Flickr Commons: A 13th Anniversary and the COVID-19 American Experiences

The following is a guest post by Adam Silvia, Curator of Photography, Prints & Photographs Division. Thirteen years ago, on January 16th, 2008, Flickr announced The Commons, a space where libraries and museums can share photographs with the public, and the public, in turn, can share its collective knowledge with these cultural heritage archives. The […]

Calling All Photo Fans & History Detectives: Flickr Commons, 10th Anniversary

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. It’s a remarkable achievement for any social media program to still be going strong after ten years. But the most important part of the Flickr Commons is the opportunity to talk about pictures without the barriers of time and place. A […]

Another Happy Anniversary Toast to the Flickr Commons!

Nine years ago this month, the Library of Congress, after much planning and discussion, loaded photos for the first time to Flickr and began an extended, gratifying exchange with picture lovers all over the world. That first upload put the Library’s pictures in front of a community whose members enjoy looking closely, appreciating fully, and […]

A Happy Anniversary: Four Years of Sharing on Flickr

Four years ago today we embarked on an experiment to post photographs from Library of Congress collections on the photosharing site, Flickr.  We had done considerable planning, and we were quite clear on our aims: to share images with a community of picture lovers who may not have known that libraries collect pictures, and to […]

Celebrating Eleven Years in the Flickr Commons

Eleven years ago today we posted our first sets of photos in the Flickr Commons, which was created to share treasures from the world’s public archives. Thousands of pictures, views, and comments later, we’re celebrating with a new album of pictures with an “eleven-ish” connection and an invitation to participate in a tagging activity in […]

Come to Our Party: The 7th Birthday of the Flickr Commons

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. You’re invited to play a virtual game that offers a fun way to explore the remarkable Flickr Commons.  A new year of this special collaboration among close to 100 archives, libraries, and museums begins on January 16th. So brace yourself for […]

Flickr Commons: Happy 5th Birthday!

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. Since readers of this blog are fans of pictures, I’d like to introduce you today to the Flickr Commons, where you can enjoy intriguing images gathered together from many places.  Since the Flickr Commons launched on January 16, 2008, more than 250,000 photographs […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a vintage 1883 advertisement for Prang’s Valentine Cards which shows a woman holding a group of tethered cherubs, who float like a bunch of balloons above her head. The advertisement also shows that the sale of Valentine’s greetings has been of commercial importance for well over a century. […]