First of all, and further to the last post, I want to give some kudo’s to the Library of Congress for putting these photos on flickr. It’s pretty cool that someone there had the bright idea to share them on a public, super popular, photo sharing venue, instead of putting them on their own gov’t served webpage where dramatically fewer people would be exposed to them.
Further, it makes economical sense in a couple of ways. First, they don’t have to foot the bandwidth bill for constant use of them – flickr is doing that. In return flickr has an archive of historical photos that are royalty free. Secondly, some of the people on the internet may very well be able to provide interesting and pertinant commentary and insight to these photos – something that I dare say would not have happened to the same extent had they only been hosted at the LoC website.
Example, a comment on Wil Wheaton’s Blog:
People often forget when they’re paying their taxes that these things are supported too. That good works are being done by the the Gov’t. (this is an US example, but our
Canuckian Canadian Gov’t is doing some good things too.)
I’m not going to make spiel about contacting your MP’s/Congresscritters or anything here – but I am going to make note that although we may not see all the good projects are governments are involved in, but they do exist. So it’s a good reminder to find someone to publicly or privately thank for those we like and support, and voice our opposition to those we don’t – otherwise, no institution, no matter how right thinking, can correctly gauge the community support for the projects proposed to it.
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Through Wil Wheaton I found out about these awesome two photo sets. The Library of Congress put over 3100 photos on flickr. They all seem to have no copyright restrictions, being public domain photos archived by the LoC. I’ve gone through a hundred or so of them, and a couple have made my favourites list at flickr already. Some great stuff here, esp. the 40’s ones that are in colour, which is something you don’t normally get to see.
Quoth the Wil:
“File this under Coolest Damn Thing I’ve Seen All Day: The Library of Congress put over 3100 pictures on Flickr:
Library of Congress staff often make digital versions of our popular image collections available online as quickly as possible by relying primarily on the identifying information that came with the original photos. That text can be incomplete and is even inaccurate at times. We welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, tags, and also your general reactions.
It’s divided into two different sets:
1930s-40s in Color:
These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944.
News events in the 1910s:
Welcome to the daily news scene from almost a hundred years ago, as photographed by the Bain News Service in about 1910-1912. We invite your tags and comments! Also, lots more identification information. (Most of these old photos came to the Library of Congress with very little description.)
This selected set of 1,500 photographs is from a large collection of almost 40,000 glass negatives. The entire collection spans 1900-1920 and richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, and political activities, with a special emphasis on life in New York City.
I’ve only looked at a few dozen of these pictures, but they’re just astonishingly beautiful. Many of them have a haunting quality, as well, and would make great Ficlet inspiration.”
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