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Egypt: Gizeh - Great Sphinx Before Clearance. Giza. 4th Dynasty. From the Brooklyn Museum Archives Collection on Flickr

Egypt: Gizeh - Great Sphinx Before Clearance. Giza. 4th Dynasty. From the Brooklyn Museum Archives Collection on Flickr

I have been a member of the photo sharing website Flickr for a while now and I just found the Flickr Commons area of the site.

As Flickr states,

“The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.”

Luqaiot - Kittitas.  Photographed sometime between 1907-1930 - Photogravure- From the Smithsonian Institution Collection on Flickr

Luqaiot - Kittitas. Photographed sometime between 1907-1930 - Photogravure- From the Smithsonian Institution Collection on Flickr

Several institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress and the Brooklyn Museum have several thousand photos posted online to browse through. A majority of the collection ranges from 1900-1940’s, with several going back ever further.

I think it’s pretty amazing to scroll through these photos. From the ‘mundane’ everyday life to soldiers on the battlefield. What makes the collection even more interesting is the fact that many of the photos include the type of camera the image was shot with.

If you’ve got a few minutes, start your browsing here!

Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison - by Frank Hurley - From the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914.  From the State Library of New South Wales collection

Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison - by Frank Hurley - From the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. From the State Library of New South Wales collection

The gaps in the wire near Anvil Wood through which the 53rd Battn. rushed the machine gun posts on Aug 31st 1918 were death traps.  From the Collection of National Media Museum on Flickr

The gaps in the wire near Anvil Wood through which the 53rd Battn. rushed the machine gun posts on Aug 31st 1918 were death traps. From the Collection of National Media Museum on Flickr

The links to these sites are below:
http://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/
http://flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/
http://flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/
http://flickr.com/photos/brooklyn_museum/

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Written by patrickmeredith

February 26, 2009 at 12:32 am

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