Have you seen the new British Museum collection at Flickr.com? Amazing pictures. They’re all in the public domain. According to Flickr,
The first set Highlights from the Mechanical Curator comes from a British Library Labs project dubbed the Mechanical Curator, which located more than a million images from within the Library’s digitised collection of over 65,000 books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The images are a random selection that is meant to help you start discovering this amazing collection and help the British Library improve their knowledge of the images.
Looks like they are images mechanically extracted from the digitized collection of the Library’s books from the 17-19th centuries. Each image is linked to the book it came from, for this one it’s
Title: “Onze aarde. Handboek der natuurkundige aardrijkskunde … Met 150 platen en 20 kaartjes in afzonderlijken Atlas”
Author: BLINK, Hendrik.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10005.dd.8.”
Place of Publishing: Groningen
Date of Publishing: 1885
but beyond that, there’s not a lot of info attached to the image – the Mechanical Curator doesn’t really know what each image is about. They’re hoping viewers will attach meaningful metadata as they’re viewed. (Such a great library word: metadata. In this case, it means tags, captions, comments, etc.) Very cool!
(Clicking on the picture will take you into the Flick Britisn Museum collection.)