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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Ooooooh, shiny!

Early 20th century news photos from the US Library of Congress!

The photos come from the George Grantham Bain Collection, which includes the bulk of the photo files of one of the earliest news picture agencies in the US. The LOC acquired the collection in 1948, but has only recently put the collection online.

I had big fun perusing the collection, and had a hard time picking the photo I'd include in this post. I think I found a winner, though.


Striking tailors in New York, 1910

Striking women tailors on a New York sidewalk, February 1910.
[Photo: George Grantham Bain Collection,
Library of Congress, LC-B2-956-14]


From the description of the collection:

The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s.

Available online are 39,744 glass negatives and a selection of about 1,600 photographic prints for which copy negatives exist. This represents all of the glass plate negatives the Library holds and a small proportion of the 50,000 photographic prints in the collection.

A really cool thing about the Bain Collection photos is that they're not covered by copyright. They can be used and reproduced without restrictions.

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