Fav Freebie :: NYPL Digital Library

So I'd heard before that you can get lost in the digital stacks of the New York Public Library online gallery, but, brothers and sisters, I not only got lost, I feared I may never return to the land of non-computerized living. It is absolutely amazing what lies in its archives, and everyone from the history buff (like the hubs, who got lost looking at maps...oh the irony), to the design-lover can find something over which to drool.

The first thing I did was type in "St. Louis," since, like all Gateway-to-the-West dwellers, I'm obsessed with the city. And there were loads of amazing photos from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, most encompassing the St. Louis Exposition (a.k.a. 1904 World's Fair). It was so fun to see actual images of what all the hubbub looked like back then, and I was particularly fond of these shots...

After visions of Judy Garland and Meet Me in St. Louis swam out of my head, I came across a collection that had a ton of zoology images. And me being the animal-lover I am, I mean, how could I not click around there for a while? Here were some of my favorite finds. I think they'd make really neat wall decor if you printed them out and framed them...

And, finally, I spent most of my time swooning over the Ornament and Pattern: Pre-Victorian to Art Deco collection. There is a TON of design and pattern inspiration in here, and I'm definitely going back on my lunch break. :)

Aren't they lovely? *Sigh*

Okay...now you have your homework for lunchtime or when you get home. Trust me, you'll have a ball! :)


  1. Wow- how did I not know about this? Thank you for sharing.

  2. There are many digital libraries around the world. My favorites are; American Memory at the Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html though I think it's interface is a little clunky; Michigan State University's Feeding America collection http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/index.html because I love me some old cookbooks and of course my personal favorite (because I started and manage it) the University of Houston Digital Library http://digital.lib.uh.edu/

  3. Wow, thanks for sharing all those sites, Michele! That's amazing that you've started a digital collection! I'll have to check it out. I'll also probably lose several hours today perusing through the one with old cookbooks! :)


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