Library of Congress' Flickr Archive and Its Baseball Gems


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Watching Shibe Park, 1910 (LOC), originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has teamed up with Flickr in an attempt to have users help catalog many public domain photos by adding applicable tags.  I even helped the cause by tagging the above photo of Shibe Park with "Philadelphia" and "fans."  There are currently two different sets up on Flickr: a color set from the 1930s and '40s and another black and white from the 1910s.  Flickr's blog announced the project on Wednesday. You can read more about the project here.

Here's another of the crowds outside of Shibe Park at what may be the 1911 World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics.  That was back when Philly actually won something.  A's won!  Chief Bender, pictured here, was the winning pitcher in the decisive game six.  (Update: It could be 1910 when the A's also won.)

Some of my personal favorites included this photo titled "Baseball deadheads," photos of Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, or this photo of what appears to be the 1912 Phillies in Arkansas of all places.

Below is the famous former Athletics manager, and later owner, Connie Mack.

Many of you may remember Mack not only for the stadium which was named after him but also for the statue that sits outside of Citizens Bank Park.  Click that link for some quick reading on the man.

It's an amazing collection.  While the one's tagged "baseball" are certainly an incredible look at what America's past time looked like, there are other amazing photos that are unrelated to sports.  Like these kids on a frozen pond near Brockton, Mass.  Rocky Marciano!

Why don't you all do some browsing and share your favorites in the comments.

>>The Library of Congress Pilot Project [Flickr]

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