Life Photographs

You might have found out, by now, that Google has uploaded Life magazine’s trove of photographs from the 1860s onwards onto their formidable servers. They are of decent quality – with some tags/Labels. The viewer, of course, cannot add their own notations, labels and tags.1 I would have liked to see this in Flickr with their level of user-interaction. These photos need metadata, folks. Us historians cannot make sense or teach from them, unless you let us interact with the metadata. Not to mention that I would have loved to see a “page scan” along with the photograph to get a sense of how these images were consumed upon initial reception. As it is, I am not even sure if the “Date taken” corresponds to the date of issue or not.

Still, some amazing South Asia stuff. Moslem League, Muslim League, Jinnah, and most intriguingly, Kipling’s India.

Some newfound favorites:

Tear down the Wall (via sarah)

  1. If they did allow it, I could tell them that the shopkeepers are obviously not posing in front of their “spice store” but their local optician []

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