LIFE and Google bring us 10 million historic images


15 Responses to “LIFE and Google bring us 10 million historic images”

  1. Anonymous says:

    So, those 150-year-old public domain photos are “© Time Inc.” now? I don’t think so. And can’t even liberate them directly because there’s a nice fat trademarked “LIFE” logo plastered over the images. This stinks.

    Sure, we’re thankful for every little morsel of corporate-sponsored re-branded history that is thrown at us for free.

    A little less useless, please? Not defaced by a trademark? And without the looming threat of bogus copyright claims? Give us the real images, or let them rot in your archives. But don’t hold our culture for ransom. It’s ours. There’s simply no excuse for withholding the original scans.

  2. pinch says:

    We went to the moon?

  3. Amphigorey says:

    Redmonkey, fret not: Disneyland has resurrected the Submarine Voyage, and it now features new technology with Nemo, Dory, and friends. Dive! Dive!

  4. Cupcake Faerie says:

    That’s all very cool though is this going to have any deleterious affect on Shorpie’s blog? ( )

  5. tjarrett says:

    Nice samizdat Snoopy illustration from the Apollo 10 mission, which unofficially adopted Snoopy and Charlie Brown as mascots:

    I blog the irony of this knock-off sitting behind a copyright wall here:

  6. RedMonkey says:

    I loved that Submarine ride, I was really disappointed to learn they got rid of it on my recent trip.

  7. ADavies says:

    Photos all the way back to the 1860′s! How cool is that? Didn’t even realize Life magazine had been around that long.

    You know what would make this total awesomeness? Creative Commons.

  8. Cool Products says:

    This is a really amazing photo archive. I just spent like 30 minutes going through some of the photos around the time of the Civil War, and some of them blew my mind. Props to Google and Life, I’ll have to check out the other albums when I get home.

  9. Spherical Time says:

    I didn’t recognize it at first, but then as soon as I read the description, my time in the Disney submarine time came flooding back.

  10. ponto says:

    Including one from 1942:

    … of my father (upper right, sitting on the radiator) and Richard Nixon (at the bottom of the picture – you can make out his jowl line). They’re part of a group of lawyers from the Office of Price Administration (OPA) working on rationing rules.

  11. butfirst says:

    Ooh… I can see myself losing hours in this, and the 1280 x 1280 maximum resolution is pretty decent considering the (growing) size of the archive. It’s as thrilling as when I found Shorpy: History in HD, another great collection of old photography, and where there’s even some early tech to be discovered.

  12. mike h says:

    How does one suggest changes to captions for these photos? Just at random I chose to look at 1970s Nixon photos (I’m old) and there are several, even many, that are of George Romney not Richard Nixon. How useful is that for current and future generations?

  13. Kieran O'Neill says:

    This is very cool. Now, if they could just sort out the licensing…

    (I see them claiming copyright on all of it, even pics from over a century ago).

  14. Greve says:

    Very cool, indeed. They do, however, seem to have their tags mixed up somewhat. Notice the pictures tagged as from the Royal Danish Wedding in Holmans [sic] Church:

  15. Kieran O'Neill says:

    They have photos of Franz Ferdinand’s bloodstained coat (!)

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