Posts Tagged ‘Australian War Memorial’

Recent Uploads to the Commons – Autumn 2009, round 2

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
New this autumn (spring in the south of the world) from the National Maritime Museum: Many images of individual ships, and some as well of Naval College staff and of buildings in the area of London ports, with a scattering of other related photographs — all of it being aspects of the life of the Port of London and the River Thames.
Men gathered around a beacon in thick smog (1920s)
From the State Library of New South Wales, there are new Sam Hood photographs from places to eat and drink, of more Art Deco architecture and design, and of shops on all scales. There’s also plenty of beach life — a tease to us northerners whose winter is beginning!
Hotel Wellington bar, c. 1930s, by Sam Hood
The National Library of New Zealand’s recent uploads have celebrated Auckland at night in photographs by William Archer Price, have taken us to Antarctica with Herbert George Ponting , and have looked at the architecture of Wellington.
Herbert George Ponting and telephoto apparatus, Antarctica, January 1912
From the New York Public Library comes a generous celebration of baseball in New York and Philadelphia, a collection of colorful Hallowe’en postcards, and a set of historical images of people playing musical instruments .
[Banjo players.]
The State Library of Queensland marked the Australian-born Movember with a remarkable set of Moustaches — and marked the month as well with a set of often deeply moving photographs from the First World War, one of which marked Armistice Day on this blog.
W. Elliot (undated)
The Australian War Memorial marked Armistice Day with a welcome home kiss of many years ago.
A welcome home kiss, 1919
And Nationaal Archief is, as so often, entertaining as well as historically interesting, with an upload of autumn and winter fashion, just in time for the season (some years ago!). Aviation buffs will enjoy the set of “90 Years of Civil Aviation“.
Dutch fashion designer Frans Molenaar showing one of his designs

Portraits across the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Across The Commons
Portrait of strongman Don Athaldo Portrait of strongman Don Athaldo
Powerhouse Museum
Bordoni Bordoni
Library of Congress
Yasuo Kuniyoshi, photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son Yasuo Kuniyoshi [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)
Smithsonian Institution
Ida Fieldman, March 1945 Ida Fieldman March 1945
Jewish Women’s Archive
Bath attendant Stella, Lysekil, Sweden Bath attendant Stella, Lysekil, Sweden
Swedish National Heritage Board
Laplander [Laplander.]
New York Public Library
Ella Wesner, male impersonator Ella Wesner, male impersonator
George Eastman House
Miss Estelle Doray, snowshoer, Montreal, Quebec, 1924 Miss Estelle Doray, snowshoer, Montreal, QC, 1924
Musée McCord Museum
A child dressed in uniform, 1915 A child dressed in uniform, 1915
Australian War Memorial

Add the portraits you’ve found in The Commons to the Flickr Commons discussion group thread for portraits.

Hats across the Commons

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

Flickr Commons uploads include many historical images–and historical images include many awesome hats–hats as costume, hats as uniform, hats as protective gear, and hats as fashion. Here are some of the finest examples.

This one at least looks lighweight–straw and flowers.
George Eastman House
The classic Australian hat–Aussie Olympic teams still wear this style in the opening ceremonies some years.
Australian War Memorial
A palmetto hat she made herself–probably a very practical solution to the need for cool headwear in Florida.
State Library and Archives of Florida
Evelyn Nesbit’s eyes, and the photo itself, all seem focused on that extravagant plume.
Library of Congress
The sideways cap–it isn’t just for 1980s rapper wannabes.
Library of Virginia
The pin on this 1930s headwrap commemorates the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
State Library of New South Wales
Mrs. Burleson’s huge hat marks her as a special leader of the suffrage parade. But the other women have some fine millinery too.
Library of Congress
The frayed edges of this hat match the frayed layers of Cody’s outfit.
George Eastman House
Feather plumes like these endangered several species of birds.
Library of Congress
Russell was an artist, but that’s no beret.
Smithsonian Institution
The exuberant hat matches Mrs. Stulle’s smile and attitude–she ran a matchmaking service for widows and widowers.
Library of Congress
Gardner’s hat marks him as a Nantucket eccentric, even while his suit and expression are quite sober.
Nantucket Historical Association
European immigrant women at Ellis Island sometimes brought with them the elaborate headwear of their home regions.
New York Public Library
Helene Dutrieu was the fourth woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license; she also raced cars and motorcycles. This makeshift helmet seems to have extra layers of felt for ear protection.
Library of Congress
A ballet dancer’s costume, heavily beaded and embroidered.
State Library of New South Wales
The clean lines of the sailor’s cap match the Portuguese actress’s trademark bangs and eyebrows.
Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Today, we generally only see boater hats at political conventions–but they were once ordinary daywear for men, especially on hot summer days in Tennesee.
Smithsonian Institution
One of the most popular and commented photos in the Commons features a serious boy wearing a serious hat.
Library of Congress

