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Flickr Commons: Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands

Posted by Laurie Frost 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
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‘Allo Spaceboy!

“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.

 

 

 

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Flickr Commons: National Archives, UK. Famous People.

Posted by Laurie Frost on July 9, 2012

I’ve been neglecting the blog because I moved house, to a new state: a major change. But I’m picking up where I left off.

Here are some shots of famous folks from the 20th Century Photographs set in the  National Archives, United Kingdom on the Flickr Commons.

Miss Hepburn on set
“Miss Katherine [sic] Hepburn & Mr. Mike Owen, Manager, taken during the filming of the T.V. Film of ‘The Corn is Green’ “. Bersham Colliery, Wrexham.
http://flic.kr/p/97rxRy

Photographs of Eric Blair (George Orwell) from his Metropolitan Police file. c.1940 http://flic.kr/p/5A2uxN

 

Princess Elizabeth at a Trooping of the Colour ceremony for her father George VI. c.1950. http://flic.kr/p/5CZRaw

 

Chamberlain and Il Duce. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain receives the red carpet treatment in Rome from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. January 1939. http://flic.kr/p/5zMp9B

 

“Lord Baden-Powell, the Chief Scout, at his home, Pax Hill, Bentley, Hants. Close up at ‘personal’ desk in study”. Photograph taken by John Dixon Scott. c. 1926-39. http://flic.kr/p/8t3C1k

 

Actress and socialite Lillie Langtry photographed by William Downey (1829-1915). August 1885. http://flic.kr/p/8t3C1k

 

Future Prime Minister Anthony Eden painted while Foreign Secretary by William Little. WWII. http://flic.kr/p/6CwGmS

 

Signed photograph of General Charles de Gaulle, future president of the French Republic, extracted from a file on the Czech assault on Dunkirk. 1945. http://flic.kr/p/6CwGn1

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Flickr Commons: Transportation and Exploration from the National Archives, UK

Posted by Laurie Frost 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
http://flic.kr/p/7hPrmA

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.
http://flic.kr/p/9EMMDe

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Flickr Commons: Stockholm Transport Museum

Posted by Laurie Frost 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.

Aftermath of the second world war. Shop window in London 1946. http://flic.kr/p/aDK9gJ

Also in London, a nice view of double-decker buses.

Victoria bus station in London in 1927.
http://flic.kr/p/agqEGX

Elevator in the London underground. http://flic.kr/p/aDdJii

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:

Stureplan, Stockholm in the winter of 1957. By Gunnar Ekelund. http://flic.kr/p/agqFGM

Trams on Stureplan in Stockholm in 1949. By Gunnar Ekelund. http://flic.kr/p/agtqib

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Flickr Commons: Royal Library, Denmark

Posted by Laurie Frost 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]

Mand og kvinde om bord på færge

 

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Flickr Commons: National Media Museum, UK. Part 2

Posted by Laurie Frost 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

Plate 758, 'Cockatoo flying'

From “Animals”:

Cat and Dog Jumping. by Arthur Clive Banfield (1875-1965)

'Cat and Dog Jumping'

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).

'Mr and Mrs Rattus: Old English Black Rat'

One from “Snapping Dogs” set:

Reference print for 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. Photographer unknown.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/308487696

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Expressions of Grief' from 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872.  Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

'Expression of Joy' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872.  Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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Flickr Commons: National Media Museum, UK

Posted by Laurie Frost 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

"Gas." Australian troops with respirators on posed for the camera in the advance trench, Garter Point, 4th Division

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."

Supports going up after battle to relieve the front trenches, note the three observation balloons above the bright cloud

A dug-out in the trench. They are usually about 25 feet deep and have two rooms beneath

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/3007145787/

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

'Sculptures in the Great Temple, Philae'

Karnak - The Amon Temple. By Lehnert & Landrock of Cairo (Rudolf Lehnert (1878-1948) & Ernst Landrock (1878-1966)); about 1925

'Karnak - The Amon Temple'

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

Woman in a rowing boat

Hansom cab, 1888

Hansom cab

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Sports from Flickr Commons: Canada’s McCord Museum

Posted by Laurie Frost on February 19, 2012

Once more,  the Flickr Commons‘ images from Canada’s McCord Museum’s Notman Photographic Archives, this time focusing on the subset “Sports,” largely simply to feature this picture:

