Photo: Rural school children, San Augustine County, Texas, 1943 April | Photographer: John Vachon, 1914-1975 | Library of Congress Photo Collections
A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. If you have 3,000 photos ... well, I've done the math for you in the post's title (look slightly above these words).
The U.S. Library of Congress has opened a public Flickr account and has posted just over 3,000 photos so far. Why? They are hoping that the world Web community will help tag many of them. More will surely follow; the LoC photographic collection is beyond extensive.
Get ready to spend hours looking at these images. Wonder at them. Daydream about their subjects. Put yourself in their places. What was life like back then? I chose this image above merely as a sample; so many of the photos are quite moving. In true Flickr fashion, other viewers are leaving comments on the photos, sharing their takes on what they're seeing. (Click on the above image to go to the Flickr page and see what others have said — very interesting.)
Browsing last night, I found my imagination completely sparked. I felt transported back in time. I stared, letting my thoughts wander. Many of these images are staying with me; I'll take them in small portions, as they are so visually strong. Their stories speak loudly.
Read more about this Library of Congress—Flickr partnership on the LoC's own site: "My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven"
Thanks to ExperienceCurve for the heads-up about this (via Twitter).