Posts Tagged ‘Flickr Commons’
Posted by havealittletalk on August 15, 2013
I’ve been trying to figure out how to determine the train route my great-grandmother and the 4 youngest of her 11 kids took in 1918 when she decided she had had enough of living west of the Pecos River in Texas and would join a married daughter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her life, I presume, must have reached the metaphorical train wreck stage to have made such a radical move.
Looking through the State Library and Archives of Florida collection in the Flickr Commons, I was surprised by how many images in the Scenes from Florida Railroad History set featured train wrecks. No one, it seems, can help but look.
But first I suppose this was the ideal, a engine blowing coal smoke into the orange groves. Date is estimated as being in the 1910′s.
As we enter the most active part of hurricane season in South Florida, consider the problem of evacuating the Florida Keys or rescuing survivors.
Rescue train swept off the tracks by the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Sept. 5, 1935.
“The hurricane washed this 11-car special train off the track soon after reaching the stricken area. The train was trying to rescue 683 World War I veterans in a rehabilitation camp, of which around 250 died as a result of the hurricane. The veterans, a remnant of the Bonus Army that marched on Washington, were employed for highway construction in the federal work relief project.”
Here’s a train headed to the Keys on a better day,
Here’s one from 1934. Jupiter is on the East Coast of Florida, not far, interestingly, from Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy), where NASA launched its rockets,
How did this happen? The date is noted as “not after 1898.”
This is a mess. And I can’t figure out how it is possible that the guy standing on the rear of the train car looks so much larger than those on the ground.
There are more pictures of wrecks in this set, as well as a number of shots of trains on their tracks. But I will close with a metaphorical train wreck: the treatment of Indians in the US. I did not know that Geronimo and defeated Apaches were shipped off to Florida:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Flickr Commons, Florida East Coast Railway, Florida Railroad History, Geronimo Apache train Florida, Overseas Extension bridge, Seaboard Air Line Railway train wreck 1905, State Library and Archives of Florida | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on June 15, 2013
Here are a few more images from Southern Methodist University’s photostream at the Flickr Commons.
Rights: Please cite Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library when using this image file. A high-quality version of this file may be obtained for a fee by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bibliographic material is cut and pasted from the photostream.
The Old Way. The New Way.
Title: The Old Way. The New Way.
Date: ca. 1910
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Place: Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Locomotive No. 355, Krauss-Maffei
Creator: Bellingrodt, Carl
Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
No. 55. In Case of Emergency. Snow plow.
Creator: Benecke, Robert, 1835-1903
Part Of: On the Kansas Pacific Railway collection, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
If you visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, you will find hundreds of artworks donated by “Ima Hogg.” There was a real woman by this name, daughter of a Texas Governor, James Stephen (Big Jim) Hogg. Why did he name his daughter Ima? Here’s the Wiki take on the matter:
“Her first name was taken from her uncle Thomas Hogg‘s epic Civil War poem The Fate of Marvin, which featured two young women named Ima and Leila. According to Virginia Bernhard’s biography of Ima Hogg, “there are some who believe that James Stephen Hogg … named his only daughter Ima Hogg to attract the attention of Texas voters” in a year when he was running in a close race for district attorney of the Seventh District in Texas,which he won. Alternatively, correspondence from Jim Hogg indicates he may not have been conscious of the combined effect of his daughter’s first and last names.“
Ima Hogg later recounted that “my grandfather Stinson lived fifteen miles [24 km] from Mineola and news traveled slowly. When he learned of his granddaughter’s name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain.” During her childhood, Hogg’s elder brother William often came home from school with a bloody nose, the result of defending, as she later recalled, “my good name”.
Ruthless or stupid, take your pick.
At least, “contrary to popular belief, Ima did not have a sister named Ura.”
Date: ca. 1909
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views
Place: Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Physical Description: 1 photographic print (postcard)
Three U. S. Torpedo Boat Destroyers on Neches River, Beaumont, Texas.
Date: ca. 1910
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Place: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Boat deck, Lusitania
Creator: Bedford Lemere & Co.
