Over 14 Million Public Domain Images to Use with Students in Class

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July 24, 2015
After posting about the voluminous amounts of  historical footages uploaded and provided for free on YouTube, we are sharing with you another excellent resource but this time for historical images. Internet Archive Book Images Flickr page provides over 14 millions of historical images extracted from 2 million Internet Archive public domaine ebooks.

This huge project, realized by a Yahoo researcher from Georgetown university named Kalev Leetaru, enables the general public to visually search content spanning over 500 years. Each image comes wrapped with a brief textual description providing the readers with a title of the book from which it was extracted, year of publication, authors, publisher, text snippets appearing before and after the image and many more.

To search for any image on Internet Archive Book Image, type in a key word in the search box as shown below and sift through the results.

Here is an image we uncovered using the search query’ Telephone' . The image, as explained in the page, is from  page 86 of "Bell telephone magazine" (1922).

Courtesy of Open Culture and Dawson ITE