Today’s photograph comes by way of my newest favorite resource, Flickr. I do realize Flickr is far from new, but recently they have really changed things up, and so I did some poking around the site last week and discovered a great feature, The Commons. The Commons is a collective of photos from institutions who have agreed to post items from their collections on flickr. These items have “no known copyright restrictions” and so are released for use by the public.
As with any use, the photos should be properly identified and linked to Flickr. The photo I used is from the University of Washington, and was made by amateur photographer, Ambroise Kiehl, and is labeled Picnic at beach below Magnolia Bluff, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1915. What makes the Flickr feature so great is that if a user were to recognize any of the persons in any of the photos, that user can leave a comment, and thus add to the information available about each item. It’s another way the internet is helping increase the body of historical research. thanks to Beth for putting me on to Flickr
And now for the news:
* Photographer Jaime C. Moore styled her little girl as women from history for her 5th birthday portraits.
* Who knew that one of the fringe benefits of working at a museum was the dandy home decorating service?
* Some museums are starting to loosen up on the “No Photos” policies. I could have used that last week when I got my hand slapped for taking a photo in a special exhibition at the National Gallery. (Purely by accident. Really.)
* There are great difficulties in cleaning a sari.
* From 1924 to 1926 photographer Claude Friese-Greene filmed life in London in color. Watch the film and be amazed at all the bus traffic! thanks to Christina for the link
* Fashionista decided to give its readers a fashion history lesson. Entitled “10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” it’s a reminder that even in our fashion-crazed world there is still a real need for fashion history education.
* Anna Piaggi was long known for her eclectic fashion style, but no one knew the extent of the contents of her closets until after she died last year. Now, what does one do with it all?
* And finally from Metal Flowers Media: