A fish auction, New South Wales through the ages and an obscure hotel with a glamorous past.

Pin Of The Week

A Fish Auction in Westerdale, 1905

A brilliant image pinned by the National Media Museum of a fish auction in Westerdale, North Yorkshire in 1905. You can see two large fish on the ground to the left and the fisherman standing a little back from the group surveying the auction. Its a great image as the group all look so enthralled with the produce. The photo was taken by Frank Meadow (1853-1941), who is best known for his images of Whitby’s fishing community. He was made an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society on his death in 1941.

Pinner of the Week

Broadway Looking West, Sydney, 1962

Pinner of the Week goes to The State Records of New South Wales. They have been pinning a wide variety of photos dating from the 1880’s up until the 1960’s from across New South Wales. The images range from resplendent scenes of Sydney, to small town railway stations. Check out their channel here.

Story Of The Week

Native Americans dancing on the lawn of Sheridan Inn, 1890-1910

Our story this week comes from the Wyoming State Archive. The Sheridan Inn was built in 1893 by the Burlington Railroad Company and the Sheridon Land Company in an attempt to increase visitor numbers to the area. The hotel was built to impress its guests with a hand crafted bar imported from England and electric lights throughout which was a First for Sheridan. The owner William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody also hosted large Wild West shows and recruited performers from far and wide including local Indians pictured below to perform on the covered porch of the hotel. The hotel was saved from destruction in 1966/7 by the Sheridan County Historical Society and is still a hotel and bar to this day. See the Sheridan Inn on the Historypin map here.

Filming on Campus in the 1900’s, Family History, and West Side Story in Hell’s Kitchen

Happy Friday to everyone! Here are some of my favourites from this week:

Pin of the Week

Street View, Movie Camera in Memorial Court, 1914-1918.

One of my favourite Street Views this week comes from The Stanford University Archives, of an early movie camera shoot on the University grounds. This fantastic angle utilizes Google’s recent project to Street View university campuses, with Stanford being among the first.

Movie Camera in Memorial Court, 1914-1918.

This is a wonderful snapshot of early film history, as well as campus life. In the early 20th century, film was only getting on its feet with the more wide-spread distribution of silents in Hollywood; it is great to see a candid from this era of film in a more localized setting in Stanford. These are the origins of the student television crews reporting campus life today, and the digital-camera-wielding parents whose sons and daughters reluctantly let them film their university visit. We also get a sense of how much has changed with the wonderful WWI-era fashions, especially on the boy standing next to the early movie camera. These outfits are certainly fancier than the average shorts and t-shirt-wearing California students today!

To see more photos like these, visit The Stanford Archive’s Channel.

Pinner of the Week

Paddling, 1927-1931.

Pinner of the Week is user KateMasheder, who has pinned some fantastic stories and photos of her English and Irish ancestors. As someone who can hardly find family photos dating before 1950, KateMasheder’s photos are a treasure-trove of family history. From her grandparents on picnics in the 1920’s to her great-grandfather’s shopfront in London’s East End, she charts over a century of her family’s story. In addition, she has pinned many interesting photos of unknown people and places spanning the same time period.

KateMasheder also asks the rest of the Historypin community to engage in these histories, asking for some help in solving some family mysteries. For example, she asks if anyone knows the precise location her grandmother’s childhood home near Martinstown, Northern Ireland (below), and whether or not it still exists. I love when users ask one another to become history detectives; in utilizing the entire Historypin community, you never know who might be out there with an answer!

Lisbreen Cottage, County Antrim, 1885 - 1915. Click the photo if you think you know the modern-day location...

Browse her Channel here.

Story of the Week

West Side Story promotional shoot, New York City, 1957. (Friedman-Abeles Collection/NYPL)

This past Wednesday marked the 55th anniversary of the Broadway opening of West Side Story, conceived by choreographer Jerome Robbins, written by playwright Arthur Laurents and composed by Leonard Bernstein. Originally entitled East Side Story and centering around Jewish and Catholic star-crossed lovers, the final production developed into how we know it today: a tale of love across the divide of two street gangs, one Latin and one white-ethnic. The change in story also brought about a new-up-and-coming lyricist, the now legendary Stephen Sondheim, who enlisted the help of Broadway producer Hal Prince to help save the controversial show. It eventually opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957.

The musical’s iconic promotional shot, made for the original cast album cover, shows Tony (Larry Kert) playfully chasing after his girlfriend Maria (Carol Lawrence), on a block of four-and five-story tenement buildings; this area, in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, is similar to the one in which Maria might have called home in the musical, set in the mid-1950’s. Photographer by Leo Friedman, who captured some of Broadway’s greatest hits over the course of his career, tried various locations for this shoot. “We shot for days,” recalls Lawrence. “All around Central Parkóup and down staircases, jumping through greenery. Everything.”

