Google is hosting the Life Photo Archive, which for photo nuts is pretty special considering the two archives worth having access to would be Life and National Geographic. The photos and etchings date back to 1750 and each photo has it’s own page with additional information, including the name of the photographer, date and location. Once the archive is fully digitized, it will total around 20 million images.
I would prefer these photos to be on Flickr, like the Library of Congress, so that they could be tagged, anotized, etc. The layout here is pretty nice – you can search by decade or subject or person, etc. And beggers will not be choosers.
This is the best thing you’ll discover all week. [via Kottke]