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LIFE photo archive hosted by Google. Search 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 Go.
posted by chunking express (28 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's great. Decent resolution, too. Now they just need a few interface goodies like most popular search terms, etc.
posted by starman at 10:45 AM on November 18, 2008


Date taken, 1759

First photo taken in 1827

what
posted by DU at 10:47 AM on November 18, 2008


(Maybe the 1759 refers to the date one of the paintings was painted? But that seems disingenuous at the very least.)
posted by DU at 10:49 AM on November 18, 2008


I might believe it was 1759 if Mozart was in the photo. Or maybe not. What years were Mozart alive?
posted by wendell at 10:53 AM on November 18, 2008


It's probably some sort of mistake. The first set of photos on the homepage is from the 1860s, which makes more sense.
posted by chunking express at 10:58 AM on November 18, 2008


More photographs from the 1750s.
posted by Knappster at 11:02 AM on November 18, 2008


Wow! Neat. Why does it seem to max out at 200 images? Bourke-White? 200 images. Poet? 200 images.
posted by steef at 11:02 AM on November 18, 2008


But the text on the homepage says 1750s.
posted by DU at 11:06 AM on November 18, 2008


From what I can tell many (all?) these images were already available on gettyimages.com archive. They have no watermark now, but that's the only difference.
posted by fire&wings at 11:14 AM on November 18, 2008


Getty images isn't as commonly browsed as Google Images, I'd imagine. So these images are now available to a wider audience, and without watermarks.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:31 AM on November 18, 2008


kinda lame. Searching for eg. Tokyo or Saigon returns the photos from 3 or 4 stories and that's it, apparently. Still, seeing a large-format picture does really leap out at you compared to what you see in a magazine, a la The Boston Globe's Big Picture feature.
posted by troy at 11:53 AM on November 18, 2008


w tee f
posted by troy at 11:57 AM on November 18, 2008 [4 favorites]




More photographs from the 1750s.
posted by Knappster at 1:02 PM on November 18 [+] [!]


Where "photograph" = "engraving." Check.

I didn't realize Life was being published pre-American Revolution.

w tee f
posted by troy at 1:57 PM on November 18 [+] [!]


Yeah, that vignetting is terrible, you think they'd've cropped that a bit.
posted by ZakDaddy at 12:09 PM on November 18, 2008


Not the 1750s.
posted by squalor at 12:30 PM on November 18, 2008


Well this is going to eat up my afternoon! It only took me a few seconds to find an ape participating in a study of ape addiction to TV.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:34 PM on November 18, 2008


And speaking of TV Addiction...
posted by squalor at 12:52 PM on November 18, 2008


This is a fun post! The neat thing about huge image archives though is sniffing out the dupes...

Walter Elias Disney, 1950s portrait photo

The exact same portrait a search page later, now either weathered (note tears and tone), or just flat out faded sepia.
posted by cavalier at 1:06 PM on November 18, 2008




w tee f

They're just there to make sure the pinsetters don't form a union.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 2:36 PM on November 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


This one is pretty horrifying.

(Great post!)
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:50 PM on November 18, 2008


2 year old smoking.
posted by chunking express at 6:59 PM on November 18, 2008


Get your fingers out of my beer.
posted by device55 at 7:11 PM on November 18, 2008


Destination: The Moon
posted by gubo at 8:39 PM on November 18, 2008


Great stuff! Now let's just hope they don't take it down after a month, like the last cool thing they did.
posted by Rhaomi at 8:52 PM on November 18, 2008


Fantastic stuff, thanks for the link.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:40 PM on November 18, 2008


Every single picture saves as c.jpg. That's pretty evil.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:45 AM on November 19, 2008


The Best of LIFE blog, displaying images from Google and Flickr Commons.
posted by Korou at 11:40 AM on December 8, 2008


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