Vintage Images of Rural France Now Available for Public Use on Flickr

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo Flickr Commons

The ever-expanding Flickr Commons has just added the patrimony of Southeastern France to its growing archive. The Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo is a network of 14 libraries across the region and they've recently placed a portion of their 65,000 pieces of historical documentation for public use on Flickr.

Currently, the media network is uploading old postcards and photographs of Valence, Romans, and the surrounding regions to their photostream. Mainly taken in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the images are a fascinating look at French culture during the period. As always, users are encouraged to tag photos and make constructive comments to help enrich the archive.

Launched in 2008 in partnership with the Library of Congress, Flickr Commons aims to increase access to public photo collections. With over 100 participating institutions, from national archives to public library collections, the project has opened up the gateways of information access through its easily viewable images.

These old postcards and photographs from Southeastern France are just a portion of the 65,000-piece digital archive that has been placed on Flickr Commons.

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo Flickr Commons

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo Flickr Commons

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo Flickr Commons

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo Flickr Commons

Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo: Website | Flickr
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All images via Médiathèques Valence Romans Agglo.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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