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Have you visited Flickr Commons lately?

Postcard: Algiers, Interior View of the New Post Office (dated July 18, 1919; image: Getty Research Institute; posted on Flickr Commons)Just last month we reported that the British Library had posted more than a million images on Flickr Commons. But did you know that more than 75 libraries, archives, and museums participate in Flickr Commons by posting objects from their photography archives with no known copyright restrictions. This has translated to over 1.25 million images to search and tag — or even help identify!

via Picture This LOC blog


British Library releases over a million images on Flickr

S.M. [Samuel Manning], Illustration on p. 119 from "Italian Pictures, drawn with pen and pencil" (London : Religious Tract Society, [1872].; photo: British Library Flickr Common)Dubbing it “a million first steps,” the British Library announced they’ve posted over 1,000,000 images (1,019,991 to be precise) on their Flickr Commons account. As per the press release, these images are “for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.”

Pre-Revolutionary photographs of Moscow now on Flickr

If you are interested in early 20th century Moscow, there is a collection of historic photographs recently posted on Flickr. These previously unpublished photographs were taken by the poster’s great grandfather while on a trip to the Russian city in 1909. The images are a part of’s photostream and can be viewed by everyone; contact them for download and use permission at ahowe at cranewoods dot com.

via Boing Boing

Treasure trove of vintage advertisements

Vintage advertisements are a great way to make a point about progress, illustrate certain design aesthetics, or just to have a laugh.  Here are some good sites with compilations of old advertisements; you can also find a lot just by Googling.

  • Vintage Ad Browser – thousands of ads, organized by subject and decade
  • Vintage ads on Flickr – thousands of ads – search on a keyword, e.g. ‘beer’, to narrow it down.  When you find one you want, click on “All Sizes” above the image to access all image options.
  • Found in Mom’s basement – this site is well organized by subject and decade; also includes movie posters, Sears catalogues, etc.
  • Creepy Old Ads – this blogger has thoughtfully compiled some truly disturbing ads, so you won’t have to (illustration above)
  • Outrageous Vintage Ads – this slideshow on Huffington Post contains some terrific reader contributions

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest on Flickr

Steve Tatum, Visual Resources Curator at Virginia Tech, has taken some beautiful and instructional images of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the president’s personal retreat near Forest, VA, and has uploaded them on Flickr. The estate, begun 1805 or 1806, is being extensively restored in the same order that Jefferson built it. These photos show the states of restoration in November 2008 and one year later in November 2009.

These images can be downloaded for instructional use–Poplar Forest welcomes any and all publicity (note that permission from Poplar Forest is required to publish them).

Important Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found

goldhoardThe largest hoard of gold found in England, approximately 1,500 pieces, was recently discovered on a farm in Staffordshire by a man with a metal detector.  The pieces are in excellent condition, and many are heavily decorated and inscribed.  Read the article on the BBC website which includes slideshows and video, or visit The Staffordshire Hoard website.    The items have also been posted on Flickr in beautiful detail.

accessCeramics: a successful collaborative image project is a collaborative database project which allows users to contribute images of contemporary ceramics for educational purposes.  It was started by Ted Vogel and Margo Ballantyne at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and it uses Flickr image software to upload, organize and display the images.  It can be browsed by artist name, media, technique or object type.

The innovation of this project was recently recognized through the receipt of an NEA grant.

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