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My New Finds: Websites for Old Photographs - Mary McShane

Updated on March 22, 2014

Juniper Gallery and Shorpy

Published on February 27, 2014. Mary McShane, All Rights Reserved

I like to read and write about historical subjects and in the process, I have been finding my sources for photos rather ho-hum. Everyone names the top sites to get photos for their articles and if we write on similar subjects, often we choose the same photographs.

It probably means we have good taste!

But in order to be unique, one has to be ferret out more websites in order to be able to choose photos to make your hub article a stand out, stellar article.

I don't mind sharing my secret stash of website sources with you because when you visit them, you will see there is plenty to go around. Lots of choices and links to other sites too.

My top choices: I like www.shorpy.com and junipergallery.com

Here are some samples:

Juniper Gallery

February 1936. Nipomo, Calif. Pea picker Mother of seven children. Age 32
February 1936. Nipomo, Calif. Pea picker Mother of seven children. Age 32 | Source
July 1939. Gordonton, N.C
July 1939. Gordonton, N.C | Source

From Shorpy

Circa 1910. "Bathing at West Palm Beach, Florida
Circa 1910. "Bathing at West Palm Beach, Florida | Source
Florida  1904. " Beach Street, Daytona.
Florida 1904. " Beach Street, Daytona. | Source

Newsboys: a glimpse of life on the streets for these young boys

Many photo collections

These sites are not just limited to outside scenery and tourism. There are many photos of families, human interest types that you might see in Life Magazine and political figures "at home" as well as "at work."

There are photos as old as 1700's and as late as the 1980s.

Check out the section titled "Member's Photos" for some great finds. Sometimes in the comments, readers will offer names of sites or links of where they have found great vintage photos, so don't overlook the comments.

I also like YouTube where there are many uploads of vintage collections. If I don't use the video in my article, I will screen shoot one section of the video and give proper credit to the video source in my description.

Tourism Posters

Tourism poster for Philadelphia Zoo   circa 1936.
Tourism poster for Philadelphia Zoo circa 1936. | Source
Vintage Vienna Austria travel poster   printed by Brüder Rosenbaum in Austria,  1950s.
Vintage Vienna Austria travel poster printed by Brüder Rosenbaum in Austria, 1950s. | Source
Italian poster vintage 1920s of Palermo Sicily.
Italian poster vintage 1920s of Palermo Sicily. | Source

Great find for Posters: Vintograph

For posters, I like Vintograph which I found through the Shorpy site. Their photos are free to use with attribute for non-commercial bloggers or websites and their FAQ explains it all.

Take a look around their site and what you see might remind you of old days and bring a smile to your face.

Here's a sample:

Proper use of photos and linking

I hope you find great photos for whatever project you are working on. Just remember to link back with a 'live' link to your article.

Many hubbers are entering the name of the site or the URL of the site, but putting it in the description box so that the link cannot be clicked.

Doing this cuts down on the busy-ness of links on your page, but also it is incorrect and a violation of the terms of service in regard to proper attribution that these websites require for using their photos.

Even though Hubpages has the word "optional" next to each section in the photo capsule, it is not optional when these sites require you to link back to them.

That means they are looking, for the most part, for a live link that people can click directing the reader to their site. It should be a proper (regarding the attribution wording) and direct (regarding it should lead directly to the source you found your photo) with the pertinent details regarding the description.

In many cases with websites who stock vintage photographs, linking back directly to their site and proper wording are the only requirement for using their photos. It is how they get traffic to their site as well.

If you find a photo on Pinterest, look to the section called "image source" to see where the original photo came from. If you are going to use it, you can credit it to where you found it - the Pinterest user - but in all honesty, they don't own it. They found it just like you did.

Whenever possible, cite the source (owner or website), not the pinner.

There are lots of untapped sources and these are just a few of from my secret stash. :)

I hope you enjoy finding old photographs as much as I do.

© Mary McShane, 2/27/2014

© 2014 Mary McShane

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great resources, Mary, and I have always loved that first picture. Thank you!

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Thanx for sharing, Mary. I'm always looking for unique places to find photos when I'm not using my own.

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    Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Thanks for sharing. Your link to Shorpy is bad. Leave the ''e'' out of Shorpy. Great hub.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @billybuc, Thanks Bill, I always admired that photo too. Sad story behind it, given that time in history, but a beautiful photo just the same. Thank you for your visit.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    These are very cool websites for vintage photos. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @ lambservant. Thank you for pointing out my error. I fixed all of them. I wrote this so quickly this morning before a doctor's appointment, that my proofreading did not get a good once over. So I thank you for that and for visiting and commenting :)

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    Colleen Swan 3 years ago from County Durham

    Hi A helpful article. I occasionally dig out the old albums; my forgotten memories. Nice Hub

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @ Colleen Swan, thank you for your comment and visit. :)

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    loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    looking at these photos is like a walk through memory lane. thanks for sharing the link.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @loveofnight

    Pinterest has wonderful old photos too, but I hesitate using many because they are not attributed correctly. After a little due diligence in rooting out the owner, only then will I use them. Thank you loveofnight for your comment and visit.

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    ruthwalker 3 years ago

    Hi Mary, some great tips there, junipergallery looks like its got lots of good stuff on it. Never thought of doing that with youtube videos, do you need to ask permission from person who uploaded video if you take a screenshot?

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @ruthwalker - No, you don't have to ask their permission, because for the most part they don't own the photo either, unless they are Shorpy, Getty or the pix are their own private collection. As long as you backlink it to the source video where you saw it, it is fine. Sometimes it is hard to remember where you find a photo you took a screenshot of, when you have so many tabs open and when so many videos use the same types of photos in their story on YouTube. So I always put the link to where I found it. You don't have to do that, but I like to. lol Thank you for your comment and visit.

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Amazing photos Mary. These sites will prove invaluable. Thanks for sharing. I have bookmarked this hub. Voted up.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @Jodah, I love these sites -even for writing prompts, they are great. Thank you for commenting.

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    Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

    I really love these photos, especially the first one! Thanks for the tips on the sites, and how to properly credit the photos. I have bookmarked this article & voted up.

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    Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @Country-Sunshine,

    Thanks for reading and following me. Welcome to HP. I hope you like it here and settle in easily to the formats.

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    Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

    I've been aware of Shorpy for some time, but was uncertain of the copyright/use status of their photos. Are all their pre-1923 photos in the public domain? Or do you have to get permission from Shorpy for each photo? I looked at their site, but I'm still unclear on whether they encourage free use of their photos.

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    Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @RonElFran

    As far as I know, any photo before 1923 is free and public domain. Any of the photos I used here that are after 1923, because I wrote about Shorpy in particular, my use didn't require getting permission or buying a license.

    I got this from their website:

    If you are a blogger writing about Shorpy, you may use an image from Shorpy to illustrate your blog post. You may only use the small (512 pixels wide) images for this purpose. You may not recreate the entire site, sections, collections or galleries on your server or in any publication. If you use an image from Shorpy you must include a link back to either Shorpy.com, the original post or the full-size version of the image. Do not add Shorpy photos to Flickr or other photo sharing sites. If you wish to use an image in your blog to illustrate an article that does not discuss Shorpy, please contact us about purchasing a license. If an image does not have a BUY PRINT link, it is probably not available for purchase as a digital image.

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    So, as you see, since this hub discusses Shorpy, I am within my rights to use their images in this manner. If my hub was just using Shorpy images because I liked the photo or because the photo matched my content, then I would have to ask permission or buy the license.

    Here is a link to the form that discusses the purchase digital only images.

    http://www.shorpy.com/digital-images

    A search in Hubpages box will give you a list other hubbers who are much more informed than I am about copyrights and the proper use of photos.

    Thank you for your question.

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    Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Thanks, Mary.

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    Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    You're welcome.

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