Posts Tagged 'Library of Congress'

Looking Back at Civil War Facial Hair

Adelbert Ames  Photo: Library of Congress

Smithsonian magazine has a slideshow of “The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War.” This sort of grooming wouldn’t fly in today’s military, but it makes for interesting viewing.

The Great Depression In Color

The Daily Mail has an interesting selection of rare color images from the Library of Congress’ Great Depression collection

Happy July 4th

Photo: The Library of Congress

The United States is the only country with a known birthday. – James G. Blaine

Library of Congress Archive on Flickr

Grand Grocery Co. in Lincoln, Neb. by John Vachon, 1942

Remember the days when apples were 25 cents for 4 lbs.? Neither do I.

In January of 2008 The Library of Congress debuted a portion of its photo archive on Flickr. The response to the few thousand images has been overwhelming, with about 500,000 page views a month and thousands of comments and tags added by users. It was intended as an experiment to get more information about the images, as well as build awareness about them. It’s achieved both.

Interestingly, there are no copyright restrictions on any of the photos, so people are welcome to use or distribute them as they wish (according to the FAQ). The LOC does have plans to add more collections to Flickr and recommend you leave them a comment if you have a suggestion.

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