1961 - the world of 50 years ago

The past really is a different place, yet as these photos of 1961 from The Atlantic demonstrate, the globe always has its fair share of drama, tragedy, injustice and courage. There isn't enough space to show the full collection, but with people like John F Kennedy, Muhammed Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Martin Luther King at the height of their powers, there were some truly extraordinary people around. And, as you can see, some very beautiful aircraft, too.








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