Are You There Library of Congress? It’s Me, Max

Everyone got excited early last month when The Library of Congress created their very own Flickr account, aimed at sharing some old public domain photos with us. I think we all agree that this was and still is a very cool idea on their part, but come on! Don’t they know what Flickr is all about? You can’t just post 3,115 photos in the course of a week and then completely stop for two months. Their last photo (featured above) was posted on January 8th, has 48,430 views at the time of this writing, and 306 favorites. Am I missing something? Is there a strike going on over there at the Library Grande?

Obviously there is an interest in their photos by Joe Q. Public so come on, give us some more! I want to see a photo of a dude driving a tractor through a field wearing some grungy overalls and chewing on a piece of hay. I want to see some Confederate soldiers with their muskets in one hand and a tin cup full of battlefield coffee in the other. You know, cool old photos. What would you like to see?

2 Comments so far

  1. julia (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    That is a stunning photograph, thanks for posting it.


  2. Don (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    I know our sometimes commenter Justin was involved in that project and he’s moved on to another job since, so perhaps they’ve had some staffing issues.

    Or it’s possible this is a sadly typical government offering – good initial rollout, poor maintenance and followup. I hope it’s not true, but I know from personal experience that it’s a common problem when government agencies employ contractors to create new things. Paying for initial projects is way sexier than paying for ongoing maintenance.



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