November 23, 1936 the first issue of LIFE magazine was published. (Note that the price was 10 cents) The founder, Henry Luce wanted to provide Americans with a venue that would show them the world - so that they would see and be amazed.
And we were amazed! LIFE captured very personal images (and public ones) and shared them with people who were thousands of miles away.
In 1944, LIFE sent photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt to Hickory, NC to take pictures of our polio epidemic.
In a local antique store, I found the issue of LIFE that featured the Miracle of Hickory polio hospital and then I ordered another from ebay so I could make this display.
Obviously you can't see the images well on this pic so view those photos here. Be sure to click on each image to get a larger view. There really are some amazing photos which reveal the nature of the emergency hospital.