My New Finds: Websites for Old Photographs - Mary McShane
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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.
Here are some samples:
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.
Great find for Posters: Vintograph
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