Wrestlers, McGill boxing, wrestling and fencing club, Montreal, 1925

Wrestlers, McGill boxing, wrestling and fencing club, Montreal, 1925

Quebec: dog sledding, about 1934

Winter sports in Quebec: dog sledding, QC, about 1934

Fencers, McGill University, Montreal, 1925

Fencers, McGill boxing, wrestling and fencing club, Montreal, 1925

Gymnastic group, Montreal, 1891

Gymnastic group, Montreal, QC, 1891

Bobsleighing at Ste. Agathe, Quebec, 1911

  http://www.flickr.com/photos/museemccordmuseum/5349360424/

Curling group, Montreal, 1867, by William Notman

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/museemccordmuseum/5349360054

 

Tyne rowing crew, Lachine, Quebec, 1870

Tyne rowing crew, Lachine, QC, 1870

 

Hurdle race on snowshoes, Montreal, 1892

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/museemccordmuseum/5348751223

 

Yachting, hockey, lacrosse, boxing, ballroom dancing, football, croquet, and tennis are also featured among the 53 sports pictures on this photostream.

 

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Flickr Commons: Canada’s McCord Museum

Posted by Laurie Frost on February 10, 2012

We continue our tour of the Flickr Commons with Canada’s McCord Museum’s Notman Photographic Archives. Among the sets in this collection are more than fifty images each of ships and trains, as well as views of Montreal and Canada. Use the http to get to the Flickr page where you can download the image in several sizes.

Hudson's Bay Company schooner "Nannuk" stuck in ice, 1921(?). Captain George E. Mack

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/museemccordmuseum/5352061942/

Whaleback S. S. Christopher Columbus at dock, Sault St. Marie(?), ON, about 1890. James Ricalton

Whaleback S. S. Christopher Columbus at dock, Sault St. Marie(?), ON, about 1890

View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884. Wm. Notman & Son

View of the harbour, Montreal, QC, 1884

Esquimault Dry Dock near Victoria, BC, 1887. William McFarlane Notman

Esquimault Dry Dock near Victoria, BC, 1887

Mrs. Cotter kayaking on the North West River, Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, Newfoundland, 1909. Hugh A. Peck

Mrs. Cotter kayaking on the North West River, Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, NL, 1909

Vice-Regal train, Montreal, QC, 1878. Notman & Sandham

Vice-Regal train, Montreal, QC, 1878

Tramway crossing under construction, Ste. Catherine and St. Lawrence St., Montreal, QC, 1893. Wm. Notman & Son

Tramway crossing under construction, Ste. Catherine and St. Lawrence St., Montreal, QC, 1893

Hermit Range from Glacier Hotel, BC, 1887. William McFarlane Notman

Hermit Range from Glacier Hotel, BC, 1887

Tandem drive, Montreal, QC, 1889. Wm. Notman & Son

Tandem drive, Montreal, QC, 1889

Harbour from Notre Dame Church, Montreal, QC, 1863. William Notman

Harbour from Notre Dame Church, Montreal, QC, 1863

Percé, QC, about 1900. Wm. Notman & Son

Percé, QC, about 1900

Illecillewaet Glacier, Glacier Park, British Columbia, 1909. William McFarlane Notman

Illecillewaet Glacier, Glacier Park, BC, 1909

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Flickr Commons: National Library of Wales

Posted by Laurie Frost on February 8, 2012

Did you know that there are collections of public domain photos on Flickr?  A diverse group of museums and libraries have contributed some images to the section called The Flickr Commons. In my next set of posts, I will feature selections from some of the collections, particularly those not located in the US since the Library of Congress and US government sites have been used extensively here.

For no particular reason, I’m starting with these from the Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales LIGC/NLW]. The NLW has uploaded some of its P. B. Abery collection of photographs taken mainly between 1890 and 1940 in Radnorshire, the border area of Wales and England. Http under the photos takes you to the Flickr page where you can download the image in several sizes.

These first four photos date from the mid 1870s. You can learn more about the photographer, John Thomas, here.

Six men in country dress

[ http://www.flickr.com/photos/llgc/5595551742/%5D

Two women in national dress

Two women in national dress (Jones)

Farlie's Patent double ended narrow guage steam locomotive, "Little Wonder". Railway staff are standing on the engine.

Little Wonder engine, Ffestiniog railway

Conway Castle and bridge

Conwy castle and bridge

Celtic cross situated in the churchyard at St Nicholas and St Teilo's church. Penally. By P B Abery

Celtic cross situated in the churchyard at St Nicholas and St Teilo's church, Penally

The Old Drws-y-coed Copper Mine, Dyffryn Nantlle, 1961. By Geoff Charles.

The Old Drws-y-coed Copper Mine, Dyffryn Nantlle

 

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