Tuesday, April 15, 2008

library of congress on flickr

Did you know the US Library of Congress has a photostream on Flickr? Yeah, I didn't either...until I read Jordan's Oh Happy Day blog this morning! So I had to go take a look myself...and wow! What a find!

Here are some of my favorites (and I only went through the first 20 pages of over 3,000 photos!)...

Mine rescuer (1910s):



Monument of Oscar Wilde (1910s...there some interesting notes on the history of this monument if you click on the link to it...I think I'll have to go check it out on my next trip to Paris!):



An American pineapple, of the kind the Axis finds hard to digest, is ready to leave the hand of an infantryman in training at Fort Belvoir, Va. American soldiers make good grenade throwers. (between 1941 to 1945...I didn't write this caption, by the way, but I love the caption as much as the photo! This photo also reminds me of this.):



X-ray of Roosevelt [shows bullet] (John Schrank shot Roosevelt in 1912..and here's the bullet to prove it!):



In the Sahara (1910s):



Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies. (1942...what isn't great about this photo? The hair-do and the two bright red points of the lipstick and hand tool and then the colors of the wires with the color of her armband, plus that beautiful blouse that I seriously doubt she actually wears to work!):



Ok, ok, enough already! I can't wait to go through more photos! But go find your own favorites! (And a note to my dad...besides some great war-time photos, I saw a lot of old baseball photos in there, too!)

9 comments:

MyArtInProgress said...

Thanks for sharing that site.
Such neat photos.

Rachel said...

What an awesome find! Thanks for letting us know about it! History buffs have to stick together.

Lani Robertson said...

How great...I am going to check it out! Thanks for sharing :)

heather said...

I AM such a history nerd! I totally envy the intern that gets to upload all those photos onto Flickr!

Kinichi River Designs said...

Great photo picks! And I'm so excited that they are on flickr. Gotta go check it out. I remember finding their website ages ago and getting sucked into the photos, but I'd forgotten all about it.

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Interesting.

P.S. Original said...

You have a great blog! Love the old photo's... Well done!

AlwaysAmy said...

Just wanted you to know that I added your blog link to mine. :) Please link back when you get a chance & happy blogging!

Always,
Amy

Karin said...

Thanks for posting about this! I have to go take a look!

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