photography was beginning to replace illustration for
artwork on magazine covers and interiors, but there
was still a balance between the two in most publications.
Life magazine, however, started in 1936 as a
pictorial weekly devoted to the use of photography as
narrative reporting. Its primary aim was to inform through
pictures. Lifes success inspired a number of followers,
including GM Folks. The General Motors company
magazine cover copied Lifes distinctive
style, with its full-page photograph and red border.
The July 6, 1942, issue
of Life included descriptive text explaining
the magazine cover campaign as a salute to the
flag that is the symbol of a nation and of freedom.
One feature documented the arrival in Alaska of casualties
from a troopship at Dutch Harbor bombed by the Japanese
in June, and photographs by William C. Shrout captured
the somber but patriotic mood of Harrodsburg, Kentucky,
where families waited for news of men missing in action
after the Battle of Bataan.