While many Prints & Photographs Division staff are working separately from their home offices, dens, and living rooms, pictures never fail to bring us together. In the waning days of summer, it’s a pleasure to immerse ourselves in the pictures that we gathered in response to seek-and-find challenges offered by reference specialist Jan Grenci. We shared the results in two new Flickr albums.
The Beaches & Boardwalks album selections remind us that sun, sand, surf, and the occasional hot dog or beach spectacle have long offered diversion.
I enjoyed the contrast between the the well-covered beach visitors in the background of this picture and the relatively bare-skinned lifeguard, still retaining the formality of an official cap:
This one gives a whole new meaning to “well-covered”:
Others that offered me vicarious pleasure:
The You Say Tomato album illustrates that tomatoes have inspired documentation and artistic renderings of all kinds, perhaps often (but not always) fueled by their luscious color:
And who can resist a slightly apprehensive marching tomato?
Whether or not expanses of sea and sand or marching tomatoes catch your fancy, stay tuned! We’re busy gathering pictures on more themes for upcoming Flickr albums.
- View the Beaches & Boardwalks and You Say Tomato Flickr albums, or select among the many other albums we have compiled.
- If you want more pictures on these these themes, wade into the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog to view images relating to bathing beaches, boardwalks and surfing and sample an array of images relating to fruits (of which the tomato is one!) and vegetables.
- Read about the Library of Congress Flickr project and review some of our previous blog posts highlighting our Flickr activities.
- Explore a new Flickr activity we launched this month through the Library of Congress blog post, “Library Seeks Pictures of Pandemic Experiences”