Archive for August, 2010

Recent Uploads to the Commons: Summertime

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
This week, eat out with the Nationaal Archief.
Automatiek / Automat for snacks
Or keep company through the dog days with the State Library of Florida.
Jesse Messmore Dakin petting dog while cat sleeps by piano in the living room at the Racimo Plantation
Feel the music of new jazz set uploads from the Library of Congress.
[Portrait of Buddy De Franco, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947]
Go to the Expo with the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Exposição do Mundo Português, Lisboa, 1940
Take a hike with the Center for Jewish History.
Blau-Weiss hikers with instruments
Tour Lockhart State Park with the Texas State Archives.
Lockhart State Park – Combination Building – SP51_061
Visit New Orleans with the SMU Central University Libraries.
[New Orleans dock, lower left, with the French Quarter and the Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square lower right]
Or get married with the National Library of Wales!
Wedding group

New to The Commons: NASA

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News
NASA Deputy Administrator Robert Seamans, von Braun and President Kennedy at Cape Canaveral

NASA Deputy Administrator Robert Seamans, von Braun and President Kennedy at Cape Canaveral

Join us in welcoming NASA to its newest outreach post on the Internet: the Commons on Flickr.

NASA joins the Commons with three sets of historical images. NASA Center Namesakes present the people behind the names of NASA’s field centers, with a wealth of biographical information as well. Building NASA takes us behind the scenes of the construction of NASA’s unique facilities. And Launch/Takeoff highlights the moments that have thrilled us all who have watched NASA from outside over the years.

100 Years Ago Today: Joy and Money Go to the Seashore

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Today in the Commons
Pure joy is no respecter of purses at the seashore in the summer time

“Pure joy is no respecter of purses at the seashore in the summer time”
New-York Tribune illustrated supplement, August 28, 1910

Chronicling America (Library of Congress) (DLC) –

[Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946]

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
[Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946] (LOC)

creator: William P. Gottlieb
[Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946]
Library of Congress: LC-GLB23- 0287

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Recent Uploads to the Commons: New Views

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
New views from the University of Washington’s Digital collections range from dams and shiny new streetscapes of decades past to people taking in the view.
Chuckanut Drive near Bellingham, Washington
Across the continent, the Nantucket Historical Association posts its views … in colour, from the Congregational Church tower in 1968.
View from the Congregational Church tower, showing Brant Point
The views from the Powerhouse Museum are plentiful! 239 new images in all representing the broad range of the Powerhouse’s Tyrrell collection.
The view from Oregon State University is international in scope, with new lantern slides and lecture-booklet photos from Niaraga Falls to the Middle East and more.
Water Carriers, Nile
The Brooklyn Museum’s cathedral-focused gaze turns from Italy to France.
Church of St. Quentin, St. Quentin, France, 1903.
The Swedish National Heritage Board’s new views are of Spain and Sweden.
Göteborg (Gothenburg), Västergötland, Sweden
The view from the Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkia sweeps Portugal.
Estrada Marginal Lisboa – Estoril, Portugal
SMU Central University Libraries bring us both the view and the professional viewer.
[The Hindenburg]
While the Smithsonian looks around closer to home, in and around Washington, D.C., on a tour with Martin Gruber.
Chain Bridge

Lady Eastlake, by Hill and Adamson

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Across The Commons

… as found by Penny in two different Commons collections. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson photographed Lady Eastlake in 1845, seemingly on different days.

George Eastman House

National Galleries of Scotland

Indicommons for iPad and iPhone

Posted by dopiaza in Tools
Indicommons for iPad

Nine months ago, we released Indicommons for iPhone® and iPod touch® as a great way to keep up with the Commons wherever you were — allowing you to browse through the various Commons collections or to search within the Commons for something specific. We’re pleased to announce today a major upgrade to the Indicommons app to provide full iPad support. With its 9.7-inch screen, the iPad is a truly superb way to look through the Commons.

