The entire archival collection of photographs from the LIFE magazine is now becoming available online through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Although this collection is still in progress of becoming fully accessible, eventually you’ll be able to search about 10 million photographs going back to the 1750s! A visit to the web site, provides examples of what’s already included in this collection, such as amazing photos from the Civil War, the Great Depression of the 1930s, or from the Apollo space explorations of the 1960s. Some of the pictures in this collection are featured under the categories “People,” “Places,” “Events,” “Sports,” and “Culture.”
According to a Google spokesman, “Only a small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings and prints.”
Life magazine stopped being published in any paper form in 2007, having survived 124 years from its inception in 1883.