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Public Domain Images at the Library of Congress, Part 2

Posted by Laurie Frost on May 26, 2009

Since works created prior to 1923 are now in the public domain in the US, searching for images using keyword and “no known restrictions” in the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Catalog will yield a lot of older photos. But not all are pre-1923. For example, consider these:



 That’s Jackie Kennedy on her wedding day,  Sept. 12, 1953  [LOC, LC-USZC4-4332 ] and Sir Winston Churchill with his son and grandson preparing for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 [LOC,LC-DIG-ppmsca-05370]. Both photos are by Toni Frissell.


Here’s a young Fidel Castro at the UN in 1960, photographed by Warren K. Leffler [LC-USZ62-134150], who also caught on film a young Jimmy Carter and Hubert Humphrey at the 1976 Democratic National Convention [LC-U9- 32981-16].

09737vAnd then there are so many subjects that don’t change much over time. Places and plants:


 Dunsky Castle, Pitlochrie (Scotland [LOC, LC-DIG-ppmsc-07661];

Olive trees [LOC, LC-DIG-ppmsc-05942 ]



[LOC, LC-DIG-npcc-10024 ]

 And contortionists:

1682r1[LOC, var1994001655/PP]

Just making sure you were paying attention….


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