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What are your Top Ten?

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The Library of Congress is asking for your help to curate a new set of pictures for the Library of Congress Flickr account:

We’re eager to find out what interests you and would love for you to express yourselves visually by creating a personal gallery. The most popular pictures will form a new set that reflects your diverse interests and expertise. Your input will help us select more gems from our collections that you would like to see uploaded in the future.

Here’s how:

• First create a new gallery in your Flickr account with the title My LOC Favorites.
• Add ten of your favorite images from the Library of Congress sets on Flickr. (Top ten only, please!).
• It would be great if you could explain the reasons for your choices beside each image. More detail can help guide our future selections for Flickr.

You have until Friday, August 31st to create your gallery.

Once we have looked at everyone’s galleries, we’ll post a new Library of Congress Flickr set highlighting the top selections.

This project is being coordinated by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division staff and Bronwen Colquhoun, a British PhD student from Newcastle University whose research focuses on how Flickr Commons supports community engagement. She is carrying out a fellowship at the Library until September 2012. She’s been doing similar projects with other UK-based Flickr Commons institutions including the National Maritime Museum and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Questions? Comments? Want to share your choices or discuss your process? Visit this thread at the Flickr Commons group.

Congratulations, National Library of Ireland on Flickr Commons!

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AH Poole Studio
Winning Team, c1897
National Library of Ireland: P_WP_0166b


Happy news
on the Flickr stream from Carol of the National Library of Ireland:

We received this Ireland eGovernment Award on Wednesday for our Social Media programme, and Flickr is a huge part of that.

I’d just like to thank all of you for making our Flickr Commons stream so successful. Thank you for all your information and input, your research and painstaking detective work, the way you all so generously share your knowledge and expertise to help us find out more about the amazing photos we’re privileged to look after here at the National Library of Ireland. (And thank you too for all the fun, bad jokes and general shenanigans that go on here as well!)

Crowdsourcing projects can develop their own tone and rhythm over time. The National Library of Ireland stands out in Flickr Commons for posting daily, for their toleration and encouragement of funny, ribald, or off-topic comments, and for a high level of engagement with commenters. In return, they have a cadre of loyal commenters busily researching locations, family histories, military insignia, bicycle models, school uniform policies, clock manufacturers, and much else that can lend valuable insights into the diverse images posted. Indicommons joins in the huzzahs for this well-deserved honor.

Flickr Commons Meetup, National Maritime Museum, London

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Torpedomen of the light cruiser HMS Jamaica, National Maritime Museum

Torpedomen of the light cruiser HMS Jamaica, National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is organizing a Flickr Commons Meetup–but don’t worry, you probably won’t need a helmet and wet-weather gear like the fellows above. They’re looking to recruit Flickr members to participate in “an exciting co-curation project to choose photos from the Museum’s collection” to be displayed. “We’re keen to understand what interests and motivates Flickr Commons members,” notes the organizer, Bronwen Colquhoun.

At the meetup, participants will have a “behind-the-scenes” look at the Museum and how displays are built. The workshops, scheduled for Saturday 14 April and the weekend of 12-13 May, from 10am to 4pm, are part of a PhD research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Maritime Museum.

Interested? Places are limited and participants must be able to attend all of the stated sessions. Lunch will be provided but there is no other stipend or fee offered. Contact Bronwen Colquhoun if you have further questions or would like to reserve a place in this workshop.

Craft Cabin, Valentine edition: The Flickr Commons gift tin

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Did you acquire some gift tins–maybe full of cookies, or cocoa mix, or candy–at the holidays? Now’s the time to turn them into way cooler Flickr Commons gift tins, that you can give for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.

I like to do a bunch of tins at once, because it’s more efficient. Start by taping the tins shut, so that you don’t muck up the closure–you want the tins to be useable after you’ve painted/collaged/doodled on them:

Three gift tins, with the closures covered with masking tape

Three gift tins, with the closures covered with masking tape


Put them in a cardboard box together, if you are planning to spray paint them all the same color–it’s neater and you don’t waste as much spraypaint.
Six gift tins in a cardboard box

Six gift tins in a cardboard box

Now, spray paint as you like. Some spray paints will give you better coverage than others, but then you may like the effect of some transparency. I tend to like a variety of effects, so I used a matte white, a matte black, and a shiny (more translucent) red.

Next, print some of your favorite pictures from Flickr Commons. I like historical images of women, but you can use anything that suits your gifting needs: baseball players, for example, would be another good choice. Play with your printer settings if you want more sepia tones, or if you like higher contrast. Remember you don’t have to print onto white paper–colorful papers can give nice effects too. Cut out your images, mindful of the size of your tin’s sides.

