Google Takes The Life Out Of Google LIFE Image Archive

Dec 15, 2010 • 8:59 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Over two years ago, Google made a deal with LIFE to provide a Google powered image search for the LIFE Photo Archive. You can still access it today at

The issue is, when you click on any of those links or try a search query, you won't get results.

For example a search on either [1860s US Civil War source:life] or [Franklin D. Roosevelt source:life], which are featured sample searches, return nothing. Instead it reads, "Your search - Franklin D. Roosevelt source:life - did not match any documents." Here is a picture:

Life Image Search Bug

Google has literally taken the life out of the LIFE image search feature.

The thing is, a site command, as opposed to a source command works. Try [Franklin D. Roosevelt].

Jeff from Google confirmed the bug in a Google Web Search Help thread. Jeff said:

I appreciate you taking the time to post this issue. I've brought it up with the team and we are investigating.

There is no ETA for a fix but it still does not work for me. Hat tip to Gary Price for pointing this out to me.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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12/16/2010 06:02 pm

its a good point, also some way read here


12/19/2010 04:32 pm

If google and life closed this : a sad day in my life.

The Sanity Inspector

12/21/2010 08:27 pm

Still non-functional as of 12/21/10. It's too bad. I have found several people misidentified in the archive also, but with no feedback mechanism there's not much to do about it.


12/26/2010 09:32 pm

GOLDEN RULE: If it seems too good to be true, grab all you can, because it will be gone as soon as somebody figures out they can make a buck from it.

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