Life Magazine Archive

As you can tell, I love pictures. When I got my weekly update from AllMyFavs.com, one of the sites they listed was: Life Magazine ArchiveSearch 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. Here is what AllMyFavs said about this site:

I couldn’t let go of this site for hours on end. The Life Magazine photo archive is an addicting collection that will make one hour seem like 5 minutes… Ninety-seven percent of the collection, which stretches from 1860 to today, has never been seen by the public. This joint venture of Life and Google is, I believe, one of the greatest online collections of photos throughout history. I have taken the liberty of sharing my searches with you. My Faves consist of Queen Victoria, Salvador Dali, Henry Ford, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy. This amazing creation shouldn’t be treated only as a curiosity-quenching tool. Its true significance lies in the impact it will have on the digitization and indexing of the world’s content. Let’s say you are a student searching for WWII photos. With the Life and Google photo archive, you will be able to obtain ‘credentialed’ photos you wouldn’t have been able to find anywhere else. This is HUGE. I call for all major publicists to release their archives and render them available online – for the sake of human kind and education. Thank You!

I was excited about taking a look at this site, because one of my favorite pictures is from Life Magazine. It is the picture taken on V-J Day in Times Square, New York, August 14, 1945.

 V-J Day in Times Square, New York, August 14, 1945

AllMyFavs was right when they said that it is addicting. I just got the e-mail yesterday and I have already spent about two hours looking at the pictures.

Here are some of the catogories of pictures that are on the site:

And since I was on the USS Lexington earlier this week in Corpus Christi, Texas, I did a search for it on the site. Here is one of the pictures I found. I was surreal to think that I was walking on that same aircraft carrier.

uss-lexington

Battle of the Coral Sea: Sailors abandoning the doomed USS Lexington (date taken: May 8, 1942.

If you like pictures, this is the site for you. I know that I will be spending more time on this site to find more of my favorite pictures.

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