Carnival of the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Getting Ready for Common Ground 2009

Shelley Bernstein
Getting Ready for Common Ground 2009 – Brooklyn Museum

The Commons is busting with activity with various institutions preparing for Common Ground! You’ve got until 16 September 2009 to VOTE.

Heard around and about The Commons:

  • The Commons: Using the Web to Unlock Little Mysteries of the Past, is a very good write-up by Philip Bump, a technology and communications consultant in New York City. He illustrates the article with an example from the Commons.
  • A History of Our Own, Representing Communities and Identities on the Web (SAA09: Session 202), a summary of Andrew Flinn’s session at the Society of American Archivists’ recent conference, by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth. She wraps the Commons into her final thoughts about the session.
  • Did you know that the Getty Museum has audio tours you can listen to on your mobile phone? Check this one out.
  • Smithsonian Museum Day is Saturday, 26 September 2009! Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues throughout the United States.
  • How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? Share your story with the Smithsonian Institute’s September 11: Tell Your Story.
  • Take This Job & Shoot It! by Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, discusses photography and the documentation of labor through the years.
  • Here Comes the Revolution? Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, reports on the new open source initiative for photographic technology that’s happening at Stanford University.
  • The Powerhouse Museum is preparing a new exhibition From Earth to the Universe with Photographic Astronomer David Malin, featuring photographs showcasing the beauty and mystery of our Universe. Catch the previews on their blog.
  • The new high-definition restoration of The Wizard of Oz was made possible in part because of George Eastman House’s safekeeping of the original materials!
  • There is still time to check out the Field Museum’s Water exhibition, and Marisa Naujokas, Chicago Environmental Health Examiner, tells you why you should visit. Hurry! It closes 20 September 2009.
  • The hugely popular and inspirational BP Portrait Award returns to Edinburgh and to the National Galleries of Scotland, beginning 12 December 2009.
  • Love Letter Update, from the Australian War Memorial. Learn more about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetie.
  • Here’s an Animal Mummy Update from the Brooklyn Museum.
  • The National Media Museum posts their Film Guide – yay, go watch a good flick with them!
  • Hey cool, the Getty has a Dorothea Lange photograph in their collection. Let’s tweet them to get that into the Commons with the other Lange images!

Overheard on Twitter


Paula Bray
A lightcycle goes down under
to visit the Powerhouse Museum

…turns out the #lightcycle has made it to Sydney where @paulabray and @erikajoy are cooking up something – Brooklyn Museum tweet

Carnival of the Commons: Owls, Apps, News & Stories

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

The Long Now Foundation
Wayne Clough: Smithsonian Forever, August 17, 2009

The Smithsonian Institution’s brand-new Secretary, Wayne Clough, discusses the prospects of the 163-year-old largest museum and research complex in the world — including the long-term future of science and education.

Heard around The Commons on Flickr:

  • Flickr Commons: It was a year ago…, a summary of the National Media Museum’s first year in The Commons. “100,000s of views, 1000s of comments, and 100s of arguments over whether they were fake or real, spooky or not. “
  • The National Media Museum has podcasts! Check out their interview with the screenwriter and executive producer of ITV’s new adaptation of Wuthering Heights, held prior to a preview screening of the film.
  • 1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist at the Brooklyn Museum for September 2009: Duke Riley.
  • They also release a nifty application, BklynMuse, a community-powered recommendation system for the objects that are on display there!
  • Read the Wall Street Journal’s take on “state-of-the-art museum tours”; they talk to Shelley Bernstein at the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Post weighs in, too.
  • artdaily praises the new exhibition at the Getty Museum, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.
  • The Chicago Tribune writes about the acquisition of lynching victim Emmett Till’s casket by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The SI’s National Museum of American History launched a new exhibition earlier this year, On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. They also have a Flickr group for your images of maritime activities across the United States of America.
  • SI experiments with ShareTabs, a quick way to share links.
  • That Picture Looks Great On You: Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, talks about the new ubiquity of photography.
  • Photos, Guns, Africa, Stanley, & Kalulu, Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative — a story straight out of The Commons.
  • Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo bamboobamboobamboobam.
  • Reading War and Peace, some advice on reading this classic literature, on the New York Public Library’s blog.
  • The Library of Congress announces their September film series.
  • Powerhouse Museum announces their Common Ground meetup in October!
  • The U.S. National Park Service celebrated their birthday on August 25th. If you couldn’t get to a park this weekend, enjoy Yosemite — it’s in The Commons!
  • The State Library of Queensland, Australia, hosted Commandant Henry Miller’s descendant, Quentin Miller, at Redcliffe, which was the first European settlement in Queensland, established as the Moreton Bay Penal Colony in September 1824.
  • The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story, by the Australian War Memorial.
  • Oregon State University Archives reports on the 6-month closure of the The Southern Oregon Historical Society. :””(
  • They also post a nifty history of Mazamas, a climbing club in Portland, Oregon.
  • And! They announce their digitized book, Oregon, a story of progress and development, together with an account of the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition to be held in Portland, Oregon, from June first to October fifteenth, nineteen hundred and five, available on ScholarsArchive. Dang, Tiah, that’s a mouthful!

Monday Morning Mayhem!


Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Burrowing Owl Babies, August 28, 2009
Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian asked last week if the tweeples following them on Twitter could identify these newborns. They did!

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks Aug. 2—the first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years. The chicks’ parents, a 5-year-old male and 4-year-old female, have been at the Zoo since June 2006.

The last time burrowing owls successfully bred at the National Zoo was in the late 1970s. A recent population-management plan recommended breeding the Zoo’s current adult pair. The chicks are with their parents in the Zoo’s Bird House. Currently, there is semi-transparent filter paper covering their exhibit, providing the chicks with privacy. As they become more comfortable with their new surroundings, the paper will slowly be removed.

Carnival of the Commons: Of Baby Animals & iPhone Apps

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

This is your weekly update of important events and notes about the institutions that partake in the Flickr Commons.

Wild Thing: The Smithsonian National Zoo: a one hour video, courtesy of Hulu.
Great Museums

Friday Fun!

Baby Boom at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center
Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo

Need more baby animals fix? Look no farther than Flickr and the National Zoo’s photostream.

Go Visit!

01 AugustMy Fair Lady at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, a Lerner and Loewe classic.

Now through 18 OctoberIn Focus: Making a Scene at the Getty Museum. Theatricality and photography: “the images in this exhibition are inspired by art history, literature, religion, and mainstream media.”

13 August – The New York Public Library partners with the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to host screenings of HBO’s series on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Carnival of the Commons: on the Moon

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Astronaut James Irwin gives salute beside U.S. flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA)

Astronaut James Irwin gives salute beside U.S. flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA), August 1, 1971
George Eastman House: 1992:0007:0002.0001
  • George Eastman House posts a terrific podcast on the The Lunar Orbiter Camera, manufactured by Eastman Kodak.
  • Also from GEH, The Moon Imagined, about James Hall Nasmyth and the moon.
  • The Getty Museum tweeted a great old moon photo in their collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of men walking on the moon.
  • Students can help archive the Internet – the Library of Congress teams up with the Internet Archive (hey! George works there, yay!) and the California Digital Library to launch the K-12 Web Archiving Program.
  • The Field Museum launches a new Facebook application! Get yer pirate on, matey…
  • Preserving Gallipoli aerial photographs, an article from the Australian War Memorial about one of their fascinating and unusual collections.
  • Check out the Picks from the feminist bloggers on the Brooklyn Museum’s site: Feminist art, news, and events from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
  • Have you read the New York Public Library’s Blogging@NYPL? A great resource for book reviews and info on their services.
  • Read Destination: Niagara Falls, a great article by Christin Boggs of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative.
  • Iain Logie Baird, the curator of television at the National Media Museum, talks with the BBC about an old TV set.
  • View podcasts of the NMeM’s film series.
  • The Oregon State University Archives has a new take on preserving history (psst, it involves Flickr!)
  • The Powerhouse Museum asks for your help with direct input into the Australian Government 2.0 Issues Paper.
  • Do also check out some fun notes about their Odditorium exhibit.
  • Learn about debris from an exploded star in the Smithsonian Institution’s Chandra X-ray Lab blog.
  • View the Design in D.C. webcasts on Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., from the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum.

Carnival of the Commons: MJ and Kodachrome, we’ll miss ya

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

Our weekly look around the Commons’ institutions to see what’s happening both digitally and brick-&-mortar.

Fill the Gap: Case 55B (Jul 09) by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Fill the Gap: Case 55B (Jul 09) by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Help the Smithsonian American Art Museum find an object for this space by searching their online collections.

Friday Fun!

Astoria, Oregon, Oregon State University Archives

Astoria, Oregon, Oregon State University Archives

Take a trip with the Oregon State University Archives! People and Places: Early “Oregon” – a great overview of OSU Archive’s latest release to the Commons.

Go Visit!

Ending July 5 - Caillebotte: The works of impressionist painter, Gustave Caillebotte, exclusively at the Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn is the final stop on this tour and the only American venue for this exhibition.

Ending July 5 - Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization at Chicago’s Field Museum.

Now through July 11 - Foundry to Finish: Making of a Bronze Sculpture at the Getty; This exhibition and accompanying photographs and videos demonstrate the process of bronze casting as Adriean de Vries practiced it for Juggling Man.

July 20-24 - Summer School – How Do You Make Powerful Art? at the National Galleries of Scotland. Investigate art from Raphael to Damien Hirst, looking at why artists make art.

Carnival of the Commons: Geese, Movies and a Competition

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

SHOUT IT OUT! Help keep the New York Public Library open.

Read more about the NYPL’s plight at the Daily News.

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

The History of Household Technology, from the Library of Congress

Go Visit!

Now through 30 June — 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation at the New York Public Library. The 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, is this month. There’s also a collection of GLBT books on display at the D.C. Public Library. We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!

12-14 June – Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum. Oohhhhhhhhh, scary movies!

13 June –Garden Fest 2009: The Scenic Route, the annual all day family-friendly event presented by the Horticulture Services Division (HSD) at the Smithsonian Institution.

13 JuneAlice Waters book signing at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

15 June – Kick-Off Event: Juneteenth DC 2009 at the D.C. Public Library. Featuring performances, remarks and a reception in celebration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. More info on Juneteenth here.

16 June – What Is a Conversation Piece? at the National Galleries of Scotland. Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, explores this fascinating type of art, which is such an important tradition within European painting.

Carnival of the Commons: We’ve got GM cars and trucks!

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Our First Oldsmobile - 1897, New York Public Library

Our First Oldsmobile - 1897, New York Public Library

The headlines are filled this week with the news of General Motors, an American icon, declaring bankruptcy. The New York Public Library takes us on a stroll down memory lane with six sets of GM photographs, chronicling the storied manufacturers history, in their G.M. and Chrysler Cars and Trucks, 1897-1938 collection on the Flickr Commons.

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

Vote at Budget Travel for the squeeeelicious Clouded Leopard cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! See more of the cubs on Flickr.

Go Visit!

6 June 2009 - Target 1st Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum! Free entertainment.

9 June – The 31st Annual Museum Mile Festival in New York City. Free access to all museums along the mile, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.