Yesterday, the New York Times blog The Lede posted this news update about Abraham Lincoln and the image sharing website Flickr. In honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial, the blog says, the Library of Congress uploaded 16 never-before-scanned photographs to their Flickr photostream. The 16 pictures, in honor of the 16th president, are a part of a set of 22 photographs on the LoC’s page on Flickr Commons. According to the blog, there are no known copyright restrictions on the pictures.
The pictures are a variety of Lincoln portraits from throughout his life and their presence on FlickR allows users to comment on and tag them like they would any other picture. It’s an interesting look at the combination of 19th photography and 21st century web technology, and is definitely worth a look.