Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave Piece of Content

Sleeping Beauty's Castle, 1954-1956, Shared by medea1919

Any princess would be happy to live in this castle. medea1919 shares his Grandfather’s story of visiting Disneyland Park when it had just opened. His Grandfather, Vincent Baccarella and medea1919’s uncle John is seen here posing by Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I’m totally liking this photo, not only am I a fan of Disney, but Sleeping Beauty is defiantly a fave film and Disney princess. However I have never had the chance to visit  Disneyland – sad times.

Fave Story of the Week

Sisters bathing at Winnipeg Beach, 1940, Shared by katherine.halas.moulton

Check out these hot sisters basking in the sun, Ellie and Flo are sunbathing in bikinis on Winnipeg beach. The front lady wearing John Lennon style sunnies looking effortless glam. The hairstyles totally scream the 40s. katherine.halas.moulton has also shared another lush photo of Ellie and her family  Our Family at 494 Mountain Road, 1940 – which shows the sisters clothed this time! – in gorgeous dresses standing by some very handsome gentlemen.

Pinner of the Week

Pay Car, 1918, Brooklyn, Shared by Brooklyn Navy YArd Centre at BLDG92

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to Brooklyn Navy Yard Centre at BLDG92 they are new pinners to Historypin this week have uploaded some nice content to their Channel (which they have customized very nicely). Pay Car, 1918 is one of my fave from their uploaded collection. Pay Car’s are where checks were distributed through the pay masters buildings, and carts.  My second fave is Dry Dock 1 – a postcard from circa 1900, of one of the oldest dry docks in the nation. See Brooklyn Navy Yard Centre full Channel here.

Embed Historypin on your site & do bulk uploads

Earlier this week we wrote about the launch of Historypin Channels. As well as some neat customising functions, Channels also enable you to upload large amounts of content and embed your Channel on your own site using the Embed and Bulk Uploader Tools.

Embed Tool

With this you can embed your Historypin Channel on your own site, enabling your visitors to explore your content through the Historypin interface. When you set up your embed, you can choose which views to include from Map View, List View, Collections and Tours. Check out some of these super embeds from:

Embedding your Channel is easy:

1. Login to your Channel, click ‘Channel and Account settings’ and select ‘link with my site’.
2. Choose what you want to  embed and generate the code
3. Drop the code into your site

Bulk Uploader 

The Bulk Uploader enables you to upload hundreds of pieces of content and their meta-data at once. Some institutions who have already made use of this tool to populate their Channels with hundreds of photos are The English Heritage Archive, the Museum of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum.

To get started, click ‘pin’ on your Channel. Follow the links to the Bulk Uploader to find out more about it and download the CSV template for your meta-data.

Historypin Channels for All!

We are excited to announce the release of Historypin Channels which give all Historypin users new tools to personalise, manage and share their content.

If you already have a Profile, it will have been upgraded to a Channel, so you can start personalising yours now. New users can get a Channel when they join Historypin.

With your Channel you can:

  • Customise it with a colour scheme, logo, banner and more
  • See a map showing just your content
  • See all the photos, videos and audio files you’ve uploaded
  • See all the Tours and Collections you’ve made
  • See stories other people have added to your content
  • See your Historypin Repeats – modern replicas of your historical photos that other people have taken using the Historypin smartphone app

Some pinners have already jazzed up their Channels, including Sue Walker White with a lovely historical map Photos of the Past whose banner is a photo that he has pinned and San Francisco MTA Archives who have trams galore.

If you’re keen to see some super Historypin Repeats taken with the smartphone app, have a look at the Channels belonging to Mirrorpix, The English Heritage Archive and Bath in Time.

So get started personalising your Channel. If you need more inspiration, have a look at those featured on our Channels page where you can also search all the users on Historypin to find some great content.

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave Piece of Content

Sandra And Eddie Wedding day, 1967-1971, Shared by roo202

Where do I begin with this? The bridesmaids’ dresses are the most amazing colour of pink. Which compliments the white accessories. The bride, Sandra, in a pale blue dress (the most amazing wedding dress I have ever seen) looking very blissful next to her husband Eddie.  The wedding was held at St Edwards, Scot Lane, Wigan. This totally glam photo was shared by roo202.

Fave Story of the Week

York Gasworks Gang - FA cup semi-final day, 1955 26 March 1955, Shared by YorkStories

What a way to celebrate the FA Cup semi-final then to wear a fez – That would be my hat of choice too.  George (right), accompanied by friends, off to see York City v Newcastle, at the Hillsborough grounds, Sheffield. George and friends are posing by the Gasworks building where they worked. I must add how dapper the fellow in the middle is – total Elvis style hair, love it. Shared by YorkStories who has added lots of other great content to the site, definitely worth a browse.

Pinner of the Week

Battle Hospital, Oxford Rd, Reading, 1912, shared by sduggan65

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to sduggan65 for his documentation of London and Reading streets. Battle Hospital, 1912 is definitely a fave have from his collection. The photo captures the patients leaving the Reading War Hospital, a man at the back with his arm in a sling, another a little in front with his full uniform on. sduggan also shared his photos of St Pancras Station before the upgrade – one of my fave from the batch St.Pancras Station, London,1996 shows the view of a train shed in the station. Reminds me of my many adventures I have had departing from St Pancras Station. See sduggan65’s full profile here.


