One of the more interesting digital collections of images I’ve seen online is the New York Public Library collection of images. The site is fairly new, so it looks modern and crisp in it’s design. One of the features on the front page is the recently digitized section. It is really cool to see what comes up as newly digitized. Not only do they have images from New York City in there, they also have old drawings, gay and lesbian historical images, theatrical photography, poster collections, and book art and illustrations, just to name a few.
Some of the content requires a membership, but a good majority of the content included on the site is free to view and to download. I would have used this site to download some of the images, but the Library of Congress website had more of what I needed to accomplish my brochure project.
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For my brochure project, I accessed the Library of Congress digital images collection. While the website may be a bit outdated in modern terms, the site itself has a a large collection of images digitized for the internet. The images in question that I chose for this project were in the World War I collection.
Some information from the website about these posters:
“During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division makes available online approximately 1,900 posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the war, but some German posters date from the post-war period and illustrate events such as the rise of Bolshevism and Communism, the 1919 General Assembly election and various plebiscites.
The majority of the posters were printed in the United States. Posters from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia are included as well. The posters range in style from anonymous broadsides (predominantly text) to graphically vibrant works by well-known designers. The Library acquired these posters through gift, purchase, and exchange or transfer from other government institutions, and continues to add to the collection.”
This is a fascinating website, and it was really interesting to see the varied designs from different nations. I feel that the website should be updated a bit to modern standards but it gets the job done for the images.
For my brochure project, I did World War I Posters from the Library of Congress. For more information, check out my other posts in this tag!