The Blessings of Technology
History is either something you love or something you hate, but what better way to appreciate it than by having a photograph to commemorate it. National archives and libraries from around the world have already started to release their photographs online for people to scrounge through. What is so beautiful about them, is that the photographer never usually paid much attention to how the photograph was constructed, but more so focused on documenting whatever event was going on in front of him/her.
What they left us with is now an astounding number of photographs documenting everything from tea parties, soldiers returning from the war, the great depression and school science trips. There is also costume dressing, potato baking and house moving. Photographers of the bygone era loved to capture people doing whatever felt natural to them. Not only did they capture people, but they loved photographing landscapes, technology and they were especially infatuated with anything that moved; especially trains (one of the first films to be made was of a train docking into a station and then proceeding to leave again).
So, we thought we’d share with you 20 photographs that we’ve found from the national archives and libraries of Ireland, Scotland, Queensland, New York and Brooklyn. The expressions on people’s faces, the clothes that they were wearing – they are all memories. They are all stories in somebody’s life.
Date: 1908 – 1914 (On a Sunday). From The National Archives of Ireland
Date: Circa 1890 Location: Tipperary town, Ireland From: The National Archives of Ireland
Date: Unknown, From the National Media Museum
Date: November 9, 1942 Location: 65th Street J.W.B. Club, New York City, Photographer: Eagle, Arnold
Date: 1919 Location: Woody Point, Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia Photographer: Unknown
Date: circa 1940 Location: Queensland, Australia Who: boys at a sporting event
Date: Circa 1924 Location: Ireland, From: The National Archives of Ireland
Date: 1920, Title: Nan Haperin, Photographer: Orval Hixon,
Date: Circa 1905 Location: Queensland, Australia
Photographer: Unknown, From: State Library of Queensland
Date: Sunday, 4 July 1909,
Location: Ireland, Who: South Eastern Wheelers, Mk. II
Date: 15 August 1945, Location: Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Australian War Memorial
Date: circa 1915 Location: Maryborough, Queensland Who: Maryborough Girls Grammar School cricket team, From: National Library of Queensland
Date: circa 1915 Location: Queensland, Australia From: National Library of Queensland
Date: April 1943 Location: North Queensland, Australia. From: National Library of Queensland
Date: Circa 1890 Loction: Ireland From: National Archives of Ireland
Date: circa 19 July 1919 Location: Swanston street, Melbourne Australia. From: Australian War Memorial
4. Probably one of the best class photos around (the teacher is standing on a chair).
Date: May 1935 Location: Ireland, Who: Good Counsel College, Wexford (boys boarding school)
Date: Circa 1917-1927 Location: Rankin Street, Innisfail, Who: Boy sitting on a car during the flood
Date: September 10, 1942 Title: American soldier with Joey
Photographer: John Earl (Earl) McNeil
Date: Circa 1902-1903
Location: Ireland, River Lee, for the Cork Exhibition
You can visit the archives at www.flickr.com/commons