LIFE Again! Google, LIFE and the Lost Archives!

Posted by on November 19, 2008

Source: NARA--JFK

(Source: NARA)

In the letter above, we see a discussion between the Kennedy family about LIFE magazine. So what?  It’s just a magazine, right? This is just a simple letter, isn’t it?

Wrong!  Symbolizing the importance LIFE magazine has become to American history and the nation, the news announcement in the last day or two has been astounding!

Have you heard about it?  The LIFE archives have been opened, opened to the public!

In partnership with Google, LIFE magazine has been digitizing their vast archives of photos so that everyone can see and learn…..and perhaps give a gift or two.

Says Google:

“…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. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos….”


For history enthusiasts like myself, there is many neat things to see and do.  For others, it’s the story of life, American life.  For our children, it’s where our country has been…and what it is today.

How about you?

Here’s the link to get you started searching for your own piece of American history:


I’ve emailed some of the contacts for Life, and in the news and spririt of this announcement, they said it was ok to post some examples of what you will find on the site.  So, the following photos are attributed to LIFE magazine and cannot be reproduced without their express permission.  Please contact LIFE for further information.

John Wayne, courtesy LIFE.  Photo used with permission.

(Source: Google and Life.  Photo used with permission courtesy LIFE)

Source: LIFE--Sinatra, Blaine, Simmons, and Brando, Guys and Dolls

(Source: Google and Life.  Photo used with permission courtesy LIFE)

Source: LIFE--US Navy--1940's

(Source: Google and Life.  Photo used with permission courtesy LIFE)

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