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Last week the Library of Congress launched a pilot project with Flickr--the popular photo-sharing website--to publish more than 3,000 photos from its collections, including 1,600+ color photographs taken by photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration, and later the Office of War Information, during the 1930s and 40s. “We want people to tag, comment and make notes on the images, just like any other Flickr photo,” writes Library of Congress Director of Communications Matt Raymond , “which will benefit not only the community but also the collections themselves.” According to Flickr, this marks the website's first collaboration with a civic institution to facilitate giving people a voice in describing the content of a publicly held photography collection.

This photograph, taken by David Bransby in 1942, shows a woman aircraft worker checking electrical assemblies at the Vega Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California. It has been viewed more than 35,000 times since it was uploaded to Flickr on January 8.
This photograph, taken by David Bransby in 1942, shows a woman aircraft worker checking electrical assemblies at the Vega Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California. It has been viewed more than 35,000 times since it was uploaded to Flickr on January 8.
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