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.

20.

Date: 1908 – 1914 (On a Sunday). From The National Archives of Ireland

19.

Date: Circa 1890 Location: Tipperary town, Ireland

Date: Circa 1890 Location: Tipperary town, Ireland From: The National Archives of Ireland

18.

Date: Unknown, From the National Media Museum

Date: Unknown, From the National Media Museum

17.

Date: November 9, 1942 Location: 65th Street J.W.B. Club, New York City, Photographer: Eagle, Arnold

Date: November 9, 1942 Location: 65th Street J.W.B. Club, New York City, Photographer: Eagle, Arnold

16.

Date: 1919 Location: Woody Point, Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia Photographer: Unknown

Date: 1919 Location: Woody Point, Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia Photographer: Unknown

15.

Date: circa 1940 Location: Queensland, Australia Who: boys at a sporting event

Date: circa 1940 Location: Queensland, Australia Who: boys at a sporting event

14.

Date: Circa 1924 Location: Ireland

Date: Circa 1924 Location: Ireland, From: The National Archives of Ireland

13.

Date: 1920, Title: Nan Haperin, Photographer: Orval Hixon,

Date: 1920, Title: Nan Haperin, Photographer: Orval Hixon,

12.

Date: Circa 1905 Location: Queensland, Australia Photographer: Unknown

Date: Circa 1905 Location: Queensland, Australia
Photographer: Unknown, From: State Library of Queensland

11.

Date: Sunday, 4 July 1909,  Location: Ireland, Who: South Eastern Wheelers, Mk. II

Date: Sunday, 4 July 1909,
Location: Ireland, Who: South Eastern Wheelers, Mk. II

10.

Date: 15 August 1945, Location: Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. Photographer: Unknown

Date: 15 August 1945, Location: Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Australian War Memorial

9.

Date: circa 1915 Location: Maryborough, Queensland Who: Maryborough Girls Grammar School cricket team

Date: circa 1915 Location: Maryborough, Queensland Who: Maryborough Girls Grammar School cricket team, From: National Library of Queensland

8.

Date: circa 1915 Location: Queensland, Australia

Date: circa 1915 Location: Queensland, Australia From: National Library of Queensland

7.

Date: April 1943 Location: North Queensland, Australia.

Date: April 1943 Location: North Queensland, Australia. From: National Library of Queensland

6.

Date: Circa 1890 Loction: Ireland

Date: Circa 1890 Loction: Ireland From: National Archives of Ireland

5.

Date: circa 19 July 1919 Location: Swanston street, Melbourne Australia.

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: May 1935 Location: Ireland, Who: Good Counsel College, Wexford (boys boarding school)

3.

Date: Circa 1917-1927 Location: Rankin Street, Innisfail,  Who: Boy sitting on a car during the flood

Date: Circa 1917-1927 Location: Rankin Street, Innisfail, Who: Boy sitting on a car during the flood

2.

Date: September 10, 1942 Title: American soldier with Joey Photographer: John Earl (Earl) McNeil

Date: September 10, 1942 Title: American soldier with Joey
Photographer: John Earl (Earl) McNeil

1.

Date: Circa 1902-1903 Location: Ireland, River Lee, for the Cork Exhibition

Date: Circa 1902-1903
Location: Ireland, River Lee, for the Cork Exhibition

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