Date: ca. 1905-1907
Part Of: Photographs of Q.S.T.S. “Lusitania”, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Carl Bellingrodt, Flickr Commons, Ima Hogg, Krauss-Maffei, Lusitania, Robert Benecke, Southern Methodist University, U. S. Torpedo Boat Destroyer | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on February 17, 2013
A few examples of the contents of the Artwork and Illuminations collection of the UK National Archive’s photostream on the Flickr Commons.
Chest made to hold the Treaty of Calais, signed between Edward III of England and John II of France. Edward agreed to give up his claim to the throne of France in exchange for the territory of Aquitaine. 1360. http://flic.kr/p/6Gp7WW
Sample Child’s Ration Book. Throughout the 1940s (and for nine years after the end of the war) every man woman and child in Britain owned ration books of coupons for food and clothing. The Ministry of Food’s carefully formulated diet is generally believed to have improved the nation’s health. http://flic.kr/p/5Rc3AD
Central Office of Information’s copy of the official poster advertising the 1948 London Olympics. http://flic.kr/p/5DhZwF
: “A West-End London Street Scene” by Grace Golden. Clearly depicting Regent Street, Golden imagines future post-war prosperity. In reality shoppers had to endure rationing in Britain into the 1950s. c.1945. http://flic.kr/p/5DhZwB
Official war art by W. Krogman, gouache on board. The painting imagines a bombing raid on the German city of Cologne. The city’s cathedral is clearly visible. It survived the war, despite being hit dozens of times by Allied bombs. WWII. http://flic.kr/p/7uWG8n
Print of the royal barge carrying Admiral Nelson’s body along the River Thames from Greenwich to Whitehall. Date: 1806
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 1948 London Olympics, Admiral Nelson funeral, bombing of Cologne, Flickr Commons, Grace Golden, London, National Archives of the United Kingdom, ration book, Regent Street, Treaty of Calais, UFO, W. Krogman | 1 Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on October 23, 2012
More from the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands collections in the Flickr Commons.
Winter fashions are featured in one set, Herfst- en wintermode / Autumn- and winter fashion, and winter sports in another:
Wintermode 1914 / Winter fashion 1914
Ski-zeilen / Ski-sailing, ‘Ski-sailing’, a new sport invented in Austria, demonstrated in St. Moritz, Switzerland, January 1938.
Then there are some sets of other nations and places, such as Japan and New York City:
Bedelmonnik / Mendicant. Mendicant with staff, begging bowl and pointed hat. [Photo, hand coloured albumine, from series of 42 prints at Spaarnestad Photo by Felice Beato, Kusakabe Kimbei or Raimund baron von Stillfried. Japan, around 1868-1874.]
Luchtfoto Manhattan / Aerial photograph of Manhattan.
Aerial photograph of Manhattan, New York (10.000 feet). The street pattern is based on the (in those days) revolutionairy parce; pattern of the Dutch municipality Beemster polder.
And then there are a number of images of WWI and WWII; here are some from the First World War.
Eerste Wereldoorlog, mobilisatie. First World War, mobilization, declaration of war: a group of soldiers with a cloth to throw one of them into the air during preparations for the battle at the front. England, 1915
Eerste Wereldoorlog, loopgraven. First World War. A French soldier wearing a kind of armour as protection against flying bullets above the trench. France, 1915.
Eerste Wereldoorlog, oefening Eton College. The Great War. First World War, mobilization, declaration of war: pupils of Eton college exercising in suit and high hat, rifle over the shoulder. England, 1915.
Eerste Wereldoorlog, legerhond sergeant Stubby. The Great War. First World War, United States of America, the American army dog Stubby, rank of sergeant. Stubby died in 1926.
Eerste Wereldoorlog, krijgsgevangenen. The Great War. First World War, Russian army. The Russians teaching the German prisoners of war the cossack dance. The Eastern front, Russia, 1915.
Eerste Wereldoorlog, luchtoorlog. The Great War. First World War. German Taube-plane hunted down by a French plane with a machine gun. France, 1914.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: American army dog Stubby, fashion 1914, Flickr Commons, Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, Ski-sailing, WWI | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on October 20, 2012
Here are a few items from the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands collections in the Flickr Commons.
Can’t get enough of zeppelins and balloons, one of the collections from this source.
