Archive for June, 2010

Knitting Across the Commons

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

It’s not hard to spot–the hands facing each other, close above the lap, each holding a needle. Maybe her attention is on the project; or maybe she doesn’t need to look. Sitting, standing, walking; old and young; there’s a whole lot of knitting going on across the Commons. (For a larger collection, check out the Knitting Across the Commons gallery.)

“Elderly woman, knitting”–clearly a formal portrait, but she’s not about to put down her knitting for the occasion. Oval framed portrait of older woman knitting
George Eastman House
“Mrs. Lewis, Y Borth at 84 Years Old”–notice that, in the time the shutter took to open and close, Mrs. Lewis was completely still except for her hands. Seated Welshwoman knitting in front of a door
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
“Herring girls, Scarborough, Yorkshire”–no idle hands for these herring girls, c1910; knitting is a time-honored way to make use of wait time. Two women knitting in a docks area
National Maritime Museum
“Breien in lagere school in woonwagenkamp”–two girls learning to knit in wartime Holland, 1941; commenters point out that the girls are knitting “English Style,” not “Continental Style”. two girls knitting at a school desk
Nationaal Archief
“Girls Knitting, 1918″–long before Barbies or Wiis, knitting served the purpose of a social activity for little friends, on a summer day in Ohio. four girls sitting on a step, knitting
UA Archives/Upper Arlington History

Theophile Schneider

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Theophile Schneider

Co-Creators: Gallagher, Sears, 1869-1955 (artist)
Nortzel, William Charles photographer.
Purdy, J. E. photographer.
Schuhmann, G. photographer.
Theophile Schneider,
After 1900
Smithsonian Institution: AAA_miscphot_8232

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Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
The Biblioteca de Arte / Art Library Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian had new sets of civic architecture and of the colourful Festa dos Tabuleiros in Tomar.
Festa dos Tabuleiros, Tomar, Portugal
The Library of Congress adds Italy to its travel photochroms.
[The Lodge of the Lancers, Florence, Italy]
From Texas State Archives, maps and drawings of Palmetto State Park. Looking for incredible detail? Check the “original” size of these scans!
Palmetto State Park – SP29_001
New Commons institution Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County is always growing its joint Flickr collection! If you’re from New Hampshire, you’ll want to make this a regular stop.
J.M. Parker Store in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Bergen Public Library expands its Ole Bull collection on Flickr.
C.A. Erichsen: Ole Bull’s grave
The Swedish National Heritage Board takes us back to Sweden.
Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Upper Arlington Archives‘ recent uploads include this photograph, with background about Leatherlips (d. 1810) and a 1918 magazine feature about him.
Leatherlips Monument, 1918
The Center for Jewish History, NYC showcases everyday life, from worship to play.
Chaplain Sidney Lefkowitz conducts services among “Dragon’s Teeth”, circa 1945

The Spirit of Summer

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Across The Commons

From a gallery by Spellbound Blog (jkramersmyth) in celebration of yesterday’s summer solstice …

Young boy fishing with his dog: Palm Beach County, Florida
State Library and Archives Florida
Three Generations of Oldlands Have Ranched on Piceance Creek. in the Summer They Move 15 Miles South to Their Cow Camp, and Their Cattle Graze on Higher Lands Owned by the Bureau of Land Management and Private Oil Companies Haying Crew at Work, 07/1973
U.S. National Archives
Atlantic City Beach
George Eastman House

Enjoy the rest of the Spirit of Summer gallery here!

Then and Now: Naples, Italy, and … ?

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Then and Now

Library of Congress: [Macaroni seller, Naples, Italy]


(Thanks, zyrcster!)

Close Up of the Archives Statue “The Future”, 1970

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons

creator: unknown
Photograph of Close up of the Archives Statue “The Future”, 1970,
U.S. National Archives: 64-NA-5103

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Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
UW Digital Collections is heading on holiday, with its Gas Food Lodging set.
Interior passenger seating area of a Boeing 247 airplane, ca. 1933
The UK National Archives have uploaded a set of photographs by John Dixon-Scott. Taken in the 1920s, these photographs focus on the soon-to-change ruran and urban British environment.
Hop Picking
The Library of Congress’s most rexent Bain Friday uploads, of news photographs from the 1910s, cover boxing, Christmas, suffragettes, and an assortment of portraits of notable people.
N.Y.C. lodging house – some babies
Upper Arlington History continues to focus on images from the year 1918. We’d love to see what some of these homes look like today!
2011 Devon Road in 1918
From the Oregon State University Archives, a set of lantern slides of Palestine and Syria.
Russian Pilgrims Returning From the Jordon
The Field Museum has Georgia alligators!
Large Lake Miccosuckee American alligator
From the Brooklyn Museum, stunning arches in Italian cathedrals.
Cathedral, Pisa, Italy, 1895
Meanwhile, it’s a modern world in Portugal with the Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Cine-Teatro Joaquim de Almeida, Montijo, Portugal
The Swedish National Heritage Board’s recent cityscapes include some of Strängnäs after the 1871 fire.
Strängnäs, Södermanland, Sweden
SMU Central University Libraries have more photographs from 19th-century and early-20th-century Mexico.
Armed American Company employees and Arizona Rangers guard Company store during miners’ strike, 1906, Cananea, Mexico

New to the Commons: Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized
French, Abijah Homestead in Westmoreland New Hampshire

French, Abijah Homestead in Westmoreland New Hampshire

We’re delighted to welcome to the Commons the Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, here together as Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos. Keene and Cheshire join with a tremendous welcome of local historical photographs — a New Hampshire treasure trove!

If your institution is still looking for inspiration to do the legwork it takes to get online, try looking for some here:

The Keene Public Library started scanning and uploading hundreds of historical photos and postcards of Keene and surrounding Cheshire County in its collection. When we ran out of our own photos, we started working on the thousands of photos at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. All of the scanning and enhancing of the photos has been done by our extraordinary volunteer, Bob Borden.

From all of us at Indicommons, thank you, Bob Borden!

New to the Commons: Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / The Reykjavík Museum of Photography

Posted by Penny in News

Put up the bunting and hang the banners and pennants, we’re welcoming the Reykjavík Museum of Photography to the Flickr Commons community. Their first uploads are by photographer Magnús Ólafsson, documenting early-twentieth-century life and culture in Iceland, including streetscapes, artists at work, and women doing laundry. There are also several stereoscopes of Icelandic landscapes included in this first batch. Velkomin, Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur!

Magnús Ólafsson
Reykjavík, Iceland, Buildings, clothes store. Edinborg store in Hafnarstræti 2-4, decorated in the occasion of the Danish king´s visit, 1907
Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / The Reykjavík Museum of Photography:MAÓ 157

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Woman and Spinning Wheel

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Woman and spinning wheel

creator: unknown
Woman and spinning wheel,
circa 1910
County Archives of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway: SFFf-1992078.0076

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