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Shorpy – a Photo Blog Pioneer

I like Shorpy, “the 100 year-old photo blog”:

Shorpy.com is a photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. We’re starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee

It’s a creative way to present historical content, doing so in a way the mimics an old newspaper. The old photos are effective at bringing back the feel of time that looks more than 100 years ago:

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Our Gang: 1910: Jefferson Street Gang of newsboys at 10 P.M. over campfire in corner lot behind bill-board. Jefferson Street near Olive, St. Louis. May 7, 1910

And the site is pretty much a blog driven site– guessing at the URL structure and the CSS in the source gives it away as a drupal powered site. And check out the namesake.

Again, what a groovy way to present content- not just a “repository” of photos with card catalog metadata, but achieveing te same end in a more relevant package.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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