West 56th Street today.(click for larger)

The eventual West Side location, just a few blocks from Friedman’s studio, allowed the photographer to contrast the gritty neighborhood with the boundless optimism of the young lovers. Lawrence further recalls the marathon-like day: “Leo may remember it as an easy shot because he was standing still, but we must have run up and down that street 300 times on a very hot summer day,” she says with a laugh. “We didn’t have any police help, so there were pedestrians going by. We even knocked down a little old lady and got yelled at. I was a dancer and Larry was an athlete, so we were in good shape. But we were in better shape after that picture.”

Small Town Hotels, Australia’s Sesquicentenary and Abraham Lincoln without his hat.

We have some cracking content this week including a great image of Sydney Harbour lit up by fireworks, President Abraham Lincoln without a hat and some brilliant photos of early 20th Century Sasketchewan hotels.

Pinner of the Week

This Week we are celebrating Joan Champ and her brilliant Channel. Joan has been traveling around Sasketchewan Province collecting photos of old small town hotels many dating from the 19th Century and has added detailed stories to many of them giving a fascinating insight into the history of the buildings and the area. Most of the hotels still exist in various forms and have been brilliantly street-viewed.

North West Hotel, Ceylon, Sk 1912

Story Of The Week

Part of 12 photos pinned by the State Library of New South Wales showing Sydney celebrating Australia’s Sesquicentenary in 1938. Australia celebrated 150 years since the first British settlement in Australia with a city Parade, a re-enactment of Cook arriving at Kurnell, fireworks, and a military procession. The sesquicentenary also coincided with the Empire Games in Sydney; an event created in 1930 and which would later become the Commonwealth Games. The games included athletes from across the Empire and the Commonwealth. See the photo on on the map here.

Fireworks on Sydney Harbour, 1938

Photo Of The Week

A fantastic photo from the Library of Congress pinned by Kerri Young of President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam, Maryland, October 3, 1862. Lincoln’s famous hat although not on his head can be seen on the table next to him. The photograph was taken three weeks after the battle of Antietam, which would become known as the bloodiest battle in American history.

Lincoln and McClellan at Antietam, 1862


A Soldiers Journey, Victorian Furniture Sellers and some Beach Acrobatics

Pinner Of The Week

This Friday our Pinner Of The Week goes to A Soldier’s Journey: M.J. Songstad in World War II. A great channel dedicated to the experiences of Mel Songstad during the Second World War. Born in Minneapolis Mel was drafted into the US army in 1942 and by 1943 was training to become a Paratrooper. As part of the 50th Parachute Regiment he took part in the Normandy landings and when injured spent time in England returning to France in 1945 to take part in its liberation.

The Channel focuses on his time during the 1940’s in Europe showing some of the places he visited and some of the men he fought along side. It’s a poignant personal history from an extraordinary time.

Melvin J. Songstad 1945

Story Of The Week

Our favorite story this week comes from LSE Library and accompanies a great picture of some Victorian furniture sellers on the corner of Church Lane in Holborn. The story comes from ‘Street Life in London’ by John Thompson and Adolphi Smith, published in 1877 and it conjures up a vivid picture of this part of Victorian London and the people who presided in it. See the photo on the Historypin map and the full story behind it here.

“At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall. The dealer was never satisfied unless the weather allowed him to disgorge nearly the whole of his stock into the middle of the street, a method which alone secured the approval and custom of his neighbours. As a matter of fact, the inhabitants of Church Lane were nearly all what I may term “street folks” – living, buying, selling, transacting all their business in the open street. It was a celebrated resort for tramps and costers of every description, men and women who hawk during the day and evening the flowers, fruits and vegetables they buy in the morning at Covent Garden.’

Furniture Sellers on Church St 1877

 Photos Of The Week

This week we have Mr J. Prentice and Jean Howat practising some beach acrobatics on Bondi Beach, Australia in 1935. The photos were pinned by the State Library of new South Wales. I love these two photos which you can check out on the map here. They look like they are having so much fun and I particularly like the boys in the background who are staring at the couple in disbelief.

Beach Acrobatics, Bondi Beach, 1935


Beach Acrobatics, Bondi Beach, 1935



Futuristic sunglasses, Welsh storytelling, and the Beatles in Minehead

Happy Friday everyone! We are in the process of making some exciting changes here at Historypin, so keep a look out on our site for some great new features. Here are some fun stories and photos that caught my attention this week:

Pin of the Week

Woman in sunglasses at the Royal Richmond Horse Show, 1939.

Pin of the week comes from the Science and Society Picture Library, with this great photo of a woman in sunglasses in 1939. I have never come across this particular thick-framed design in the 30’s before, and it’s fascinating to see something so oddly anachronistic-looking. This woman, enjoying the Royal Richmond Horse show, looks as though she went to the future and brought back a pair of 3D glasses. She certainly stands out among the crowd, and the sunglasses match her other accessories to boot!

Pinner of the Week

St. Illtyds Corpus Christi Day, 1964-1965.

