My aunt, a librarian, proved to me in junior high that librarians can be ahead of the curve when she sent me Vera Bradley years before it became the quilted sensation it now is. My high school library showed me they were tech savvy by using laserdiscs. Now, the Library of Congress has proved they know what’s up by uploading over 5,000 photos to their Flickr photostream.

The photos begin in the Abe Lincoln days and go through the 40’s. In true librarian fashion, they’re well organized and tagged for easy searching. I especially love their stunning photochroms of Norwegian wilderness and the color photos of American life during the Great Depression and WWII. That’s right, life existed in color before the 60’s.

And as if it couldn’t get better, the photos don’t have copyright restrictions. Go nuts!

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