Free Historic Photos

British stucco and cross-beam buildings

Yes, my friends, you can get something for nothing. My friend Richenda Fairhurst has uploaded part of her collection of public domain historic postcards of scenes and people in Europe to her site at the Historyfish Photochrom Collection. It’s a nice little collection to pick through if you’re into dramatic scenery or quaint costumes or historic silliness of the Victorian era and Ric feels quite passionate about keeping history in the public domain. So, go visit the site, wander around, maybe post a comment to her blog and say “hi!” ‘Cause History is fun to swim in, neh?


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Writer, editor, eccentric pain in the tail, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels.
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2 Responses to Free Historic Photos

  1. Richenda says:

    Hi Kat! Thanks for your kind words about Historyfish. I must admit I do feel that history is a shared thing and so should belong to everyone. I also think that even in a shared space, the photographers should still be acknowledged. It bugs me not a little that while the publisher is well known, unless the photographer was especially known and gifted, such as Darius Kinsey, the photographer often isn’t recorded or remembered. All that’s archived is whatever might still be of monetary value. All those ‘traveling photographers’ left us a real legacy in the form of very beautiful photographs. But of all the photochroms I posted, I was only able to name two or three photographers. 😦
    I also think the penny postcard craze, with its penchant for idealized scapes and scenes right at the turn of the last century, was a godsend as it recorded life before the automobile and its accompanying roads, lots, malls, and industrial smog. What a toll that handy little engine of the industrial age has taken on our Earth and our sanity! lol. And those glossy, idealized postcards just make the whole thing seem a lot more wonderfully nostalgic.
    Love ya!

  2. I love your zeal for keeping these tidbits of history in the public domain. History has a tendency to become dry and dull when relegated to officially sanctioned text-only. Although the pics are a bit idealized and sometimes silly, they at least capture something of the era that is often ignored by “serious” historians–the sheer ridiculousness of Victorian sentimentalizing and sanitizing absolutely everything.

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