Now the fun part: collage the cutout images onto the tin with Mod Podge or a similar product. After that’s completely dry, remove the tape, and add doodles with permanent markers. Your doodles don’t have to be elaborate! Try Xs, Os, radiating squiggles, stars…

Decorated gift tin, with collage and doodles

Decorated gift tin, with collage and doodles

Finally, fill your tin. If your tin is just the right size, it will hold an impressive number of sharpies, for example, which is better than candy for some craft cabin denizens. Ahem.

Decorated gift tin filled with sharpie markers

Decorated gift tin filled with sharpie markers

Flickr Commons mages used on this tin and visible in this how-to include Bertha Wegmann from the Royal Library of Denmark, a woman and baby from the George Eastman House, and Miss Dee from the National Library of Ireland.

October 5: The Jarrow March (1936)

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Seventy-five years ago today, over 200 men started marching to London from the town of Jarrow, about 300 miles away, along with their MP, Ellen “Red Ellen” Wilkinson. They marched for 22 days, often in rain and wind, protesting the economic devastation caused to the North East of England by the closing of shipbuilding and related industries during the 1930s. They carried a petition with thousands of signatures in an oak box; along the way, sympathetic local organizations and town councils fed and housed the men. (There was also a group of blind men marching with the Jarrow marchers, with similar economic concerns; the event is sometimes called the “Jarrow and Blind Marches” for this reason.)

Their protest was not immediately successful; they turned in the petition to the House of Commons, but the Prime Minister refused to meet with the men, and no provisions were made for relief in the North East. Each man was given a pound for train fare home.

Here are some of the Jarrow marchers, in the Commons, thanks to the National Media Museum:

Jarrow Marchers en route to London, National Media Museum

Jarrow Marchers en route to London, National Media Museum

The last of the original Jarrow marchers died in 2003; this month, to mark the 75th anniversary of the event, a group called Youth Fight for Jobs is planning to recreate the march, bringing attention to unemployment during another economic crisis. Today there is a pub named for the marchers in Jarrow, and a several monuments to their efforts.

Welcome, Museum of Photographic Arts!

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Painters on the Brooklyn Bridge Suspender Cables, October 7, 1914

Painters on the Brooklyn Bridge Suspender Cables, October 7, 1914


The Museum of Photographic Arts has just joined Flickr Commons, and (as their name might suggest) their photos are already a treat. They’ve got something for everyone: Like famous photographers? They have Fox Talbot and Gertrude Kasebier, Lewis Hine and Julia Cameron, Dorothea Lange and Eadweard Muybridge, for starters. Into photographic and printing processes? They’ve got cyanotypes, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes, some salt prints, lots of albumen and gelatin silver prints. Are the subjects more of interest? The first 500+ uploads include portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural images, and photojournalism, from Hindu temples to European cathedrals to the London streets to the American West. The Museum of Photographic Arts is based in San Diego, California, so there’s also a nice set of images from the Panama-California Exposition there, in 1915.

Welcome, MoPA!

New to the Commons: Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized
Fish Market

Fish Market

New to the Commons today is the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.

Tyne and Wear is a county in Northeast England, where the rivers Tyne and Wear meet the North Sea. You may not have heard of “Tyne and Wear,” but you have probably heard of its constituent boroughs: South Tyneside, North Tyneside, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, and the City of Sunderland. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums joins with over 200 photographs of local history and place, from fish and ships to criminals and biscuit-makers. Please join us is welcoming them to the Commons!

New to the Commons: The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives

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President Wilson Greets a Woman on Speaking Tour

President Wilson Greets a Woman on Speaking Tour

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives yesterday joined the Commons group of museums, archives, and libraries on Flickr.

The Woodrow Wilson Library brings to its Commons inauguration over 600 photographs covering Wilson’s academic and political careers and his family life. History students might head first to the World War I collection, which includes sets of photographs from the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations negotiations. More interested in the people surrounding and supporting the presidency? You might start with the Wilson family, or with Wilson’s Cabinet. Either way, join us in welcoming the Woodrow Wilson Library Archives to the Commons!

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2001

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In memory the late Elizabeth Taylor, SMU (Southern Methodist University) Central University Libraries has uploaded a set of photographs of a visit she made to Dallas, Texas, in 1987:

Women’s History Month Set, Center for Jewish History NYC

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More Women’s History Month content from Flickr Commons — this time, a diverse collection from the Center for Jewish History NYC: Meet baseball players and judges, actresses. and “the Angel of Ellis Island”: