We've seen the vast collection of images from the Library of Congress Flickr stream; it's a pretty amazing collection of images. The British Library followed suit just recently by posting a treasure trove of images from books published in the 17th to the 19th century.
Looking for ways to spread knowledge on these books, the British Library recently employed the help of Flickr to showcase rare images from earlier centuries. This treasure trove of images has everything from intricate illustrations to some of the earliest photographic portraits.
This move by the British Library is definitely good news to graphic designers, illustrators and avid collage makers since they can use the copyright-free images for their works. Already amassing 1,000,000+ scanned images, the Flickr stream is expected to carry more information and images in the near future. Clicking from page to page is a great history lesson on its own. Some portrait photographs are quite interesting, to say the least.
You can view the images at the British Library’s photostream here.