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Floyd Davis’s portrait of Bob Hope entertaining U.S. troops during a World War II U.S.O. tour. The emotional realism—especially in the soldiers’ laughing faces—is striking.

In 1943, Life magazine named him America’s number one illustrator. But today, his name and story are obscure at best.

Save for Norman Rockwell, Floyd Davis was arguably the most prolific and successful magazine and commercial artist of the twentieth century. A look back at his career is proof enough. 

When birding in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, look for indigo bunting in low-lying brush.

We pass a flock of wild turkeys as we wind through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. A tom turkey struts, and his tail feathers fan into a showy half circle of fall color. 

London's Illustrated Police News is an example of a true crime tabloid newspaper.

From heroic bandits and highwaymen to methodically brutal killers, these stories are as irresistible as they are terrifying. They appeal to a species of curiosity, a natural human appetite for macabre titillation. 

Red Cross volunteer Terry Lewis talks with an evacuee at the Red Cross shelter in Bound Brook, N.J., after the area was struck by a powerful storm.

How do you define success in retirement—being wealthy or being generous? According to a study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a research and communications firm specializing in aging, 85% of respondents believe that generosity is the benchmark of a successful retirement. 

Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

Most people know her as a gorgeous movie legend. 

Hedy Lamarr had an unforgettable on-screen presence to anyone who saw her films. She stood five feet, seven inches tall, with an elegant, model’s figure and a face as beautiful for its symmetry as it was for its sultry expression.

June 12, 1969: The Corps of Engineers Buffalo District dewatered the American Falls to study erosion and the talus slope.

Tightrope artists have walked across it. Daredevils have plunged over it, usually but not always in a barrel. Artists have painted it. And millions of tourists have flocked to upstate New York and Ontario, Canada, to gaze at the awesome beauty of Niagara Falls. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt giving a speech for the nomination of Alfred Smith at the 1924 Democratic National Convention. This was a contested convention, and, after 130 ballots, the party chose not Smith but John W. Davis.

By the way things are shaping up, the ongoing presidential race looks like it could be one for the books. 

For roughly a year, the Republicans and Democrats have whittled away at their respective stables of contenders; the Republicans having started out with close to a dozen presidential hopefuls. 

Portrait of Wilhelm Richard Wagner, made in Paris in 1861.

Judging by his portraits, Richard Wagner looked more like a stern military man than he did a composer. And perhaps this is an apt comparison considering the force and drama that defined his music.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1813, Wilhelm Richard Wagner was weaned on the arts. 

 Use the Oak Bottle to give your favorite beverage an aged flavor.

If you’re a bourbon lover and want to taste the best of the best, prepare yourself. A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight bourbon will set you back between $2,600 and $15,000. A bottle of A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16-year-old straight bourbon is a comparative bargain, selling for between $2,000 and $6,000 per bottle.