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Title: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: JodyJS on November 22, 2021, 11:45 AM
Preferably searchable by location and/or date. Thanks!
Title: Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 22, 2021, 06:59 PM
Look for historical societies with online archives at your location. To me, that would be the best bet. Good luck.
Title: Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: dewsanddamps on November 22, 2021, 10:31 PM
National Archives and Library of Congress.
Title: Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: dinalapomy101 on November 23, 2021, 07:24 AM
Your local library system -- or the system in the geographical area you are looking for -- may have a database of photos.
Title: Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: Brian Garrison on November 23, 2021, 08:42 AM
Is there a more specific theme that would narrow the options? (cityscapes, people, fashion, art/museum collections, toys, etc.). I enjoy the curiosities presented in the Public Domain Review.

They have a general list of collections:
https://publicdomainreview.org/collections

And they have regular articles that highlight certain themes, such as this one about games:
https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/progress-in-play-board-games-and-the-meaning-of-history



Another place that lists a wide range of collections is the Internet Archive:
https://archive.org
Title: Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
Post by: JodyJS on November 23, 2021, 11:08 AM
Thanks, all! I've used many of these successfully. I'll try the others.

I find the LOC database really difficult to navigate, unfortunately. Do you have to have the special handshake?  :grin3

Thanks again!