Sure, Flickr is a great place to share wacky vacation photos with your friends or to announce that you have the most adorable dog in the world, but did you know that it is also a really cool place to find images of historic artifacts?

Of course, you can always check Flickr Commons for collections from a wide variety of cultural institutions like The Field Museum or the Smithsonian. However, if you are looking for images a little closer to home, then why not check out Rare Books and Manuscripts’ Flickr site? For instance, you can travel back to 1851 and visit the Crystal Palace, explore noted Baltimore landmarks of the early 19th century, or even get a first-hand look at ephemera relating to France’s notorious Dreyfus Affair. Once you’ve had your fill of digital images, stop by our department on A-Level and request to view the real thing!

More sets will be added in the upcoming months, so definitely add our Flickr site to your favorites and check back often! And, if you have any questions about the materials, or would like to make a suggestion about collections to add to the site, feel free to e-mail your friendly RBM staff. After all, we are here to help you!


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