One year on The Commons on Flickr

Recently State Library of Queensland celebrated its one year anniversary on The Commons on Flickr. Participation in this project has meant that some quintessential Queensland images from the John Oxley Library’s collection have been viewed far and wide across the globe.

Beginning last year with 150 images, we now have 500 historical images on display. These images have received more than 300 000 views, that’s an average of 600 views per image or approximately 800 visits a day to our images.

There are, of course, some very popular images and sets (groups of images). The two most popular images (shown below) feature both children and, you guessed it, animals.

Children riding a horse to school, Glass House Mountains, 1928. Image No. 22973

Children riding a horse to school, Glass House Mountains, 1928. Image No. 22973

This image has 15 comments including those requesting to add this photo to their group of images, thus increasing the image's visibility and viewing. Four galleries contain this photo (small selections of themed images put together by other flickr members), 73 people call this photo a favourite and 13 tags have been added in multiple languages! And it has received a total of 3141 views.

Four boys riding goats, Isisford, ca. 1918. Image No. 10258

Four boys riding goats, Isisford, ca. 1918. Image No. 10258

With 20 comments, 3 galleries, 54 favourites, and more than 3200 views, this image continues to delight many viewers.

To date, the most popular set is the group of the bathing beauties. The 1940s and 50s bathing suits and beach dresses have bought back many fond memories, been admired by those with a love of all things 'vintage' and appeared on a number of different blogs, while the 'beauties' themselves have captured the hearts of some modern viewers.

       

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