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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84th division

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Mark Roper Photography

January 19, 2009

With the apartment hunt almost behind me, I’m starting to think about what I’m most excited about–decorating.  I’m pulling together images of spaces, colors and fabrics I like. Several of my swipes include Mark Roper‘s interior shots. See additional photos and his portfolio, which also includes travel, food and people, here.

by Mark Roper

Mark Roper

Mark Roper

Mark Roper