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 Google.”

LIFE has released over 10 million images on a new hosted image service from Google and in Google Image Search. They claim that 97% of the photos have never been seen by the public and that the collection contains “some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.” It’s certainly interesting to browse through.

Unlike The Commons project at Flickr, these images are not in the public domain. LIFE is selling fine art prints (in partnership with Qoop it seems) of the collection and the photos are only available online as 1 megapixel scans.

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

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Vintage Baseball Images

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery has half a million digitized images from the library’s collection. This is a fascinating resource, and I drop by every so often to browse through their holdings. Now that baseball season is behind us, those having an interest in the sport might enjoy visiting “America’s National Game,”a collection of early baseball photographs from the collection of Albert G. Spaulding. Many of these show 19th century portraits of players.

The Collection Guide gives a brief history of the collection, but it is the images themselves that caught my fancy. Click See all images to see the entire collection.

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