Time Machine

I love looking at old photos. I’m one of those people who wouldn’t run screaming for the hills when someone pulls out their slide projector or dusty photo albums. They don’t even have to be of people who I know, or know of, it is the capture of that precise moment in time that is fascinating to me. It is the HISTORY. The way people dressed, the way they did their hair, the decor, the architecture, the cars, the everything of another time.

One of my favourite photostreams in Flickr is that of the Library of Congress. These are works in the public domain that have been donated and have no known copyright restrictions. Here are a sample of some of my faves.

Showing a little leg… (gasp!) a swimmer in 1910

Eva Morrison (LOC)

The women’s suffrage movement in the same decade.

Rose Sanderson (LOC)

Photos of “Rosie the Riveters” at work making airplanes. In colour!

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC)

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC)

And the brave men that flew them.

The kind of man Hitler wishes we didn't have. A bomber pilot, captain in a bombardment squadron, just before he climbs aboard his huge YN-17 bombing plane (LOC)

Cars, I mentioned cars right? Oh I love cars.

Dupont's camping auto (LOC)

And the neighbourhood, I love that period feel.

[Eagle Fruit Store and Capital Hotel], Lincoln, Nebraska (LOC)

And then there’s Frank..

[Portrait of Frank Sinatra, Liederkrantz Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947] (LOC)

Cool right?

Seriously, the collection is HUGE, you could spend hours. Check it out.

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