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Grain Elevators
25 photos
Grain elevators, operated with steam power starting in the 1840s, sped up the process of unloading grain from trains and boats and kept the grain safe and dry before it was sold. The striking...

Mystery Stereographs
25 photos
The Marian S. Carson Collection contains exceptional early American prints, drawings, and photographs, including over 1,000 stereographs—paired photographs that give the illusion of three...

African American Activists
39 photos
In tribute to African American History Month, please enjoy these portraits of African American activists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The images are frequently requested by...

Nature's Holiday Décor of Yore
20 photos
These historical graphics from the United States remind us of the many gifts of nature that were traditionally incorporated into celebrations of the winter season. Looking for more inspiration from...

Coffee or Tea?
34 photos
Do you like to start your day with a hot cup of joe? Or do you prefer a nice cup of tea? Whatever beverage gets you going, all of these images should warm you up on a chilly day. Then let your cup...


It's Raining Umbrellas
33 photos
Come rain or come shine, an umbrella is the perfect accessory. Sample an array of umbrellas and parasols popping up in a variety of contexts in Library of Congress pictures. Want to see more? Pop...

You Say Tomato!
25 photos
You say tomato, I say great image! Whether called tomato, love apple, or solanum lycopersicum, this red fruit, can be enjoyed in a sauce, as part of a Caprese salad, or eaten fresh off the vine....

Beaches & Boardwalks
25 photos
People out and about on beaches and boardwalks are a sure sign that it’s time for some summer fun in the sun. You can enjoy these images from the comfort of your home and avoid the...

220th Birthday Salute to the Library of Congress
16 photos
Your favorite national Library in the U.S. celebrated its 220th birthday on April 24, 2020! Starting on our birthday, we posted pictures about different aspects of the Library for a week. Please also...

Flickr Commons 12th Anniversary Mystery Photos...
13 photos
Celebrating 12 years of sharing through the Flickr Commons with a pictorial countdown and a challenge! We posted 13 uncaptioned photographs leading up to the 12th Flickr Commons anniversary in 2020...


Purrfect Cats
48 photos
Examples of cat images from the 18th to the 21st centuries illustrate that felines have regularly provided inspiration to artists working in many media. From the deft wash drawing of Hokusai...

Angels of the Battlefields: Nurses
35 photos
View the faces of the nineteenth century women who marshaled resources, medical skill, and courage to offer help in wartime. Florence Nightingale is credited with being the founder of modern nursing...

Flickr Commons 11th Anniversary Extravaganza
22 photos
Celebrating 11 years of sharing through the Flickr Commons with pictures having an “eleven-ish” connection (some of the connections are subtle!). For reflections on the many benefits the of...

Civil War Veterans
30 photos
We salute veterans of the American Civil War and other wars in which members of the U.S. armed forces fought, as well as the nurses who provided vital support, with these portraits from the...

Baseball Americana
24 photos
For the enjoyment of sports fans and photo fans alike, this set of old (old) pictures illustrates how baseball came to be known as the “national pastime” in the United States. You’ll see...


Not an Ostrich
30 photos
To engage interest in American history and culture, more than 250 rights-free photographs were among the 440 images selected for a lively exhibition called “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from...

Emily Howland Photograph Album
48 photos
A previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman is now available online, among 48 abolitionists, suffragists, teachers, and statesmen gathered together in a photo album that belonged to Emily...

1930s-40s in Color
1615 photos
These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration...

News in the 1910s
26339 photos
Welcome to the daily news scene from almost a hundred years ago, as photographed by the Bain News Service in about 1910-1912. We invite your tags and comments! Also, lots more identification...

Great Comments! THANK YOU!
57 photos
(2012 Update) Redoubling our thanks on the fourth anniversary of our participation in Flickr, we have added some more examples of wonderful contributions from Flickr members. For further reflections...


Photochrom Travel Views
2403 photos
A love of travel inspires so many photos on Flickr that we hope you'll enjoy taking a century-old "grand tour." Our Photochrom Print Collection shows Europe, the Middle East, and Canada as...

Civil War Faces
1225 photos
In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Liljenquist Family recently donated their rare collection of almost 700 ambrotype and...

Gottlieb Jazz Photos
1601 photos
Celebrated jazz artists come to life in photographs by William P. Gottlieb. His images document the jazz scene in New York City and Washington, D.C., from 1938 to 1948, a time recognized by many as...

Roadside America
2705 photos
Take a journey along U.S. main streets, byways, and highways through photographs taken by John Margolies between 1969 and 2008. We’ll be continuously adding images from the Margolies archive of...

Mystery Photos — What's the Story?
72 photos
Have a look at these uncaptioned photographs and see if you can figure out what the story is behind them. The studio of Harris & Ewing (George Washington Harris and Martha Ewing) photographed...


Random Wonders
102 photos
A wonderfully random introduction to the fascinating pictures available to all through the many different collections at the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs research center.

Flickr Commons 10th Anniversary Countdown
10 photos
A pictorial countdown to our 10th anniversary of sharing images in the Flickr Commons. For reflections on the many benefits the ten years of sharing in Flickr have brought, see these Prints and...

Meet More Treasures
26 photos
The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog has a great new look and a new address: www.loc.gov/pictures This set of images introduces 25 more of the Library of Congress’ remarkable visual...

Your LOC Favorites
19 photos
Could you pick just ten favorite photographs from the LOC account on Flickr? More than 20 people took up the challenge and created great galleries, often with interesting comments about why a...

