Google to Archive Over 10 Million Photographs from "LIFE" Magazine

Well-dressed people milling about Union Square and the statue of George Washington atop a horse to celebrate the centennial of his inauguration, the first Congress and/or NYC chosen as first capitol of the US. Circa 1889.

Google is now archiving over 10 million photographs from LIFE magazine.  It’s a stunning array of history in many never before seen photographs documenting monumental events and figures in world history on film.

Google LIFE:

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

You can add “source:life” to any Google Image Search (GIS) and search the archives of millions of photos.  For example: hiroshima source:life.

LIFE said that as many as 97 percent of the photographs it will make available have never been seen by the public before.  Although many of the photographs may have never been seen before that does not mean they will be unrecognizable to you.  In fact, quite a few of the photographs are merely slightly different shots, angles or depths of iconic images that our part of our visual history.  That, however, does not take away anything from this amazing collection of images.

This is an absolutely fabulous use of technology, I could spend hours searching through these photos.


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