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The 15 Best Historical Photo Collections You Should Be Following On Flickr

Flickr is still the best place to discover amazing and historic images from library and historical society collections. If you're a history buff, prepare to lose hours pouring through these accounts.

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1. Swedish National Heritage Board

Carl Persson, Betsede, Uppland, Sweden. 1929.
Flickr: swedish_heritage_board

Carl Persson, Betsede, Uppland, Sweden. 1929.

Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia. 1930s
Einar Erici / Via Flickr: swedish_heritage_board

Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia. 1930s

2. Boston Public Library

Anti-war rally, Soldiers Field, Allston. 1970.
SPENCER GRANT / Via Flickr: boston_public_library

Anti-war rally, Soldiers Field, Allston. 1970.

Benson Farm animals N.H., 1934
Flickr: boston_public_library

Benson Farm animals N.H., 1934

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3. Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln, 1860.
Flickr: library_of_congress

Abraham Lincoln, 1860.

Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia. ca. 1899.
Flickr: library_of_congress

Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia. ca. 1899.

Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946
Flickr: library_of_congress

Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946

4. Montana State University Library

Repairing a Bicycle, ca. 1895
Flickr: msulibrary

Repairing a Bicycle, ca. 1895

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Large Yellowstone Nation Park Bison Herd
Flickr: msulibrary

Large Yellowstone Nation Park Bison Herd

Rochester Saloon, Madison County, Montana, ca. 1890
Flickr: msulibrary

Rochester Saloon, Madison County, Montana, ca. 1890

5. The U.S. National Archives

Maine State Society Lobster Dinner, 1951.
Flickr: usnationalarchives

Maine State Society Lobster Dinner, 1951.

Bill Clinton with Socks the Cat, 1993.
Flickr: usnationalarchives

Bill Clinton with Socks the Cat, 1993.

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George Bush, Captain of the Yale Baseball Team, Receives Babe Ruth's Manuscript of His Autobiography which He Was Donating to Yale. 1948.
Flickr: usnationalarchives

George Bush, Captain of the Yale Baseball Team, Receives Babe Ruth's Manuscript of His Autobiography which He Was Donating to Yale. 1948.

St. Gil, Marc / Via Flickr: usnationalarchives

6. SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Digital Library

Konyak Naga boy holding kittens, Wakching, Nagaland, India. 1937
Flickr: digital-soas

Konyak Naga boy holding kittens, Wakching, Nagaland, India. 1937

Sherpa man, Nepal, 1957.
Flickr: digital-soas

Sherpa man, Nepal, 1957.

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7. London School of Economics Library

Women's Hockey XI , 1923-1924
Flickr: lselibrary

Women's Hockey XI , 1923-1924

Dealers in Fancy-Ware, 1877.
Flickr: lselibrary

Dealers in Fancy-Ware, 1877.

8. Powerhouse Museum Collection (Australian historic photos)

Kangaroo, 1890s.
Flickr: powerhouse_museum

Kangaroo, 1890s.

Portrait of a young woman in fancy dress, 1895-1905
Flickr: powerhouse_museum

Portrait of a young woman in fancy dress, 1895-1905

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9. Greater Manchester Police

Oldham Motocycle Inspection, date unknown.
Flickr: gmpolice1

Oldham Motocycle Inspection, date unknown.

Police surveying after bombing, 1940.
Flickr: gmpolice1

Police surveying after bombing, 1940.

10. Historical Society of Lake Pleasant and Speculator (NY state)

Ski jump, date unknown.
Flickr: hist125

Ski jump, date unknown.

Bear hunting, date unknown.
Flickr: hist125

Bear hunting, date unknown.

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11. Wisconsin Historical Images

Portrait of Caroline Webb Family, 1910.
Flickr: whsimages

Portrait of Caroline Webb Family, 1910.

A group of now-extinct passenger pigeons, (before 1911)
Flickr: whsimages

A group of now-extinct passenger pigeons, (before 1911)

12. Minnesota Historical Society

Vintage underwear ad
Flickr: minnesotahistoricalsociety

Vintage underwear ad

Canning winners at the state fair, 1917
Flickr: minnesotahistoricalsociety

Canning winners at the state fair, 1917

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13. Cambridge Historical Society

Annie B. (Chapman) Farley, 1906-1916
Flickr: 38861678@N03

Annie B. (Chapman) Farley, 1906-1916

Julie E. L. Eggleston Smith, 1886.
Flickr: 38861678@N03

Julie E. L. Eggleston Smith, 1886.

14. Swindon Collection, Central Library

Ammunition workers, Swindon, UK 1916
Flickr: swindonlocal

Ammunition workers, Swindon, UK 1916

Edith New, a Swindon Suffragette, 1906.
Flickr: swindonlocal

Edith New, a Swindon Suffragette, 1906.