FSA/OWI Favorites
25 photos
“Migrant Mother,” by Dorothea Lange, is the most famous photo in the Library of Congress. This 1936 portrait of Florence Thompson and her children symbolizes both economic hardship and the...


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
22 photos
Photography figured prominently in Abraham Lincoln’s life. The 200th anniversary of his birth offers a fitting occasion to enjoy treasured portraits from the Library of Congress collections....

Frequent Flyer Favorites
29 photos
A core group of regular contributors identifies new photographs each week and alerts the Flickr Commons group to what's new. To highlight their good work in 2013, we asked for their...

Mystery Pictures - Solved!
29 photos
TERRIFIC! We initially asked for help to identify 22 travel views. Within a few days, Flickr members had identified every single photo. With: great confirmation from old & new pictures, links...

Russian Empire in Color
38 photos
Here's a hearty toast to Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii--the master of early color photography in Russia, on the occasion of his 150th birthday, August 30, 2013! Please try your own hand at...

Child Labor & Lewis Hine
76 photos
Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) portrayed working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908...


Celebrating Flickr Commons
29 photos
When Flickr launched The Commons on January 16, 2008, they created a new opportunity for all of us to enjoy historical photographs in a more networked way. To mark this 5th birthday, the Library of...

War of the Nations, 1919
50 photos
During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images. Rotogravure printing, which produced...

World War I Panoramas
15 photos
These long panoramic photographs show U. S. military personnel and camps, patriotic parades, and European battlefields and cemeteries related to WWI. We invite your tags and comments! Want to see...

Bridges
14 photos
The Flickr Commons has connected us all so well to a bounty of historic photo collections that we selected glorious pictures of bridges to count down to the Jan. 16th official anniversary in 2016....

Women Striving Forward, 1910s–40s
42 photos
Originally compiled to commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8), we continue to add pictures that highlight the many arenas in which women have striven individually and collectively not...


LOC Itself
35 photos
To provide an online tour of the LOC for everyone, this set offers photos from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive. Symbols of knowledge and wisdom abound in the Thomas Jefferson Building, which opened to...

Best of Civil War Faces
61 photos
Our collection of rare portraits from the American Civil War has grown so wonderfully large that we asked the donor, Tom Liljenquist, to pick out his 30 favorites as an introduction. Only 30? Not...

America's Cup
23 photos
Sail through nearly twenty years of America's Cup challenges through this album, selected by Flickr member Charley Seavey. Drawing on his knowledge of this historic match race and his close...

Top Favorites
30 photos
A gathering of images that Flickr members favorited the most during the first ten years of the Library of Congress participation in the Flickr Commons (2008-2018).

Japanese Prints: Seasons & Places
25 photos
In Japanese culture, art, and literature, the four seasons are often linked with famous places (meisho), annual festivals, and the thoughtful appreciation of natural phenomena including winter snow,...


Muybridge & Animal Locomotion
26 photos
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge (April 9, 1830 - May 8, 1904), was an early innovator in the recording of movement. Muybridge used multiple cameras to record successive phases of movement and...

Happy New Year!
26 photos
Among the many ways to celebrate the start of a new year, the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the most colorful. Photographer Carol M. Highsmith captured the exuberance of the...

Story of the Blue Garden
23 photos
Every photo is a story waiting to be discovered. Using Frances Benjamin Johnston's lantern slides as a jumping off point, Prints and Photographs Division reference librarian Kristi Finefield...

Gardening in Color
682 photos
May the beauty captured in these historical magic lantern slides inspire you with new gardening ideas. Or, make you wonder how these places look today. (Please post pictures of what you find in the...

Photographer in the Picture
53 photos
Update 8/19/11: More inspiration! Some of the suggestions you made spurred thoughts of how we could commemorate two anniversaries: •the opening salvos of the Civil War and the beginning of the...


Mystery Houses
68 photos
We need your help to identify 68 photos of historic structures. The photographer, Frances Benjamin Johnston, did leave a basic clue for each image—the state and county name. So much more could be...

Civil Rights -- A Long Road
20 photos
Photographers working in the 1930s and 1940s for the Farm Security Administration documented social and economic conditions experienced by African Americans that called out for redress. In the...

WPA Posters
50 photos
When making your New Year’s resolutions this year, why not take some advice from the New Deal? Many of these WPA posters offer maxims that are just as relevant today as they were 75 years ago. To...

Bookplate Challenge
25 photos
This album of bookplates (aka Ex Libris) features exquisite, tiny works of art that reflect the personal sensibilities of their owners. We challenge you to find portraits for these people and post...

Illustrated Newspaper Supplements
463 photos
Step back in time to see the news as it happened! This set of cover pages from the New York Tribune illustrated supplements begins with the year 1909. The pages are derived from the Chronicling...


Gilded Age Humor
25 photos
Welcome to Puck--a weekly humor magazine founded by the talented artist and cartoonist Joseph Keppler in the mid-1870s, commenting on political and social issues of the day. Its popularity grew with...

Framing the West
22 photos
Welcome to a visual feast of iconic landscapes, from the Carson Desert sand dunes to the Canyon de Chelly, the dramatic Shoshone Falls, and more! Master photographer Timothy O’Sullivan...

Gettysburg
16 photos
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1-3, 1863, at a small town in Pennsylvania. With an estimated 50,000 Confederate and Union casualties, the battle was a major turning point in the...

Civil War - 3D Viewing
20 photos
The start of the American Civil War in 1861 coincided with a surge in stereo photography—a technique that makes it possible to see photos with three-dimensional depth. A pair of images combines...