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"From the April 23, 1945 feature on the new plastic with "memory" - "Plexiglas canopy forms a transparent oxygen "tent" in hospital bed. Oxygen is fed from metal tank through back of tent" - LIFE magazine. (Andreas Feininger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE" by life

"From the April 23, 1945 feature on the new plastic with "memory" - "Plexiglas canopy forms a transparent oxygen "tent" in hospital bed. Oxygen is fed from metal tank through back of tent" - LIFE magazine. (Andreas Feininger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE" by life

This photograph shows General Robert E. Lee. The picture was taken by Mathew Brady, shortly after Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Lee is wearing his confederate uniform. At the time the photograph was taken, it was unclear what punishment might be given to Lee for his pivotal role in the Civil War.

This photograph shows General Robert E. Lee. The picture was taken by Mathew Brady, shortly after Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Lee is wearing his confederate uniform. At the time the photograph was taken, it was unclear what punishment might be given to Lee for his pivotal role in the Civil War.

between 1950 and 1960 Polio killed 12,187 American children and left countless others living in the dreaded iron lung, or with lifelong paralysis.

between 1950 and 1960 Polio killed 12,187 American children and left countless others living in the dreaded iron lung, or with lifelong paralysis.

A grim reminder of bygone times is captured in this photo of an iron lung donated by the Kiwanis Club to the Alamance County community in the late 1940s. A polio epidemic sent many from our area into wheelchairs or an iron lung like the one shown here.

A grim reminder of bygone times is captured in this photo of an iron lung donated by the Kiwanis Club to the Alamance County community in the late 1940s. A polio epidemic sent many from our area into wheelchairs or an iron lung like the one shown here.

Above we show a vital photo of Atlanta, Georgia  General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7.  These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864.

Above we show a vital photo of Atlanta, Georgia General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864.

Who had growing from the center of her back, between the shoulders, a veritable mane of long black hair, which doubtless proceeded from a form of Naevus Pilosus, Circa 1896

Who had growing from the center of her back, between the shoulders, a veritable mane of long black hair, which doubtless proceeded from a form of Naevus Pilosus, Circa 1896

This photograph, taken in 1949, shows an 8-year-old boy with polio wearing the newly introduced one-pound portable "Monaghan" iron lung arou...

This photograph, taken in 1949, shows an 8-year-old boy with polio wearing the newly introduced one-pound portable "Monaghan" iron lung arou...

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