Life on Google Books

| June 7, 2010

When I was in high school, I fell in love with the music and zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, most likely influenced by my inheritance of a great vinyl, magazine, book and poster collection from my parents. One of my prized possessions was an original edition of Life magazine’s Woodstock issue. It wasn’t in good shape, with lose staples and rips, but I still displayed it proudly in my room.

I don’t have it with me in New York, but when I learned that Google Books has digitized Life’s entire archives, I had an image of the familiar cover displaying on my screen in 3 seconds flat.

It’s a great resource, not only as a historical reference but one for those researching marketing who need examples of vintage advertisements. I have answered more than one reference question like, “Help! I need a 50s dishwasher ad.” Search no more.

Thanks, Google!