Last Thursday, The British Library announced it has released over 1 million images onto Flickr commons into the public domain for any person to use, remix and re-purpose. The images are taken from books of the 17th to 19th centuries and some are truly fascinating. The images can be accessed here, but a word of warning, once you’ve begun browsing through them it’s very difficult to stop, so make sure you have plenty of spare time at your disposal.
Click on an image in the gallery to browse through some I’ve selected.
- British Library uploads more than a million public domain images to Flickr (wired.co.uk)
- British Library Flickr images (crenellatedarts.wordpress.com)
- The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix (openculture.com)