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Flickr Commons Turns 5

The staff of San Francisco's Station "B" Post Office poses in front of their building.

San Francisco Postal Workers

Five years ago  Flickr Commons was launched as a partnership between the Flickr image sharing website and the Library of Congress.  They had two primary goals. The first was to increase access to publicly-held photography collections. The second was to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. During the past 5 years more than 250,000 photographs with “no known copyright restrictions” have been contributed by 56 libraries, archives, and museums worldwide.  Many of the photographs have comments which provide additional information and details.

Search the collection and see if you can find any images to use in your family history. The image shown here of the staff of San Francisco’s Station “B” Post Office posing in front of their building was taken in 1890. Check out the Library of Congress blog post to see which images are the “fan favorites.” Each week additional images are added to this amazing collection.

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