May 25, 2022

National Library of Medicine Joins The Commons on Flickr

From the NLM Circulating Now Blog:

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce its partnership with Flickr as a new member of The Commons.  Public domain images from the History of Medicine Division’s historical collections are now accessible through The Commons on Flickr via a photostream, where visitors are encouraged to contribute information about images by adding comments and tags. Among the hundreds of images available are book illustrations, photographs, fine art work, ephemera, and posters, including the 1918 World War I Red Cross nurse recruitment poster featured above. Visitors will also find albums (collections of images) including selections from the book Hidden Treasure, patent medicine trade cards, and AIDS posters.


[Our emphasis] The images being released to The Commons are a selection of public domain images from the National Library of Medicine’s larger database of digitized images, Images from the History of Medicine (IHM), which includes over 70,000 images illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to the 21st century.

Read the Complete Blog Post, View a Selection of Images

Direct to NLM Photostream on Flickr

See Also: Official Announcement From Flickr (via Flickr Blog)

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