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Going Back, Waaay Back

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

(Ed. note: This post comes to us from Phil Michel, Digital Conversion Coordinator for the Prints & Photographs Division, and one of the authors of the new book Baseball Americana.) While the baseball season winds down and the excitement of another World Series chase begins, we’re celebrating the national pastime with a new book, Baseball …

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One of the Sounds of Freedom

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

There’s nothing quite like the sound of a fighter aircraft, overhead. It can be thrilling — at an airshow, for example. It can also be reassuring — the way it was, for many, in the early morning hours over the Washington, D.C. area for months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Library …

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Merce Cunningham, Dance Great, Dies at 90

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

What is dance? Is it storytelling, using human forms to advance the storyline? Is it movement with music? Is it movement alone? Merce Cunningham, a giant of modern dance, asked these questions and answered them–affirmatively in each case–over seven decades.  He died, at age 90, on Sunday in Manhattan.  From his introduction to the avant-garde composer …

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How Green These Valleys Were, As Well …

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Take a moment out of this busy day to relax at the side of a waterfall at Fairy Glen in Bettws-y-Coed Wales or go explore the castle ruins at Aberystwith, Wales. We’ve loaded 167 new color Photocrom travel views of Wales from 1890-1900 on our Flickr photostream at www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/. The set is full of castles …

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Lincoln Photos Added to Library's Flickr Stream

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The general webby reaction to our pilot project with Flickr, which launched “The Commons,” has been rather Oliver Twist-like: “More, please!” We started with thousands of Bain news photos from the 1910s and color images from the 1930s and 1940s (a project of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information). For Veterans …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Library Releases Report on Flickr Pilot

Posted by: Matt Raymond

In January, the Library embarked on something that took the online community by storm. In conjunction with Flickr, we loaded a few thousand images from the Library of Congress’ vast collections and asked the user community to get involved: Give us your tags, your comments, your huddled masses … We were essentially conducting an experiment …