As previously posted, the Life magazine photo archive is now available online. The collection is estimated to consist of more than 10 million photos, many of which were never published in the magazine and only exist as negatives, slides and etchings. You can search the collection for historical images, and if you want to purchase framed prints, you can do that, too. We'll be taking a look at women in several decades (previously: the '30s and the '40s) and today, the full-of-change 1950s. The photos begin after the jump.
Loving the shoulders, loving the glasses, loving the slender, delicate wristwatch.
This lady must have a cool job, what with the cropped hair and the black and the arty supplies. Ixnay on the iggarettesay, though.
Check out his little pompadour and her little flats!
Oh, so that's how to make a waist look microscopic: Wide, wide shoulders!
Bring back the little red dress!
The '50s were not all fun and games.
No idea what is going on here, but crabby women get my vote!
Can you believe that this is Carrie Fisher's mom?
Suri Cruise 1.0
Must find those shoes!
"Mom! Dad! I totally found a girlfriend!"
Wouldn't you love to know what's on the jukebox? (This image is by Margaret Bourke-White, one of most accomplished female photojournalists of her time.)
No more classes, no more books. No more teacher's dirty looks. If you know what I mean.
Note to self: Rent this movie.
Where ever this is, there must not be a heap of crime. Women get the job done!
Don't you want to sit in Paris wearing a lovely hat and some pearls and smile like this?
This photograph was taken backstage at a play by legendary photographer Gordon Parks, whose life was simply amazing. He shot quite often for Life.
This Gordon Parks image seems worthy of buying, a framed print of these chic souls (and those Eames chairs!) would be a really nice gift. Cough.
Get to know the fabulous late Yma Sumac. Please.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Oh, and that one soldier is all, hmm, she is cute.
This one is for the cheek-pinchers out there.
Debutantes! So much tulle.
Gorgeous dresses, and lusting after the chandelier!