TIME health

What Longevity Looked Like in the 1950s

These men were the role models for vintage vigor

The question of how to live a long life is not a new one — and, as TIME explores in the new issue, the answer is constantly evolving.

When the magazine took a look at longevity in 1958, the story (featuring coverboy Amos Alonzo Stagg, a 96-year-old football coach) investigated the latest medical news of the decade, the changing demographics of the nation and the wisdom those extraordinary people had to offer the rest of us young’uns. While the science wasn’t as clear as it is today, there was no shortage of role models. A four-page photo essay shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt featured some of the nation’s most notable elderly men; nine of them are featured here, with the original captions, including their ages at the time.

Read the full 1958 longevity issue here, in the TIME Vault: Growing Old Usefully

Read the new longevity issue here, on Time.com: The New Age of Much Older Age

TIME White House

See the Evolution of Michelle Obama in Magazine Covers

From fashion icon as a Vogue cover girl to power symbol on the cover of Ebony, the First Lady has graced the cover of more than 15 American magazines

TIME movies

See the Most Memorable On-Screen Couples

From The Princess Bride to I Love Lucy, take a look at some of the best couples to grace the big and small screens


Six Feet Under: Buried in Snow in Boston

More than two feet of snow covered parts of New England on Monday in the region's third snow storm in one month, crippling Boston's transit system

TIME China

See Amazing Chinese Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Action

Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer captures an eagle hunting festival in the mountains of northwestern China.

The eagle hunting festival, held in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China, was organized by the local hunting community in an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations. The training and handling of the large birds of prey follows a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters hope to preserve for future generations.

TIME portfolio

The Best Pictures of the Week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 6

From New York’s deadly train crash and night surfing in the Mediterranean sea to China’s traditional eagle hunters and a Fifty Shades of Grey inspired “Fifty Shades of Cake” exhibition in England, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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