LIFE Photo Archive through Google

anne_charles_small  When I was young, my family’s subscriptions included the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Telegram, The New Yorker and LIFE magazine. The newspapers were of interest to me mainly for their comics, particularly the coloured ones that were delivered on the weekend. The stories in The New Yorker (delivered on Saturdays – we still had Saturday mail delivery in those days) helped nurture my lifelong love of literature. But it was the pictures in LIFE that captured my imagination, from those early ones of my namesake Anne and her brother Charles (the picture above is from 1954), to the spreads on the young Senator Kennedy and his beautiful wife with her little round hats, to the scary coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And, of course, I loved all those shots of such notables as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and The Beatles. (They’re here again and what a ruckus! )
Google has done it again. You can look at tons of pictures from LIFE magazine through Google’s LIFE photo archive. From the site:
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.

If you prefer, you can search the photo archive through Google Images and simply add source:life (e.g. sputnik source:life). This one is really fun: woodstock source:life.