Santos-Dumont vaart met een zeppelin langs de Eiffeltoren / Zeppelin passing the Eiffel Tower
“Ruimtepak” voor stratosfeerballon / Space suit for stratospheric balloon, 1935
Zeppelin bij Empire State Building in aanbouw / Zeppelin near the Empire State Building under construction. The American airship ZR 3 Los Angeles flying near the Empire State Building under construction. The Zeppelin, built as LZ 126, is accompanied by some blimps. New York, the United States of America, 29 October 1930.
Another collection deals with tobacco:
Smokkelen van sigaretten in een boek /Smuggling cigarettes in a book. Germany, 1932.
Automaat voor brandende sigaretten / Cigarette machine delivering burning cigarettes for a penny. England, 1931.
Another, called Allerzielen, Allerheiligen / All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, features graves.
Graven van Vincent en Theo van Gogh. The graves of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and his brother Theo [Theodore] van Gogh (1857-1891) at the churchyard in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. Photo out of 1927.
Another focuses on “new life”:
Uit ei gebroken kuiken/Chick facing daylight for the first time, 1936.
Inventions, some stranger than others:
Houten badpakken /Wooden bathing suits, supposed to make swimming a lot easier. Haquian, Washington, USA, 1929
Eénwielige motorfiets / One wheel motor cycle. Invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine. Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph).
Gasaanvalbestendige kinderwagen / Gas war resistant pram, England, Hextable, 1938.
Posted in Exploration, Flickr Commons, Historical, People, Places, Transportation | Tagged: cigarettes, Empire State Building, Flickr Commons, hatchling chick, Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, Space suit for stratospheric balloon, Vincent van Gogh Theo [Theodore] van Gogh graves, zeppelins | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on March 31, 2012
There are hundreds of public domain images in the Flickr Commons contributed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom. There are three collections: Africa Through a Lens; Artwork, Artifacts and Documents; and Photography.
Today’s images are from sets within the Photography Collection.
German Graf Zeppelin flies over St. Paul's Cathedral while on a press visit to London. 1930. http://flic.kr/p/8JJzmx
A British made Cierva Autogiro flies over Manhattan Island. The brainchild of Spanish aeronautical engineer Juan de la Cierva, the autogyro was developed in the early 1920s. http://flic.kr/p/74b56X
Hiram Maxim's Glider
The Anglo-American inventor of the machine gun, Sir Hiram Maxim experimented unsuccessfully with powered flight during much of the 1890s. In 1911 he established a company to develop military aircraft with Louis Blériot, the first man to fly across the English Channel and engineer Claude Grahame White, one of Britain's first qualified pilots. c.1915
Fighter squadron in formation. Photograph from the log book of RAF Squadron Leader B.J.E. Lane. 1940-2. http://flic.kr/p/8t3C1R
Photograph from the Trench Warfare Section of the Ministry of Munitions showing a man wearing breathing apparatus against gas attack. WWI. http://flic.kr/p/5Rc3AV
In the early 20th century sailing ships would compete to be the first to bring a grain cargo from Australia to the UK. Built in 1911 S.V. Passat was the winner of the final race in 1949/50, reaching Penarth, Wales in four months. Its cargo of wheat was destined for the mills of Methodist mill owner and film magnate J. Arthur Rank. http://flic.kr/p/8JJk6r
'With Captain Scott to the South Pole (British Antarctic Expedition)'. Steam Yacht 'Terra Nova' with dogs on Ice at side.'
"This image shows a single frame from the very short (3-4 frame) sections of nitrate film stock accessioned at The National Archives from Herbert Ponting's footage of the Antarctic." c.1911.
Posted in Exploration, Flickr Commons, Historical, Transportation | Tagged: autogyro, Cierva Autogiro, Flickr Commons, Graf Zeppelin, Hiram Maxim's Glider, J. Arthur Rank, National Archives of the United Kingdom, S.V. Passat, Terra Nova British Antarctic Expedition, Trench Warfare Section of the Ministry of Munitions | 2 Comments »
Posted by havealittletalk on March 21, 2012
These images from the Flickr Commons are in the photostream provided by the Stockholm Transport Museum.
Artificial limbs aren’t what immediately come to mind when thinking of photos from a transportation museum, but they certainly do provide a means of movement.
