Blog post from Saturday, 27 September, 2014

This week we commemorate two milestones over on Flickr Commons.

First, September 30 is our sixth birthday on the Commons – we’ve been uploading selected images from our photographic collections to Flickr Commons since 2008. Now, we have almost 2 500 images, arranged into 100 thematic albums.

Second, we’ve recently passed 20 million views of our images on Flickr Commons! That’s a lot!

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, used, commented on and enjoyed our photographs. We love them, and it looks like you do too!

To celebrate, we’ll be sharing six of our most popular images from the Commons in a six day countdown to our September 30 birthday.


A wet Angel Place, Sydney, 1930s / Sam Hood

This evocative photograph by Sam Hood shows Angel Place in Sydney in the 1930s. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Al Capone was about to step out of the shadows, but Sydney’s razor gangs were more active in the Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Woolloomooloo areas than in the middle of town.

Sam Hood is one of the most prolific photographers represented in the Library’s photographic collections. As a freelance press photographer, who later moved into commercial photography, he photographed people, events and locations of all kinds, giving us a fantastic visual record of Sydney life in the 1930s and 40s.