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Wish Your Blue Jeans a Happy 142nd Birthday

On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received the first patent for blue jeans

When Frank Sinatra Took a Stand for Civil Rights in Schools

Here’s What a Bachelorette Looked Like in 1950

See Photos of a Young Joan Baez as She Began a Life of Music and Activism

19 Real-Life Ads from the 'Mad Men' Era

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This Is What a 'Perfectly Integrated' School Looked Like in 1970

As many districts lagged in desegregating public schools, LIFE checked in on one school that seemed to have it figured out

See Photos From Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s Wedding Day

Ring In Memorial Day With These 1950s Beach Fashions

Remembering Blues Icon B.B. King

Life Before ‘Having It All’: Portrait of a Working Girl