On January 16, 2008, Flickr announced the start of an ambitious project called, The Commons. The key goals of The Commons are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.
This past January, The Commons celebrated their Five Year Anniversary. In that time the pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives and museums. The Flickr community has also contributed nearly 2 million tags and over 165,000 comments, adding richness and insight to these historic images.
To celebrate the occasion, Flickr Commons’ founding member, the Library of Congress, asked Commons member institutions to send in links to a few of their most viewed, commented, or favorited images. The result is four very special galleries celebrating the beauty, excitement, and emotion of those amazing public collections of civic institutions from around the world.
Below you will find a selection of 30 standout images from the four galleries above. Be sure to head over to Flickr Commons for more incredible imagery.
[via The Flickr Blog]
1. The Big Three at Yalta, 1945
Yalta Conference, Crimea. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. February, 1945
2. One wheel motor cycle, 1931
One wheel motorcycle (invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine). Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph). 1931
3. Stockholm, Sweden 1900
View towards the Old Town and the Southern part of Stockholm city in Uppland, Sweden. Cyanotype photograph by Carl Curman 1900.
4. A possum and a movie camera, 1943
A pet ring tailed possum examines department of information movie camera somewhere in north Australia and assumes the operators’ stance.
5. PSA Flight Attendants
6. Albert Einstein, A.A Michelson and Robert Millikan
Photograph taken in front of the Athenaeum, Caltech on January 7, 1931. Flanking Einstein are notable scientists, A.A Michelson and Robert A. Millikan. In the back row: Walter S. Adams, Walther Mayer, Max Ferrrand.
7. Cambridge. King’s College Library (Interior)
Cambridge. King’s College Library (Interior). Architect: William Wilkins (English, 1778-1839). Photograph date: ca. 1865-ca. 1885. Building Date: 1824-1828.
8. ‘U155’ at Tower Bridge, 1919
9. Karl Oskar Lööw, Fredhäll, Uppland, Sweden
The crofter Karl Oskar Lööw in Fredhäll. Born in 1873. Photograph by: Einar Erici. Date: 1933.
10. Mrs. Murdoch’s three children, 1905
These are the three children of a Mrs Murdoch from Kilcoran Lodge, Cahir, Co. Date: Wednesday, 27 September 1905
11. John Currie – Mauretania
This photograph is taken in Canada Dock in Liverpool, 1909. The gentleman in uniform is “Mauretania’s” first Chief Engineer, John Currie. RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside.
12. Sleeping soldier, Thievpal, France, World War I
Soldiers are standing in a very deep, narrow trench, the walls of which are entirely lined with sandbags. At the far end of the trench a line of soldiers are squashed up looking over each others’ shoulders at the soldier asleep. The sleeping soldier is lying on a narrow ledge in an uncomfortable position but looks so relaxed and deeply asleep. His rifle is lying to hand and he is still fully equipped. His comrades in the background all appear to be smiling. Everyone is covered in dust and wearing muddy boots.
13. Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House (12/21/1970)
14. Hitchhiker with His Dog “Tripper” on U.S. 66, 1972
Hitchhiker with His Dog, “Tripper”, on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock: 05/1972. Photograph by Charles O’Rear in Yuma county, Arizona.
15. Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral Tower. Chimeras and Man (c1865-1886)
16. Eastern Air Liner crash landing, Curles Neck Farm 1951
Eastern Air Liner crash landing, Curles Neck Farm. Creator: Adolph B. Rice Studio. Date: July 21, 1951
17. Celebrations, Flatekval, 1898
The people of the Eksingedalen valley celebrating that parts of the new road through the valley have been completed. The celebrations took place at Flatekval in 1898.
18. Miss Hera Roberts posing on the deck of HNLMS JAVA, 1930
The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) including HNLMS JAVA, HNLMS EVERSTEN and HNLMS DE RUYTER arrived in Sydney on 3 October 1930. The ships berthed at the Oceanic Steamship Company wharf and Burns Philp and Company Wharf in West Circular Quay. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the ‘unfamiliar spectacle’ of the Dutch squadron arrival.
On 10 October, the squadron hosted a reception on board JAVA ‘as a return for the hospitality they had received while in Sydney’. The SMH reported that distinguished guests were greeted by the Dutch Consul-General Petrus Ephrem Teppema, Madame Carmen Delprat Teppema and Rear-Admiral Kayser.
19. Dog with a pipe in its mouth
20. New York Central Twentieth Century Limited steam locomotive 5453
21. McDonnell Douglas : F/A-18C : Hornet
22. We Can Do It!
We Can Do It! Other Title: Rosie the Riveter. From: Series: War Production Board, compiled 1942-1943 (Record Group 179). Created by: Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board. (01/1942 – 11/03/1945)
23. Tommy enjoys possession of newly captured Hun trench, World War I
British soldiers at the old German Front Line, during World War I. In front of a mound and standing in a network of trenches are groups of soldiers, mostly smiling and laughing. They are all wearing large ponchos and the ground is very muddy. One soldier is pointing to a sign which says the ‘old hun line’.
Tommy is ‘Tommy Atkins’, a fictional hero figure representing the average British soldier. The slang British term used here for German, ‘Hun’, gained popular usage after Kaiser Wilhelm II urged his troops to ‘behave like Huns’ to win the war.
24. Sponge diver John Gonatos: Tarpon Springs, Florida 1945
25. The Eagle Nebula (M16):
Peering Into the Pillars of Creation
The Eagle Nebula (M16): Peering Into the Pillars of Creation (A nearby star-forming region about 7,000 light years from Earth.
Description: A composite image of the Eagle Nebula (M16) with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope penetrates the dark columns of gas and dust to reveal how much star formation is happening there. The Chandra data (red, green, and blue represent low, medium, and high-energy X-rays respectively) show very few X-ray sources in the so-called “Pillars of Creation” themselves. This indicates that star formation peaked in this region several million years ago.
26. An American soldier with a baby kangaroo, 1942
27. Woman with slabs of bacon tied to feet standing in giant skillet
Woman with slabs of bacon tied to her feet standing in a giant skillet holding an enormous wooden spatula and smiles at the crowd, Chehalis, Washington, ca. 1929-1932
28. The Fifties in 3D
Audience wearing special glasses watch a 3D “stereoscopic film” at the Telekinema on the South Bank in London during the Festival of Britain. May 11, 1951.
29. Young skater with safety cushion, 1933
Dutch boy with a pillow strapped on his backside in order to soften the falling on ice while skating. The Netherlands, 1933.
30. The ship’s cats, HMS ‘Hawkins’ c1919-1921
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