Friday, October 9, 2015 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Historical Photos

Sean O’Kane:

You’ve seen images from the Apollo missions before, but you’ve never seen anything like this. More than 8,400 images from NASA’s Moon missions have been uploaded to Flickr at a resolution of 1800 dpi.

NASA didn’t just send astronauts to the Moon to do scientific exploration, it also sent them equipped with a handful of Hasselblad cameras. The images from these cameras were preserved, and many were digitized. But in recent years the screens we use — the ones in our living rooms, on our desks, and even the ones in our pockets — have seen a drastic increase in quality, leaving these photos looking pixelated and fuzzy. Thanks to some tireless work from a few enthusiasts, every photo taken on the Moon (and many of the ones taken on the way there and back) has been uploaded in high resolution to one massive Flickr gallery.

Jason Kottke:

Yale has made 170,000 Library of Congress photos of the US from 1935 to 1945 available online, searchable and sortable in many different ways.

With the county map, it was easy to find photos of my area from the 1930s.

Update (2015-10-14): Dr. Drang:

You may have scrolled through the albums and downloaded a few photos. And you may have thought it would be cool if you could just download all of them. If you have about 60 GB of disk space free, you can.

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