Google's Ginormous Life Magazine Photo Archive

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Remember Life Magazine? I sure don't. Well, I recognize the name, but I don't think I ever read an issue. Despite my ignorance, since 1883, Life has been published in various forms, with most of its twentieth-century existence focusing on photojournalism. Life's last incarnation -- a newspaper supplement -- ceased publication last year. Now, Google and Life have teamed up to host the entire magazine's entire photo archive online. And this isn't just some publicity snaps -- when they're finished posting the content, the collection will include over 10,000,000 images, most of which were never published. From The Guardian's story on the collaboration:

About 10m images will be available, from Marilyn Monroe and JFK to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. About 97% of the pictures have never been seen before.

Google announced today it had done a deal with Life to put their pictures online. Also available is work from other archives, much of it collected by the former Time publisher, Henry Luce.

The collection includes the entire works of Life photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili and Nina Leen. Also available are: the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York from the 1880's; and Hugo Jaeger Nazi-era Germany 1937-1944.

Pictured above: "Tick Tack Toe Machine" by Loomis Dean, April 1952. (See also: a closer look.)

Today there are "only" about two million images online. Go have a look! I particularly recommend: Apollo 7 images, youth images, and Loomis Dean's photography.

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