Historypin Joins US National Digital Stewardship Alliance

Historypin has joined the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, an initiative of the United States Library of Congress with the mission to “establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.”

I am going to represent Historypin in NDSA working groups and was reported saying, “The NDSA provides an incredible opportunity to work with colleagues across the US on important issues of digital preservation and access.  As an organization that works specifically with individual and institutional collections of cultural heritage, we take our responsibilities in this arena seriously.  We’re excited to be a part of the NDSA to learn about, collaborate on, and advance best practices.”

About the National Digital Stewardship Alliance

The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Members collaborate to preserve access to our national digital heritage. The NDSA accomplishes its goals through working groups with strategic direction from the Coordinating Committee and support from the Secretariat.

NDSA organizations have proven themselves committed to long term preservation of digital information. Our members include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial businesses, professional associations, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Learn more about the NDSA.

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

This week Historypin launched Pinning the Queen’s History which has been really exciting and people have already shared some dead good photos and stories with us – so this week my blog will be all things Queen Elizabeth II.

Fave Piece of Content

These three images shared by ronlankshear, document his memories and photos of his excitement, waiting to see the Coronation Drive procession through London. ronlankshear, a school boy at the time from St Clement Danes School, whom is at the front of the queue of boys, looks very much in anticipation to see the royal couple. The uniform jacket was dark green and ronlankshear is alongside a couple of boys called Colin and apparently an obscured Martin! The last image shows the Coronation Drive pass through 6 Pavilion Parade, London.

Coronation drive around London, 1953, Shared by ronlankshear

Coronation Drive around London. 1953, Shared by ronlankshear

End of Procession, July 1953, London, Shared by ronlankshear


Fave Story of the Week

Queen Elizabeth II on walkabout in Chatham, October 1984, Shared by cfraser

How great is this story shared by  C Fraser? She tells the tale of an American studying in London with an internship with BBC Radio Kent, where she had the wonderful opportunity to meet The Queen. She was informed by a reporter from the BBC of a good spot to catch a glimpse of The Queen. When the crowd found out cfraser was American they become boisterous and yelled ‘shes from America’ which intrigued the Queen, whom went over and asked what cfraser was doing in London. There, she was able to give The Queen an American coin, of which cfraser later told the tale, when interviewed by a BBC reporter. How amazing is that? How good does The Queen look in pink?

Pinner of the Week

Queen Elizabeth II in Mackay, 1954, Shared by State Library Of Queensland

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to State Library of Queensland for their amazing contributions to Pinning The Queen’s History Special Collection. The Queen featured in a gorgeous dress, addressing the crowds in Mackay on her 1954 Australia tour, is my fave of their uploads. My other fave is Waiting to see the Queen, March 1954, which shows some young adults waiting the get their glimpse of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. One of them is even sitting above a street sign! State Library of Queensland have shared other themed photos and made a few nifty collections on the site too. Check their full profile here

See what else has been pinned so far and add your photos, videos and stories of The Queen’s visits and previous Jubilee celebrations here:

Pinning The Queen’s History launches for Diamond Jubilee

Do you have any photos, videos or stories of The Queen’s visits throughout her reign?

We’re launching our latest Special Collection this month, showcasing photos, videos and other memories of The Queen over the last 60 years on an online interactive gallery to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

We’re challenging Historypinners to add their own photos, videos and stories and are setting the challenge of trying to get at least one pin for each of her 261 official overseas visits (including 96 State Visits, to 116 different countries) as well as from the celebrations for her Coronation in 1953, her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

We have worked with Buckingham Palace and already have got some great stuff pinned, including items from the Royal Collection, Royal Archives and Press Association photos of Her Majesty’s visit to Paris in 1957Her Majesty’s Christmas broadcast from New Zealand in 1953 and the sitar presented to the Queen by the Governor of Tamil Nadu in 1997.

Pinning the Queen’s History was only launched on Sunday since then Historypinners have already added some of their own great content including this photo shared by Ron Lankshear of the boys from St Clement Danes School waiting for the Coronation drive around London, andthis photo shared by Jo Stuttard of Her Majesty in Abu Dhabi Visting the United Arab Emirates in 2010 to celebrate the special partnership between the UK and UAE.

Dickie Arbiter, Royal Commentator, said:

“Most of us capture a cherished moment on camera, be it a family occasion, a holiday, a loved one or even a very important person. For many lucky enough that very important person is The Queen. But once that picture is taken what do you do with it? Now you can post it online. Google and Historypin must be commended for inviting a global audience to share that special moment when they met The Queen and, in this Diamond Jubilee year, pinpoint where she has been and what she has done over the past six decades.”

Nick Stanhope, CEO of We Are What We Do, and Executive Director of Historypin site, said:

“We’re very excited to be able to help people bring together their photos and memories onto Historypin and create a “Royal Time Machine” that let’s us all explore The Queen’s remarkable reign.”

