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
The women’s suffrage movement in the same decade.
Photos of “Rosie the Riveters” at work making airplanes. In colour!
And the brave men that flew them.
Cars, I mentioned cars right? Oh I love cars.
And the neighbourhood, I love that period feel.
And then there’s Frank..
Seriously, the collection is HUGE, you could spend hours. Check it out.