Sunday, August 8, 2010
Blast from the past
When I first saw the photos in early 2008, I realized there were 1600 color pictures and 160,000 black and white pictures. What to do? Well, right off the bat, I knew I couldn't possibly peruse 160,000 pictures. But 1600 seemed like a "doable" objective. Afterall, it was the depth of the 2007-2008 Idaho Winter. What else are you going to do? So I went through ALL 1,600 photos. I decided to take a common theme and make a small slide show from what I found in those photos. On March 22, 2008, I published it in our Google Picasa website. It's only about 3 dozen pictures out of 1,600! You can click here to see it.
When Gary sent along the Denver Post's presentation of "Bound For Glory," it re-excited my love for these photos. It's a great way to see some of the best of the best of those 1600 photos. I remember each of them well as I was going through that collection. Like I said, they get etched in your brain and you can't forget them even if you tried. Click here to see the Post's site. The Post has done a much better job of making the show "Bound For Glory" available than did the LOC itself. Back in 2008 it was much easier to gain access to all of the public domain photos. Yeah, they are all still available but you have to jump more hoops to see them easily than I did back in 2008. Go figure. Anyway, click here for the LOC's webpage on the "Bound For Glory" show. If you surf around from links on the above page, you might eventually find a portal to all 1600 color photos. It's worth the effort and, if you have nothing better to do, I'd heartily recommend that you look at ALL 1,600 of them. Each and every one of them is truly amazing. There are no duds. It's easily one of the finest photographic representations of America both during the pre-war, post-depression phase as well as during the early war mobilization phase. Prepare to be amazed!
PS--Ironically, I picked out 2 of the 70 photos from "Bound For Glory" for my own slide show without knowing that were the LOC's top picks, too. I've put one of my choices in common with the show at the top of this post. My other 3 faves from the LOC's 70 top picks out of the 1600 photos are below.
Posted by John Parsons at 8:40 PM