You can see Pinning The Queen’s History here

PS Keep an eye out for our other Special Collections including our Chevy Collection and the soon-to-be-released Life Stories Challenge.

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave Piece of Content

Beki Almozlinos in Taksim Square, Istanbul, 1945, Shared by sephardimizrahicaucus

So many gems have gone up on the site this week. So it’s been a real challenge choosing only a few faves to feature in the blog this week. Beki Almozlinos has stolen the place for Fave Piece of Content. This photo screams style – and makes me want a new hat or two. Beki Almozlinos (how amazing is her name?) and friends standing by the Monument to the Republic, Istanbul. Beki is on the right, an still living today in 2012  in a care home in Israel. Wonder if she still owns the hat? Photo shared by sephardimizrahicaucus which is the Historypin account of the Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies. Check out their other uploads here.

Fave Story of the Week

Our Awful Holiday, 1970, Norfolk, Shared by Susanhills1909

Last week I featured a story from Parsonago of her fun memories on holiday in Weymouth. This week however isn’t the case. Our Awful Holiday shared by Susanhills1909 tells a tale of her holiday to Norfolk in 1970. Cold, bad food and her poor brother hospitalised what a holiday eh? Have any holiday stories yourself – good or bad then do share.

Pinner of the Week

F.L. ALLEN HOOK & LADDER CO. 1, 1940, New London, Connectict, Shared by fujifulgueras

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to fujifulgueras for their wide variety of photos documenting New London, Connecticut. Allen Hook & Ladder CO photo above, works unbelievably well on Street View as the fire station is completely the same 70 odd years later. When you fade the photo on Street View you can see a modern fire engine pulling out of the fire station. Another great upload from fujifulgueras longest draw bridge in the world a 1908 colour postcard of the Groton Bridge in New London, Connecticut. See fujifulgueras full profile here.

Occupying spaces

Occupy London camp in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, 16 October 2011. Shared by democratic heritage

Last week Occupy London was forced to vacate St Paul’s Churchyard after their five month occupation. The aftermath has raised some interesting questions about what and how museum curators should start collecting materials from an event which will soon start to be interpreted and analysed through a historical lens.

One thing that particularly struck me was the challenge that all archiving institutions are facing: how to capture and store born-digital materials. Especially from an event like Occupy London where so much of it’s communication, organisation and identity was digital rather than physical.

But what I found most interesting was that this protest, which has prompted so much and debate and is now being collected for posterity, had temporarily occupied a physical space. Yet no physical trace of it remains in the place that was so central to it. This is the cases for many spaces in our landscapes where people have come together and something has happened – a protest, a street party, a meeting. Sometimes these spaces are marked by a plaque or passed down in local stories, but more often than not they go unknown or unnoticed.

And this is one of the things that excites me most about Historypin – the ability to re-populate spaces with content and stories that show the multitude of moments that have happen in our public spaces. And through the Historypin app, to be able to vividly re-create and explore these moments whilst standing in the same spot, hovering in the fasinating gap between past and present.

Even more importantly, I think Historypin offers an opportunity to capture and preserve moments and stories of our shared spaces that might otherwise be lost. Occupy London will always be part of the history books, because it is recognised in its time to be worth paying attention to. But often it is the things that seem least noteworthy that can be the most valuable. It could be this photo in St Paul’s Churchyard, rather than the one at the top of this post, which excites the historians of the future.

Violet Davis, St Pau's Churchyard, 1956 shared by Violet Davis

Miles Dell: Historypinner in Residence at English Heritage

Hi, I’m Miles and I’m a Historypin Assistant. I spend my days looking at new content, researching institutional partners and manning our social media streams. At the beginning of the year I started as a Historypinner with the English Heritage Archives. This involves me working directly with EH at their archives in Swindon, where I get to search through their collection and curate content for Historypin. Every so often I will be posting updates on my progress and giving you a sneak peak at some of the great photography that English Heritage has to offer.

My first few weeks involved me getting to grips with the cataloguing and archive systems they have in place here and, of course, getting a tour of the archive itself.

14km of shelving, approximately 12 million items. Copyrighted © All Rights Reserved English Heritage Archives

12 million photos is rather a lot to be getting through on my own so the cataloguing team, led by Helen Shalders, gave the names of a number of photographers’ work they’d like to see on the site. One of those, and the first collection that I chose to look at for the site, was John Maltby.

In the 1930s Maltby was commissioned to take photographs of Odeon cinemas across the country by Oscar Deutsch, the founder of the chain. The collection reflects the architectural and social trends of the period. The boom of the movie theatre meant that every large town boasted its own art-deco behemoth, where patrons could enjoy visual news as well as light entertainment. Sadly many of these theatres are now no longer in use, many have been demolished, while others have been reincarnated as bingo halls, or in one case a furniture showroom. Here is one of my highlights from the collection:

Odeon Colwyn Bay. Copyrighted © All Rights Reserved English Heritage Archives

Look out for images from the John Maltby collection and more when we upload later this month. If you just can’t wait to see this collection then you can view it on English Heritage’s site here.

Look out for more posts from myself over the coming months for more English Heritage related photographyness.