Archive for October, 2010

[Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947] (LOC)

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
[Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947] (LOC)

creator: Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.
[Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947] (LOC),
creation date: ca. Sept. 1947
Library of Congress: LC-GLB23- 0622

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Happy Commonsversary to the LSE Library!

Posted by Penny in Anniversaries, News
Library Appeal, 1973

Library Appeal, 1973

The Library of the London School of Economics was founded in 1896; it joined the Flickr Commons a year ago this week, and brought some amazing images from the history of the school, with subjects ranging from sports to scholars, from suffrage to royalty to computers.

Student Union Joint Secretary P. Bradford, 1935-1936

St. Clements Press Building Interior c1959

The photostream’s sets are nicely organized by decade and department, and there are many staff portraits, covering everyone from professors to typists.

The Typing Room, 1956

The Typing Room, 1956

One set, “Lord Beveridge,” features sixty-four images of the same man, from boyhood to old age–surely one of the largest sets devoted to one face in all of the Commons.

William Beveridge, 1909

William Beveridge, 1909

And don’t miss the sets of political graphics!

Dissolution Cup: the Government Hare Doubles Again

Dissolution Cup: the Government Hare Doubles Again

Happy World Pasta Day!

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized
Portrait of Shelly Manne, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. June 1947

Portrait of Shelly Manne, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. June 1947

… from Indicommons and the Library of Congress!

Álbum de Desenhos, Portugal

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Álbum de Desenhos, Portugal

artist: João Cristino da Silva (1829-1877)
Álbum de Desenhos, Portugal,
creation date:unknown
Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian: LCSM 159.ic

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More Recent Uploads

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
From NASA, the world from space.

Cresent Earth rises above lunar horizon
From the Field Museum, a set of 74 photographs taken by Huron Smith in Georgia.

Men holding forestry tools
From the Center for Jewish History in NYC, engravings and lithographs.

Lithograph by Leo Haas (1901-1983), Holocaust artist, who survived Theresienstadt and Auschwitz
From the National Library of Wales, images by Geoff Charles of groups of people — many surely alive or identifiable — gathered for work, for celebration, and more.

Oswestry Old Folks’ Club’s annual outing to the seaside
The Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos photostream continues to grow every week, with local people and buildings. Identifications are welcomed!

Mary Emerson Robbe (?) of Dublin New Hampshire
Also very active, the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian photostream includes new images of silver, construction projects, factory interiors, and more.

Casa Jalco, Lisboa, Portugal

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
New images from the Bibliothèque de Toulouse turn Eugène Trutat’s lens on himself, ego, and his family.

Ego [Eugène Trutat]
Recent uploads from the University of Washington’s Digital Collections range from the university itself to as far away as the Philippines.

Some of the tallest rice terraces in the world, probably at Batad, Philippines
From the UK National Archives, a set of images from surgeon’s logs.

Sea snakes of the Southern Ocean
The U.S. National Archives expands its Commons holdings across all its categories, from landscape to historical imagery to the 1970s Documerica project.

Crossing the painted road which extends east from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Center City in the background, 09/1973.
Recent uploads from the National Maritime Museum include several portraits from the Royal Hospital School.

School shooting team
From the SMU Central University Libraries, the Texas State Fair!

Outdoor ice show, “Pepsi on Ice,” State Fair of Texas

Leadbeater’s Cockatoo

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Leadbeater's Cockatoo

creator: published by Charles Kerry & Co.
Leadbeater’s Cockatoo,
creation date: c. 1884-1917

Read more:
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial
Powerhouse Museum: 85/1284-249

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Happy Commonsversary to the Jewish Women’s Archive

Posted by Nina in Anniversaries

We are celebrating the first anniversary of the Jewish Women’s Archive in the Flickr Commons.

The Jewish Women’s Archive is dedicated to uncovering, chronicling, and transmitting to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women.

The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) uses technology for the purpose of collecting and sharing Jewish women’s stories. Its website,, offers free access to a large number of resources on American Jewish women, “past and present, celebrated and unknown.”

The JWA states:
“Images of American Jewish Women and World War II: The stories and documents of American Jews who lived through World War II, as well as the materials they saved from the war years, are in danger of being lost forever.”

The JWA’s photostream consists of three sets.

The “In Service” set is comprised of photographs of Jewish American Women in service during WWII. Here is one photograph in this set, “Doing laundry in a helmet.”

Muriel Engelman’s service friend, Jan Shimp doing laundry in a steel helmet in a Normandy Cow Pasture. Note the laundry hanging out to dry on the tent ropes.

Doing laundry in a helmet

Doing laundry in a helmet

A second set is called “Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.”

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical documents, photographs and memorabilia of the Jewish community of Greater Hartford. Established in 1971, the Society’s main commitment is to reach the largest audience possible through publications, exhibitions, seminars and educational programs.

This photograph below is of Libby Adler and Ann Mitnick Greenspan.

“Julian knew Ann’s husband Bernard Greenspan from Hartford. We became good friends in Harvard. There was a third couple from New York. We were all close friends. At night we played cards and went to the movies. There was a PX we could shop at.” ~Libby Adler

Libby Adler and Ann Mitnick Greenspan

Libby Adler and Ann Mitnick Greenspan

The JWA’s third set is “Jewish American Women and World War II.”
The photograph below is of Helga Allweiss.

Picture taken just before she left Germany, after Kristallnacht.

Helga Allweiss

Helga Allweiss

The Jewish Women’s Archive is collecting oral histories, letters, photographs, and other objects that document the experiences of Jewish American women during the Second World War.

The JWA suggests that you too can ”conduct an interview and collect photographs, letters, and other related documents. Share a story, photo, scanned document, audio or video recording, interview transcript, letter, or other object.”

Additionally, “JWA will continue to add images to American Jewish Women and World War II” and states further that “if you would like to contribute to the collection, please go to our website for instructions.”

Thank you, JWA, for making Flickr’s Commons a part of how you gather and share Jewish women’s past!

Walking through Florida’s Agricultural Past

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized

In the Flickr Commons group that this blog arose from, the State Library and Archives of Florida tells the story of the University of Florida’s Agricultural Experiment Station:

The University of Florida was first established by law in 1851 when the Florida Legislature passed a bill authorizing the establishment of two seminaries (east and west Florida) to instruct men and women in “teaching…mechanic arts, in husbandry and agricultural chemistry” and other “arts which ennoble man and make him truly independent.” The East Florida Seminary opened in 1853 in Ocala and moved to Gainesville in 1866 following the Civil War. …

Read the rest of the (illustrated) story of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the Flickr Commons group, see the full (and growing) set of Commons photographs here

— and see the rest online at the Archives: over 550 photographs and a film.

The National Library of Wales talks Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

Yesterday, the National Library of Wales posted about the amazing input they’ve had on their Commons photos — everything from identifications of places and people and dates to “now” photographs that help place the originals in time.  Read their post for links to some of the stories!

Then head to today’s post: an interview with crafter Penny Richards about her creative use of Commons photos to make new real-world objects, turning the past into something to be worn today.