10 Million LIFE Magazine Photos Archived On Google Image Search

Google News has done a terrific job at making it easy to search for news stories from the past.  Any Google News users can just search for specific articles and select the time period that dates all the way back to the 1800s.  Now Google Images will be providing a similar service but in the form of pictures.

“We’re excited to announce the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” wrote Paco Galanes, Software Engineer at Google. “This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.”

The LIFE collection is available at: http://images.google.com/hosted/life.  About 10 million of LIFE’s photos will be added to the collection.  Many of these images have never been published before.  If a picture was really worth a thousand words, LIFE’s collection on Google is worth 10 billion words.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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