With the app, you can not only read the latest blog entries from us here at Indicommons, but you can also directly access the wealth of photos held within the Commons — right from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Whether you just want to casually browse through the various photo sets belonging to each member institution or search for photos across the whole of the Flickr Commons, the Indicommons app makes it easy for you to find whatever you are looking for.

If you have a Flickr account, you can add tags and comments to Commons photos directly from the app, and if you find a photo that you particularly like, you can quickly and easily add it to your favourites on Flickr. New in this version of the app is the ability to build up Flickr Galleries containing your favourite Commons photos, allowing you to share your own view of the best of the Commons.

Indicommons for iPad and iPhone is a free download and is available on the App Store℠ (show in iTunes®). The app requires an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch running OS 3.1.3 or later and an internet connection.

Available on the App Store

If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, download the Indicommons app today and give it a whirl! And if you have any feedback on the app, please do let us know what you think, here or in the Flickr Commons group.

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
Catch up with the Smithsonian before they head even farther from Earth …

Stellar Shrapnel Seen in Aftermath of Explosion …

Recent batches of photos from the Keene and Cheshire County (NY) Historical archives include may homes identifies with owners’ names.

Symonds, J. House in Keene New Hampshire

Upper Arlington Archives focuses its lens on 1918 and 1919 local history. This photograph was published as part of a collage.

Baseball Game, Panoramic View, 1918

The Center for Jewish History also focuses on the First World War years and after. Identifications are welcomed!

Ex-servicemen at dinner on Rosh Hashanah in front of Synagogue at Kings Park, NY, 1923

The National Maritime Museum has 27 new ships … and a few more that fly.

A flight of three Supermarine Southampton Mark II Flying boats …

From the Bibliothèque de Toulouse, photographs from Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, including stereographs.


The Texas State Archives canvasses Tyler State Park.

Tyler State Park – Development Plan – SP.54.153

Senator Gore’s Hotel Room Scandal (1914 edition)

Posted by Penny in Articles

With its Bain Collection uploads to Flickr Commons, the Library of Congress continues to remind us that some news is perennial. Meet Bond, Minnie Bond:

Minnie Bond, from the Library of Congress

Portrait of young woman with a large plumed hat

Striking, beplumed Minnie E. Bond was in the news in early 1914, because she accused Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. senator from Oklahoma, of attempted assault in a hotel room in Washington. She sued for $50,000, and the newspapers eagerly covered every aspect of the scandal.

Said Minnie, “When Senator Gore became unduly familiar, I told him I wasn’t the kind of woman he was seeking to associate with, and that if he had no respect for me he should have for his wife and children. Then he attacked me. In response to my screams, Mr. [James R.] Jacobs entered the room, accompaned by TE Roberts of Oklahoma and Kirby Fitzpatrick.” [New York Times, 13 February 1914] The apartment belonged to Jacobs, who happened to be a former Democratic National Committee member.

Gore’s version of events pointed to a set-up: Minnie’s husband, Julian, was hoping for a political appointment as a tax collector, and Gore assured him there was no chance of that happening. Minnie convinced Gore to stop by her hotel to discuss the matter further; then she led him up the elevator and into a room. Gore was blind, and had never been to this hotel before. He said that he did not realize Minnie Bond was taking him into a private apartment, nor did he realize that several political opponents were waiting nearby to catch him there. When Bond screamed, Gore understood that the situation looked bad.

Gore’s attorney, Moman Pruiett, claimed that Robertson had earlier asked for $25,000 in hush money. Pruiett also played up the senator’s blindness in his closing argument. Gore was exonerated by the jury after just ten minutes’ deliberation, and he stayed in the Senate until he was defeated at the polls in 1920. (He later served another six-year term, 1930-1936.)

And what became of Minnie Bond? Does anyone out there know the rest of her story?

Three girls in midair each doing a different dive, probably Washington State

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
<br /> Three girls in midair each doing a different dive, probably Washington State

creator:Gorst, Vern C.
Three girls in midair each doing a different dive, probably Washington State, creation date:ca. 1929-1932
University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections: SOC1465

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