As previously reported, 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 today, the war-torn 1940s. The photos begin after the jump.
Model showing off Lafaurie corduroy coat to group of admiring women. Paris, France, 1948. God, I love the giant, poufy hair here. And the collars on all of the dresses.
Women & children models wearing inexpensive fashions. New York, 1945. "Hey Margaret, I'll be having a stiff drink later, can I interest you in one?" "Why yes, Doris, I'll need a double!"
Women protesting for a raise. UK, 1949. I certainly hope they got what they wanted.
Crew cuts for women. US, 1949. Any of these would work now, no?
Crew cuts for women. Alternate view!
Two women riding their bicycles. France, 1940. Everything about this looks awesome, despite the cobblestones.
African American women and white women working in the "Dead Letter" office. US, 1944. Uh-oh, the dead letter office, where mail checks in and never checks out.
Student Carol Newcomb displaying the new American Look in women's fashions. US, 1945. Her swimsuit is great, but is that pavement really the best she can do? No sand or grass to be found?
Women working in a gas mask factory. US, 1940. Thank you for all your hard work, ladies!
Chinese girl holding currency. China, 1945. This is completely out of context, but sort of amazing.
American women playing bridge. US, 1947. An incredibly early version of "Bish, plz."
Women sitting at a bar and having drinks. US, 1947. Margaret and Doris finally get some booze!
Women truck drivers. US, 1942. Tough, tough ladies. And the boots! And the trousers!
Nurses aboard Hospital Ship "Relief." Hawaii, 1940. That game doesn't look very fun, but I am loving the wide-legged jumpsuit and the polka-dot dress.
University of Hawaii girls who are chosen by the student body to serve as Princesses and Queen in annual May Day ceremony held at the University. 1945. So gorgeous. How I wish this photograph were in color.
People dancing at Rainbow Club U.S.O. Hawaii, 1945. Hmm, they're not really jumping and jivin' — must be a slow jam.
Women's Club,Westport, 1947. Gossip & gin!
Life Photo Archive [Google] Earlier: The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1930s