NY Public Library Archives On Flickr



Recently I ended up on the Flickr page for the New York Public Library. On there I found a lot of great references for creating characters. I guess I’m attracted to the odd, theatrical, and most often ugly. Please forgive some of the racist ones…

Stills From Film:

Ellis Island Portraits:

Gypsy Family


Pipers – Identified as ‘Romanian shepherds’ in Peter Mesenholler ‘Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920’ (c1905)


Three Dutch Women


Russian Cossacks


German Stowaway – Tattooed German stowaway, deported May, 1911


Dutch Children – Dutch siblings from the Island of Marken, holding religious tracts


View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883

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