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Tuesday, 31st March 2009

Florida's Archival Photos Spur Web Discussion

Florida's Archival Photos Spur Web Discussion

Palm trees stand sentinel along the Homosassa River beneath a dreamy swirl of clouds setting the stage for one of Florida's iconic images and for viewers worldwide.

"Is this infrared?" asks bglasgow in a comment posted beneath the lurid black-and-white photograph taken in January 1952, one of 600 pictures of Florida now part of a new online collection at www.flickr.com/commons/

"Looks infrared to me," another viewer replies.

Then a representative from the State Library and Archives of Florida, which posted the images, weighs in: Yes, it's infrared.

The institution in February became one of the first state archives in the country to participate in this pilot project launched a year ago by the U.S. Library of Congress and the photo-sharing Web site Flickr. Today there are 23 international museums and libraries from the Smithsonian to the Bibliothèque de Toulouse involved.

Source: TBO.com


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