Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Flickr Commons Photofinds for Valentines Day

Galt Museum and Archives

As avid readers of our venerable blog will remember, last semester we posted weekly gems from the Library of Congress' Flickr collection. The LoC collection is notable not only for its hidden treasures, it is also remarkable in that it was integral to the development of the Flickr "Commons," a copyright free, social tagging experiment that has vastly expanded in the last few years. (More on the Flickr/LoC partnership here, for all you open-access, social-tagging enthusiasts.)

From now on, our photo finds will be drawn not only from the LoC collection, but the larger Commons. Participants in the Commons range from the Brooklyn Museum and the National Maritime Museum to the Bergen Public Library and NASA, so the photo collection is exceptionally diverse. It's a great resource, so check it out sometime and send us your favorite finds to post.

For now, though, some Valentine's Day inspired photos (all of these came up in a keyword search for "valentine"):

McCall Style and Beauty (1939)
Part of the George Eastman House Collection

Meisje met jonge leeuwen in Artis (1961)
From the Nationaal Archief Collection

Valentine Dance, School (1956)
Library of Virginia

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