Sunday, December 28, 2008

LIFE Magazine Archives Now Available

(Above) Civil Rights leaders Floyd B. McKissick (fore, 3L), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (4R) and Stokely Carmichael (2R) participating in a voter registration march after originator James H. Meredith was shot. Location: Mississippi, 1966; Photographer: Lynn Pelham
(Above) Forlorn looking American soldier standing guard in front of some Japanese American citizens awaiting transport to relocation camps after they were rounded up from their homes all along the west coast. Location: San Francisco, CA., April 29, 1942 Photographer: Dorothea Lange 
(Above) A weary child from Oklahoma drags an empty sack into the cotton fields of California on her way to work at 7 AM. The girl is one of thousands of Oakies who fled the drought, depression and dust storms afflicting their native state in the 1930s. Location: California, 1936. Photographer: Dorothea Lange
(Above) Mrs. John Bartlett and son Lincoln in room of their farmhouse in the Dust Bowl. Location: Oklahoma, 1942. Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt
(Above) Barge carrying rolling stock cars for towing down the Potomac during the Civil War; system devised by Union field commander Herman Haupt; at wharf. Location: Alexandria, Virginia, 1862. Photographer: Unknown 

IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD. The entire LIFE Magazine Photo Archive is online. Well, not all of it right now, but soon. Read on.

As you know, Google’s mission has been to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Never before seen images from LIFE, including etchings and drawings dating back to the 1750’s are being made available simply by using a few key search words. Over the years, only a small percentage of these images has been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings and prints. As of now, Google says only about 20% of the collection is online, but they are hard at work on the rest. Eventually, the ENTIRE LIFE archive will be digitized and available at your fingertips—about 10 million photos and images. Here’s a few to get you started, so check it out. This is going to be pretty awesome. Your children’s school reports will look fantastic!   

[ Don’t forget to click on the images above to see the true digital size they give you. ]

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