Flickr’s ‘commons’ 5th anniversary


Commons 5th Anniversary

On 16th January 2008 Flickr launched their ‘commons’- a massive collection of public domain photos. They started with 1500 photos, five years later their collection comprises of over 250,000 photos.

Flickr announced:

”We want to thank George Oates and the Library of Congress, who founded the project; all the institutions that have joined and are sharing their great photography in the Commons, as well as those institutions that have signaled their interest so far, as well as you, the Flickr community, for contributing to the Commons with nearly 2 million tags and over 165 thousand comments to date that will be making their way back into the catalogues to make these collections even richer.

To celebrate the archive’s birthday, Flickr asked the contributing institutions to send in their most viewed, commented, and favorite photographs.

Below are some of those photos. To view them all go to

Young Skater with safety cushion

McDonnell Douglas F/8 -18C Hornet

Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley

Man and child

The Eagle Nebula (M16)



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