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Want a look at a Time Magazine cover from 1923? How about album covers for Blue Note records, or Chateau Mouton Rothschild Wine Labels? A searchable image database lets you view all of these, and more.

Collective.net connects collectors with each other, and with authoritative catalogues of the collectible universe. Although the site is primarily designed for collectors to communicate, buy and sell from one another, there's also a cool set of "checklists" that can be viewed by anyone.

For example, there are about 3,900 Time Magazine covers, going back to 1922. There are also cover archives of Life Magazine, and that venerable icon of American culture, Mad Magazine.

The collection isn't limited to magazines. There are also images of Grateful Dead Bean Bears, Topps baseball cards from the 1952 season, and a number of other interesting collections.

Time Magazine recently launched its own searchable database of all 4,200 covers. Each cover can be viewed both in thumbnail format and as a high-resolution 400 x 527-pixel image.

However, Collective.net's search function lets you see items from several collections simultaneously. For example, a search for "beatles" displays album covers as well as Life Magazine covers featuring the band.

Even if you aren't a serious collector, Collective.net is a great resource if you're searching for images of popular culture.

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