Published on November 20th, 2008 | by Sharilyn Johnson0
Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos – published and not – at our fingertips just by visiting Google Images, pluggin’ in your search, and following it with “source:life”.
Clear your schedule, because one comedy-related search leads to another and another and another. You may take an occasional wrong turn and run into a frightening snapshot of Susan Powter at the 1994 American Comedy Awards, but once you’re back on course with, say, a search for Buster Keaton, life is good again.
A few samples (Johnny Carson; Second City Chicago circa 1960; Bill Cosby in 1968):
It’s difficult to know what’s been seen before and what hasn’t, but that’s hardly the point. It’s simply a great reason to poke through history and look at images we never would have thought to look for before this.
If you come up with something particularly interesting, post it in the comments!