Now Online: 2.2 Million Images from the Early Days of Photography
We know how it is. You want lots and lots of olde-tymey pictures of men with big mustaches and ladies in absurd hats, but you just don’t know where to go. Fret no more, friends: Europeana Photography has got them all.
The archive has just launched an expansive library of downloadable images from the first century of photography, including shots from legends like Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, and Louis Daguerre.
The Europeana project and PHOTOCONSORTIUM collected scanned photographs and documents from museums, archives, and libraries in 34 different European countries. Curated sets include stereoscopes, cyanotypes, and cartes de visite, with more special exhibitions to come.
The database is searchable, downloadable, and shareable, and many of the images are in the public domain. So get clicking, because those 19th-century memes aren’t going to make themselves.