Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

One of my favorite times of year in Flickr Commons is March, when the Smithsonian rolls out more wonderful images from the collection of portraits of women scientists. This is their fifth year running, and there are still plenty of photos to share. Check their stream every Friday in March for more treasures, but these are from the first batch this year:

Ethel Grace Stiffler (c.1900-1995) was an American trained botanist, taught biology at several universities, and was married to astronomer Edwin Carpenter. woman seated in a classroom, 1920s
Smithsonian Institution
Biochemist Lina Solomonova Stern (1878-1968) was born in present-day Latvia, and studied the blood-brain barrier in the Soviet Union. woman with curly hair, standing outdoors, ribbon pinned to her bodice
Smithsonian Institution
Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) was an American research anatomist at Yale University. young woman seated at desk in coat and tie
Smithsonian Institution

Year of the Snake, Commons-style

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

Some serious snakes slithering through the Commons…

Reptilian Fabric, 1887 stylized snakes printed on fabric
National Archives UK
Harmless Bull Snake, 1972 coiled snake in a desert setting
US National Archives
Sideshow Attraction, State Fair of Texas, 1985 snake curled on lap of woman in short dress, fishnet tights
SMU Central University Libraries

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Happy 5th birthday, Flickr Commons!

Posted by Penny in Best of The Commons

Geoff Charles
Rhondda street party, August 24, 1951
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales: [ID number]

Party time! On 16 January 2008, the first collections were uploaded to the new Flickr Commons by the Library of Congress–so that makes the Flickr Commons project five years old today. Of course the Library of Congress is celebrating their five years, but many other Commons institutions are also joining in on the fun. Here’s a roundup:

On Flickr:
Library of Congress, “Celebrating: 5 Years Flickr Commons-a set on Flickr”
Library of Congress, “Flickr Favorites 1″ (a gallery of favorite images from across the Commons)
Library of Congress, “Flickr Favorites 2″ (another gallery)
Library of Congress, “Flickr Favorites 3″ (another gallery)
Library of Congress, “Flickr Favorites 4″ (another gallery)

State Library of Queensland, “Happy 5th Birthday Flickr Commons-a set on Flickr” (a very clever collection of images of five people, objects, etc.)
Nationaal Archief, “Feestje/Party-a set on Flickr”

Blog posts marking the 5th:
What’s That Picture?
National Library of Ireland (part 1)
National Library of Ireland (part 2)
Swedish National Heritage Board
Smithsonian Institution

Underwater New Year’s at Rainbow Springs: Rainbow Springs, Florida

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Underwater New Year’s at Rainbow Springs: Rainbow Springs, Florida

Slade, Harvey E.
Underwater New Year’s at Rainbow Springs: Rainbow Springs, Florida,
1953
State Library and Archives of Florida: sl3187i

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Santa Claus at the Beach, 1956

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Francis P. Johnson
Santa Claus at the beach: Panama City Beach, Florida, December 1956
State Library and Archives of Florida: 74088

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Hanukkah lamp

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Hanukkah lamp

creator: unknown
Hanukkah lamp,
approximately 1960
Center for Jewish History, NYC: 2011.055

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Saint Nick’s Tapping the Keg

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R.C. Croes / Anefo
Sinterklaas tapt miljoenste glas bier, 30 november 1970
Nationaal Archief: 924-0575

During the holiday season, even a saint might like a nice glass of beer, eh?

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Three skeletons at the piano

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Three skeletons at the piano

creator: unknown
Three skeletons at the piano,
1893
National Archives UK: COPY 1/411/21

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Faces of the First World War

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young English man in uniform

Lieutenant William Murray Dobie
Imperial War Museum

As part of the First World War Centenary observances, the Imperial War Museum is adding “Faces of the First World War” to their Flickr Commons account. The portraits sometimes start with just a surname and a rank; but many of them are gaining extensive annotation in comments, with contributors accessing war records, census details, maps, and baptismal rolls, as well as the lists of names on monuments of war dead. In the Commons, a young face like Lt. Dobie, above, becomes a doctor’s son, Elizabeth Dobie’s older brother, a Marlborough School student, just twenty years old when he “went out to inspect the wire in front of the fire trench,” and died.

New faces will be added to these sets regularly until August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

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Brigadier General Clarence S. “”Bill”" Irvine Special Collection Photo Guam

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creator: unknown
Brigadier General Clarence S. “”Bill”" Irvine Special Collection Photo Guam, creation date: unknown
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives: 09_02027

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