I might be a bit late on this “discovery” but recently I’ve become aware of how good a source Facebook can in fact be, when it comes to historic pictures. If you look in the right places, there are plenty of interesting galleries with photos, paintings and images from history. Of course I will not recommend using pictures from Facebook in academic work or articles, but when you are looking for pictures for your work, it can be a really good inspiration. Below I take a look at a few pages from Facebook that are interesting for the historic images:
Historic Photos & Prints of Breastfeeding
“Woman Breastfeeding” by Adam Elsheimer. Date unknown (late 16th or early 17th Century)
A social study into the act of breast feeding throughout history, from ancient times up until today. Or as the creators of the page write: “We seek to educate & inform society until breastfeeding is once again just another part of daily life & a mother nursing her child publicly is so common place that no one even thinks twice.”
Old Libyan Photos
The Gharian Lady drawn in 1943 by Clifford Saber of the British 8th Army.
The Arab Spring not only brought political change to conflict-ridden region, but also opened up for it’s citizens to look into parts of their history that was earlier forgotten or outright banned from being studied.
Discarding images (absurdities in medieval paintings)
Verdun, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 107, fol. 137v (Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305)
Sometimes medieval art just had a certain level of absurdity to it. Whether you are interested in medieval history or just find Monty Python and the Holy Grail to be a great movie, this page is a place to look for weird, absurd and outright offensive pieces of medieval art.
Then and Now Ghosts of History
Dam Square shooting 1945 Amsterdam, then & now
Then and Now Ghosts of History is not a page showing old photos as such. Instead it is a page showing the work of Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, who combines old and new photos of the same places to bring the past and the present together in a very interesting way. As such the pictures are not of great use as an academic source, but they are very interesting and a good way of reminding us of the history that surrounds us.