The New York Public Library just released 180,000 free images. We can’t stop looking at them. –Mother Jones

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Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan Berenice Abbott/The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.

the The New York Public Library Just Got Digitized and made over 180,000 high-resolution assets available for the public to download for free.

Images are from items in the library’s collection that are no longer copyrighted or otherwise in the public domain. This includes botanical illustrations, ancient texts, historical maps, including the incredible green book collection of travel guides for African-American travelers in the mid-1900s. They also released over 40,000 stereoscopes, The astonishing documentation of Berenice Abbott of New York in the 1930s, and Lewis Hines’ Photos of Ellis Island Immigrantsas well as letters from Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among other political figures.

One of the related projects they created with this release is a cool viewer that allows you to browse each published article.

It’s a real treasure and – watch out! – zero total time.

Say goodbye to your afternoon.

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