Google has announced the availability online of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive.

Part of Google's "mission to organise all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", the collection of newly-digitised images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.

With only a small percentage of the images ever published, the photos online now represent around 20% of the LIFE collection but Google says during the next few months, they will be adding the entire LIFE archive - about 10 million photos.

The LIFE photos are now blended into Google's Image Search results along with other images from across the web.