Archive for September, 2010

[Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie, New York, N.Y., ca. May 1947]

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
[Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie, New York, N.Y., ca. May 1947] (LOC)

creator:Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.
[Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie, New York, N.Y., ca. May 1947] (LOC),
creation date:ca. 1947
Library of Congress: LC-GLB13- 0312

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Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized
The Brooklyn Museum completes its extensive Commons collection of European cathedral photographs with a ghostly image.

St. Jacques, Rheims, France, 1907
The State Library of Queensland, Australia has uploaded photographs from the US military’s Australian presence in the Second World War.

Witnesses in a stabbing incident in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 1942
From the Center for Jewish History, NYC, more holidays: Simhat Torah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.

Children decorating Sukkot in Seoul, Korea
The OSU Archives bring us photographs of the Pendleton Round-Up of 1910.

Groups watching the Pendleton Round-Up
From the Gulbenkian Foundation, the 1937 Paris Exhibition.

Oliveira Salazar visitando pavilhão da exposição
From Nationaal Archief, a set of photographs of politicians and politics.

Debuut van D66 in de Tweede Kamer
For fashion historians from the UW Digital Collections, hats!

Brothers Eugene and Aubrey Levy, possibly in San Francisco
It was Bain Collection Friday at the Library of Congress. Check the first comment on this one for an interesting corner of American history.

Kelly “Army”
NASA expands its Commons presence with additions to sets of both people, focusing on Clarence “Sy” Syverston, and spacecraft.

Pioneer Saturn: project manager daily stand up meeting

The Tracksons and Captain McFarlain, Restored

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Then and Now

Restoration of Commons photos was the subject of a recent discussion in the Flickr Commons group. Here’s a restoration of a Commons photo by a Flickr user that has turned up since then in the group pool. We’re sure there must be more users out there restoring Commons photographs and cleaning up old scans!



State Library of Queensland, Australia


Katarzyna Matylla
ORIGINAL RESTORED

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Malmö, Skåne, Sweden

creator:unknown
Malmö, Skåne, Sweden,
creation date:1890s
Swedish National Heritage Board: pbsk00007

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When Maps Go Digital

Posted by Penny in Articles

I arrived at college in 1984 with my electric typewriter and a bit of BASIC learned in high school. I was a geography major, and learned to make maps in a cartography lab with vellum, ink, light tables, X-acto knives, and rub-on letters. I stopped using the electric typewriter within a year or two. Mapmaking was also changing rapidly. While making this gallery, I found a great pair of photos on the Commons to capture the moment of change:


Eunice ‘Biki’ Wilson, 1984

Geography Department, 1986

These photos were taken at the London School of Economics, two years apart. The photo on the left, taken in 1984, shows a cartographer in the Geography Department, Eunice Wilson, working on a map of Great Britain. She’s holding a pen, and two rotary phones are visible nearby. The photo on the right is taken in 1986, also in the Geography Department, but here the woman working on a map of France is using a handheld device (maybe a scanner), and a single-drive Macintosh computer is nearby. Another computer is behind her.

Are both women using the same model desk lamp? Maybe; some designs are classic.

LOLcat in the Commons?

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized

Seb Chan of the Powerhouse Museum wonders … could this cat be the original LOLcat?

Group and a cat inspecting the car F.H. Stewart Enterprise

Group and a cat inspecting the car "F.H. Stewart Enterprise"

Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisboa, Portugal

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisboa, Portugal

creator:Estúdio Horácio Novais
Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisboa, Portugal, creation date:1940
Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian: [CFT164 044094.ic]

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Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized
The Australian War Memorial collection in the Commons now includes photographs from the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Gunner Ernie Widders writes a letter from Vietnam
From the Biblioteca de Arte / Art Library Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, bridges, hotels, and parks in Portugal.

Curia Palace Hotel, Portugal
The Center for Jewish History, NYC sends outs Rosh Hashanah greetings, including unusual historical cards.

This card conveys the combination of Jewish identity (rampant lions supporting a star of David) with Austrian patriotism (the photograph of Franz Josef).
The Library of Congress has added to its Gottlieb Jazz Photo collection on Flickr.

[Portrait of Adele Girard, Turkish Embassy, Washington, D.C., ca. Feb. 1942]
And … puppies!!

Theon Revell, Guy Revell, and Clinton Ashmore standing next to a dog and her puppies [Florida Memory]

Indicommons, now on Twitter

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

You’ll already find lots about the Commons and this blog on Twitter, but now you can follow us there directly: @indicommons. It’s a new account, few in posts for now, but before long it’s bound become a good place not only to find what’s new on the blog, but also to hear about discussion in the Flickr Commons group and about other things happening in the Commons and museum/archives/libraries communities. See you in the Big Conversation!

WTC Rising, 1973

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Articles

On the anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, a look back to near the end of construction, in Wil Blanche’s 1973 photographs.

Overlooking the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, the Towers of the World Trade Center Soar Skyward to a Height of 1,350 Feet 05/1973

Overlooking the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, the Towers of the World Trade Center Soar Skyward to a Height of 1,350 Feet 05/1973

Blanche photographed the WTC construction as part of the nationwide, multi-photographer Documerica project. See the rest of his WTC photographs in the U.S. National Archives collection in the Commons: