Friday, January 18, 2008

Entering the 21-st century.

The Library of Congress has a Flickr account. There, they post scans of historically important photographs from their archives. It's a very important site for anyone who is interested in the US history because one picture is worth a thousand words.

We've been acquiring photos since the mid-1800s when photography was the hot new technology. Because images represent life and the world so vividly, people have long enjoyed exploring our visual collections. Looking at pictures opens new windows to understanding both the past and the present. Favorite photos are often incorporated in books, TV shows, homework assignments, scholarly articles, family histories, and much more.

The Prints & Photographs Division takes care of 14 million of the Library's pictures and features more than 1 million through online catalogs. Offering historical photo collections through Flickr is a welcome opportunity to share some of our most popular images more widely.

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