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100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

From Time Magazine. The background story on every photo is provided.

Carpenter Collection

From U.S. Library of Congress. Photographs produced and gathered by Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924) and his daughter Frances (1890-1972) to illustrate his writings on travel and world geography. Carpenter’s works helped popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the early years of the twentieth century.

China Life – Pacific Pursuits Postcards

NY Public Library Digital Collections. Pacific Pursuits is a collection of postcards that were issued in the first two decades of the twentieth century in various countries and territories of the western Pacific. This ‘China Life’ sub-collection depicts scenes of traditional everyday life.

Americans in the Land of Lenin

750 photographs of every-day life in the Soviet Union (1919-1921 and 1930). Duke Univ. Libraries.

Asia and the Eastern Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs

850 items from the 1870s to the early 20th Century. New York Public Library

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Asian Historical Architecture: A Photographic Survey

A photographic survey of Asia’s architectural heritage. Over 30,000 photos of 1,143 sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours.

Korea A-Z – Pacific Pursuits Postcards

Korea Life – Pacific Pursuits Postcards

Korea Seoul – Pacific Pursuits Postcards

NY Public Library Digital Collections. Pacific Pursuits is a collection of postcards that were issued in the first two decades of the twentieth century in various countries and territories of the western Pacific. These three Korea sub-collections depict buildings, city street scenes, and scenes of traditional everyday life.

Australia on Historypin

1,775 old and not-so-old photos from various locations and events, in the map/photo application “Historypin”. National Archives of Australia

Century of Egyptian photography

13 photos from the mid-20th C to the 21st C. The Guardian

Indonesia – Java

Indonesia – Bali

NY Public Library Digital Collections. Pacific Pursuits is a collection of postcards that were issued in the first two decades of the twentieth century in various countries and territories of the western Pacific. These two Indonesia sub-collections depict some aspects of traditional culture.

China, 1898 – 1908

287 photos by Robert Henry Chandless, at Univ. of Washington Libraries.

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Hand coloured Photos of 19th-century Japan

Albumine prints from the 1880s. The Public Domain Review

Pakistan, Egypt, and European Locations

From NY Public Library. About 37 photos created approximately 1870-1919.

Photographs of Indonesia

From NY Public Library. The photographs were chiefly taken by scholar Claire Holt (1901-1970) during her visits to Indonesia in 1930-1938, 1955-1957, and 1969 to visually document the plastic and performing arts for her research. Many of the photos cover a wide range of dance forms from different ethnic and linguistic groups, and are accompanied with field notes. The collection also contains photos of ancient Hindu and Buddhist architecture and sculpture, principally from Java.

International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960

Images come from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections held at a number of centers in Britain, Europe, and North America. Univ. of Southern California.

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Labadie Photograph Collection

A collection of nearly 1,500 photos documenting the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities from the 19th century to the present. Univ. of Michigan.

The People of India 1868-1875

From NY Public Library Collection of Customs and Costume. About 480 photos from a multi-volume book published by the colonial government of India from 1868 to 1875 entitled, “The People of India: A series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of The Races and Tribes of Hindustan”.

Life in Greenland ca. 1889-1906

25 photos. Retronaut.

Mexican Heritage Project

312 photos. Arizona Memory Project.

Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs 1860-1945

From NY Public Library. About 5,000 photos assembled from various collections.

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Mongolia, ca 1920

Assortment of color photos at the end of an article entitled “In the Land of Kublai Khan” in a 1922 issue of National Geographic magazine.

The Middle East in Early Prints and Photos

From NY Public Library. A collection of about 5,800 images assembled from various collections.

Photographs of Japan

Hand-colored photos of scenes from daily life, from the 1870s to the early 20th century. NY Public Library.

The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs

Photos and illustrations from books about Latin America published in the 19th & early 20th centuries. NY Public Library.

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