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June 24, 2010

Break time

It isn’t that today is without significance – New Jersey colony was founded on this date in 1664, after all – but after ten straight days of fact-packed posts, I declare this particular June 24 a mental health day.  And nothing is better for your mental health than eye candy, so…

From the Photochrom Collection (it has no ‘e’) at my favorite site – the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division– here are five of my favorites.

Knights hall, The Hague -05806r

Algerian food sellers -05570v

Photochroms are photolithographs, the result of a process so complicated I can’t begin to understand it, much less explain it.

Scheveningen, Holland-05865v

The library was given a collection of more than six thousand views of popular 19th century tourist spots in Europe. The photos, unfortunately anonymous, were all taken between 1890 and 1900.

Whitby Abbey -09082v

Donkeys for hire -09106v

Most of them are just gorgeous, although there is a surfeit of views of the Alps. But many are perfect for printing and framing or making note cards out of.  Follow the link and pick your own,  or explore the Edward Curtis or WPA collections there.  Have fun.

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1 Comment »

  1. Love the eye candy thank you

    Comment by avery zia — June 24, 2010 @ 8:24 pm | Reply


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