LIFE Magazine Photo Archive available on Google Image Search

Google is in the process of making available the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos. So far, they have digitized and put online about 20% of the collection.  From the Google blog post:

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in First Baptist Church at rally for Freedom Riders.We’re excited to announce the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.

Only a very 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. We’re digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time.

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