23 September 2014

Internet Archive Creates a Virtual Visual Feast on Flickr -- Millions of Historical Images -- All FREELY Accessible!

What’s not to love about the Internet Archive?  It has so many resources that benefit our research from digitized books (including directories, court cases and so much more) to digitized web pages (Wayback Machine), and more.  

The newest venture is The Commons – The Internet Archive has now uploaded millions of images to Flickr.  

Read more about this via Internet Archive Uploads Millions of Historical Images to Flickr (David Murphy, PC Magazine).

If you have a hankering for some old-timey cat pictures, the Internet Archive has you covered. Specifically, the Internet Archive's Flickr account will likely contain that which you seek, as the organization recently posted several million images to the popular photo-sharing site.

These images are the first batch of what the Internet Archive is calling “The Commons,” a new collection made up photographs from the more than 600 million book pages that the organization has digitally scanned. The pages themselves amount to more than 19 petabytes of data—with more than 14 million images eventually expected to make their way online.

The Commons currently has over 2.5 million photos posted and it is a virtual visual feast!

When you click on any image you are told its source – the publication, date, and page.  It also tells whether there are any known copyright restrictions in place.

I just was trawling through the images and came across “Image from page 468 of “Allen county, Indiana, circuit court record general index” (1824)” and “Image from page 253 of “Olcott’s land values blue book of Chicago” (1921).”  How cool is that?!?!

Whether you want to feast your eyes upon some historic pictures or spot some clues regarding your ancestors and/or their lives, do check out this ever-growing collection of images.

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