Also in London, a nice view of double-decker buses.
This next one is interesting: old means facilitating new.
Installation of trolley bus wires with horse-drawn carriage assembly 1944. By Börje Gallén. http://flic.kr/p/ahH4i5
I like how you can see the snow fall in this next shot:
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Transportation | Tagged: Artificial limbs, Börje Gallén, Elevator London underground, Flickr Commons, Gunnar Ekelund, public domain images, Stockholm Transport Museum., Stureplan Stockholm, Victoria bus station double-decker | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on March 9, 2012
Next up from the Flickr Commons are some public domain images courtesy of the Royal Library, Denmark. One of the three sets in its photostream contains images by photographer Sven Türck (1897-1954) from the 1930s and 1940s. When Türck died, The Royal Library acquired much of his work.
Romantik [Romance] http://flic.kr/p/9XitUg
Cyklende på Strøget [Riding a bike] http://flic.kr/p/9Xmmyh
Rådhuspladsen [Copenhagen town hall square] http://flic.kr/p/9XYz6C
Mand og kvinde om bord på færge [Man and woman on a ferry]
Posted in Flickr Commons, Places | Tagged: Denmark, Flickr Commons, public domain, Rådhuspladsen, Royal Library, Sven Türck | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on February 28, 2012
More from the National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom’s eclectic group of subsets in the Flickr Commons.
First, one of 12 sequential photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) from a set called “Joanna Quinn Selects.” Quinn is an animator.
'Cockatoo flying', 1887, Eadweard Muybridge
Cat and Dog Jumping. by Arthur Clive Banfield (1875-1965)
The Museum notes that this is a chronophoto: “Frozen in motion using bright lights of electrical sparks created from Leyden jars.”
You never know when you might need a picture of a “yawning koala bear”
or an old English black rat:
by Douglas English (died 1939).
One from “Snapping Dogs” set:
Reference print for 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. Photographer unknown.
and from “Human Expressions”:
'Expression of Joy' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
'Expressions of Grief' from 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Posted in Animals, Flickr Commons, Historical | Tagged: chronophoto, Eadweard Muybridge, English black rat, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' Charles Darwin, Flickr Commons, Hound of the Baskervilles, koala bear, National Media Museum | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on February 25, 2012
The National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom has an eclectic group of subsets in the Flickr Commons. Here are some examples.
The first 4 are among 22 “from two albums entitled ‘Official Australian War Photographs’, produced by the Australian War Records Section, established by the British government in 1917. These photographs are probably the work of official photographers James Francis (Frank) Hurley and George Hubert Wilkins.”
Taken September 27, 1917, Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area Garter Point
Caption from AWM: "Supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walking on a duckboard track near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector. They form a silhouettte against the sky as they pass towards the front line to relieve their comrades, whose attack the day before won Broodseinde Ridge and deepened the Australian advance. Taken October 5, 1917, at Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Hooge."
It’s hard to know what to place after these — and they are not the starkest and most disturbing of the set of WWI photos in this stream.
But these will do. They are from a group of 16 called, “Don McCullin Selects.” McCullin, a contemporary British photographer, selected these works from the National Media Museum’s collection to accompany an exhibition of his own photos of archaeological remains around the Mediterranean. Other images feature Pompeii, Rome, Greece, and Lebanon.
Francis Frith (1822-1898); 'Sculptures in the Great Temple, Philae', 1857
Karnak - The Amon Temple. By Lehnert & Landrock of Cairo (Rudolf Lehnert (1878-1948) & Ernst Landrock (1878-1966)); about 1925
There are 20 pictures in Kodak No.1 Circular Snapshots, the first point and shoot camera. Introduced in 1888, it produced 2.5″ diameter circular images.
Woman in a rowing boat, about 1890
Hansom cab, 1888
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Places | Tagged: Australian War Records Section, Don McCullin, Flickr Commons, Francis Frith, Frank Hurley, George Hubert Wilkins, Hansom cab, Karnak - The Amon Temple., Kodak No.1 Circular Snapshots, Lehnert & Landrock of Cairo, National Media Museum, Philae, trench warfare, Western Front (Belgium) Menin Road Area Hooge, World War I | Leave a Comment »