Wil Wheaton alerted me to the fact that the library of congress has put a host of pictures up on flickr. It's such a cool way to grant access to lots of old photos, and it's also interesting because it shows how important the meta-data that goes with old images is. Many of the pictures they have posted have nothing more than a name, which, at the time, may have been enough. But now it's just a random picture of a random person. They ask people to fill in the blanks. It's a wonderful use of the technology, and I hope the first of many.
Very cool! I've found a new source for wallpaper images for my desktop (good conversation starters at work, perhaps). Page 20 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/page20/)has a few pics of downtown Detroit from 1942.