My parents have inherited all these incredible vintage, Life magazines. We have at least 400-600 and my parents asked me to sort them all! As a nineteen year old, these magazines are like a time machine into a time period that I never knew. I have been sorting and looking through the magazines for 4 hours probably will be all day (No work today WAHOO!!) talk to me if you guys want, also I’ll probably post even more LIFE pictures they are so incredible! For example we have a perfect December 11, 1941 LIFE magazine that shows a 6 page spread of pearl harbor, these magazines are so incredible! I just found some from 1939!
LIFE photographer Ralph Morse was among scores of journalists who descended on Princeton that day, hoping to find and report on something, anything, that might offer insight into what Einstein’s passing meant to friends, family, peers and strangers around the world. No one but Morse, however, finagled his way into Einstein’s office. No one but Morse came away with a photograph that six decades later serves as a haunting reflection of both the man and his life’s work: a seemingly simple picture of Einstein’s desk, cluttered with notebooks, journals, a pipe, a tobacco tin; behind the desk a blackboard covered with equations and formulas that, to the untrained eye, posses an almost runic power.
After getting a call that April morning from a LIFE editor telling him that Einstein had died, Morse jumped in his car and sped from his house in northern New Jersey to Princeton:
“I headed to the hospital first, but it was chaos — journalists, photographers, onlookers. So I headed over to Einstein’s office [at the Institute for Advanced Study]. On the way, I stopped and bought a case of scotch. I knew people might be reluctant to talk, but that they’re usually happy to accept a bottle of booze, rather than money, in exchange for their help. Anyway, I get to the building, find the superintendent, offer him a fifth of scotch and like that, he opens up the office.”