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Life of the Party, Courtesy of Google

Story posted May 28, 2009

Four freshmen in Maine Hall putting on formal attire, celebrated writer and poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin '15 at a house party, young women waiting to see who shall be chosen House Party Queen.

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A sleigh carries E. Harold Pottle Jr. '41 and his date along a road near Brunswick. The image graced the cover of the Jan. 8, 1940, issue.

These are some of the images captured on campus in 1939 by renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, whose most famous photograph, "V-J Day in Times Square," depicts an American sailor kissing a young woman on August 14, 1945, in Times Square.

The Bowdoin images were published in the photo essay "Life Goes to a House Party" in Life magazine's January 8, 1940, issue.

Through a partnership between the magazine and search engine giant Google, these Bowdoin images and others are now available online.

See the "Life Goes to a House Party" images.

In late 2008, Google began hosting an archive of Life magazine photographs. Many images in this archive were never published in the magazine.

Access other Bowdoin images in Google's Life photo archive by clicking here and typing "Bowdoin" in the search field.

Copies of the January 8, 1940, issue of Life magazine can be found in the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

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