Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We're digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos.Have fun!
(Pictured: Iconic LIFE photo of sailor kissing nurse in Times Square during impromptu VJ Day celebration, following announcement of the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII. Shot August 14, 1945 by Alfred Eisenstaedt.)