LIFE’s worst covers (featuring a rooster!)

18 Nov

Poultry in the news! Well, this was in the news a while ago… 74 years ago, to be exact.

That's one great lookin' rooster.LIFE magazine (which has a great website, by the way) recently published a gallery of the 20 worst covers in their 75-year history. This handsome fellow was featured with the following caption:

In LIFE’s 75 years, this is the only cover not to feature the distinctive logo in the upper left corner. Not surprising: If your cover story was as newsy, sexy, and controversial as “White Leghorn Rooster,” you’d hide your logo, too.

I can only imagine what wondrous content was included in the accompanying article. What was happening in the world of the white leghorn rooster in 1937? Will we ever know?

You can check out the rest of the questionable covers; if you’re really interested, you can also browse their 75 favourite covers.

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3 Responses to “LIFE’s worst covers (featuring a rooster!)”

  1. Julie November 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Great post – i’ve found the cover of the day I was born – i feel v old as the coverline was “Are we allowing too many black kids in our schools?” Yikes.

    • literatechicken November 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Ha! That’s… actually a little scary 🙂

      In some kind of Twilight foreshadowing, my birth month featured the coverline “An epidemic of Draculas”. Also “Lingerie to show off in public”. Mmm, sexy.

  2. Richard Thomas November 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Amongst his many other claims to fame and infamy, Saddam Hussein was born the week that Life magazine had a giant cock on the front cover. True story. If not for that fact, he may well have lived out his life in complete obscurity.

    The RET birth edition, on the other hand, had a photo of Martin Luther King’s assassin James Earl Ray when he was in 3rd class. I’m not sure what that means…

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