35.00

February 3, 1921 Click to view cover Valentine Number Cover: Love Will Find A Way by B Cory Kilvert Centerfold: Henpecked! by Oliver Herford. Back cover has paper loss (Stock number Life020321) $30.00

February 24, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: The Boy Who Obeyed that Impulse by M.L. Blumenthal Centerfold:People We Can Get Along Without III The Handshaking Enthusiast. by Charles Dana Gibson. Ink Comments in margin of centerfold (Stock number Life022421) $35.00

March 10, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: Tmonkey See, Monkey Do Centerfold:People We Can Get Along Without V The Talkative Party Who Like To Look On. by Charles Dana Gibson. Bridge (Stock number Life031021) $35.00

March 31, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: Local Showers by J. R Shaver Centerfold:People We Can Get Along Without VIII The Destroyer of Dreams by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life033121) $35.00

April 7, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: In a Position to Know by Coles Phillips Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without IX The Stout Party Who Rocks and Twists on the Arm of Your Best Chair. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life040721) $35.00

April 14, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: We're Only Young Once by Rea Irvin Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without X The Couple Who Come and Spend the Evening The Day You Move In.. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life041421) $35.00

April 21, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: The Crescent Moon by G. Tenggren Centerfold People We Can Get Along

April 28, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: The Snob by B Cory Kilvert Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XII The Parents Who Believe That Their Child Should Not Be Restrained. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life042821) $35.00 SOLD

May 5, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: Chasing Butterflies by J. R. Shaver Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XIII The Other Thirteen. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life050521) $35.00 SOLD

May 12, 1921 Click to view cover Wives' Number Cover: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety by Rea Irvin Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XIV The Bachelor Uncle Who Advises Against Early Marriages. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life051221) $35.00

May 19, 1921 Click to view cover Husbands' Number Cover: Shipwreck Survivor:-The deuce! Only My Wife by Rea Irvin Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XV The Man Who Predicts Panics To Our Husbands At The Club. by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life051921) $35.00

June 9, 1921 Click to view cover Forbidden Number Cover: Even as You and I by B Cory Kilvern Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XVIII The After Dinner Speaker Whom Doesn't Know How To Stop by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life060921) $35.00

June 23, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: A Sunday In June by Victor C Anderson Centerfold People We Can Get Along Without XIX The Party Who "Hopes He Doesn't Intrude". by Charles Dana Gibson. (Stock number Life062321) $35.00

July 14, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: Out of Luck by Victor C Anderson Centerfold Uncle Peter is going from bad to worse by Angus MacDonall. (Stock number Life071421) $35.00

July 28, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: The Life of the Party by Rob Sickey Centerfold Her Dog by Charles Dana Gibson. Cover Soiled (Stock number Life072821) $35.00 SOLD

August 4, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: For Divers Reasons by Coles Phillips Centerfold A False Alarm by Victor C Anderson. (Stock number Life080421) $35.00

August 11, 1921 Click to view cover Cover: The Day After The Circus by Victor S Anderson Centerfold The Kind of People Humanity Can Get Along Without by Louis Raemaekers. (Stock number Life081121) $45.00

February 26, 1925 Click to view cover Cover: California Number by FGC Centerfold The Traitor by Gluyas Williams. (Stock number Life022625) $45.00


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