Pinner of the Week is the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, based in the University of Glamorgan in Wales. The Centre is dedicated to promoting, teaching, developing and researching storytelling in all its forms, and this week have been pinning photos with some wonderful local stories.

For example, the caption from the photo above, contributed by Pete Keohane, reads: This is my brother, Tim fourth from the left circa 1964. Unfortunately theres no colour as each schools sash was a different colour. All the schools would celebrate the day and meet up in an open area for an open mass. Much later (after Bishop Headly was built) I did the march myself…..very loong day all in all – always someone fainting!! There was always interest from the locals of course – everyone came out to have a look. But those immaculate white outfits were difficult to keep clean!

This is great example of local oral history and storytelling, something we would love to see more of on Historypin! Check out the Centre’s Channel here.

Story of the Week

The Beatles with young fan Alison Atkins at Minehead Railway Station, 2 March 1964.

Story of the Week is about the Beatles, when they traveled to the small town of Minehead in 1964 to shoot their iconic film a Hard Day’s Night. Minehead, located on the coast of south-west England, had its relatively peaceful surroundings disrupted by the excitement of Beatlemania, which by 1964 was in full-swing. Teachers at local schools gave into demands to take the day off, and hundreds of screaming teenagers gathered at the railway station to greet John, Paul, George, and Ringo the morning of March 2, 1964.

Among the crowd was Sheena Reed, who wrote about her experience at the train station to her grandmother: “We all ran down to the railway line and had to cross a field to reach it” she wrote. “When we arrived there was a terrific crowd, all screaming and shouting around the train. Somehow we found the exact window that the Beatles were in and, as can be expected, there was an extra large crowd there. Some of our crazy sixth-formers raised a banner saying ‘Your kingdom is crumbling’ and ‘Viva Brahms’. The Beatles looked out of the window and pulled faces. My friend Sandra said when she saw their faces she just had to pull the banner down. When the Beatles saw it gone they all started clapping. They were eating dinner all the time we saw them.” Imagine people breaking out into hysterics while you were trying to eat your dinner!

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Beatles, with Ringo joining the line-up in 1962. The world of course, would never be the same. Click here to see a silly scene from a Hard Day’s Night filmed that day on the train through Minehead.

Carnivals, Soldiers in the Far East, Walking on Water

We hope everyone had a great weekend! With the inspirational Paralympics in full swing, the world’s attention is once again on London, and the city has been busy celebrating with many diverse activities (three words: Ice Cream Festival.). Here at Historypin, we have had so many fabulous contributions from both individual users and institutions alike over the past week. Here are just some of the few photos and stories that captured our attention.

Pin of the Week

Northampton Carnival, 1957.

In keeping with the festive mood here in London, our Pin of the Week comes from the wonderful Carnival Archive Project. As their name suggests, their Channel is dedicated to the heritage of carnival, and currently focuses on the English towns of Luton, Northampton, Norfolk and Southend-on-Sea.

The photo above is a really fun representation of the Northampton Carnival Parade, which by the 1960s was firmly established as part of Northampton’s leisure culture. Thousands of spectators came to the town to witness the fantastic costumes and floats, with participants including youth clubs, companies and charities. The competition included such quirky categories as ‘Fancy Dress Get-up on Cycle-Juvenile’, Motor Car-Any Age-Any-Type-Decorated’ and ‘Traders’ Decorated Advertisement Get-up or Otherwise.’

Check out more great photos on their Channel.

Pinner of the Week

Two men on a roadside outside Naha, Japan, 1943-1947.

Pinner of the week is the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, who have contributed photos of military operations in the far east during the 1940’s. One of the libraries’ strengths is US military history, and this week they illustrate their diversity in that category with photos from the American military operation in Okinawa, Japan. From the bases to the local villages, these photos provide an interesting snapshot of a soldier’s life abroad during and after World War II. Experience local life along with the GI’s at the Library’s Channel.

Children on a porch, Koza, Japan, 1943-1947.

Story of the week

Walking the Channel, 25 August 1978.

Our story of the week is fun and unusual, of US Army Sgt. Walter C. Robinson “walking” across the English Channel in 1978. This photo is from the start of his attempt to cross over to France at 5:30 am, where well-wishers saw him off on his home-made inflatable shoes. Wearing a special shirt reading “The World’s First Int. Waterwalker,” Robinson propelled himself forward by oars through the sea tides.

Robinson ended up covering 21 miles from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France in eleven and a half hours.  He was quoted saying: “My army mates think it is quite a courageous thing to do… Anyways it’s a bit of a challenge. I suppose one day water shoes could take the place of Channel ferries. Who knows? They got to the moon and they didn’t think that was possible.”

I love to hear stories of people attempting to so something quirky and out-of-the-ordinary, like Robinson. Walking across the Channel has yet to come into high demand, but as he suggests, anything is possible!

Trams on Boston Rd, Three Brides for Three Brothers and Cricket at Skegness.

This week we celebrate a dedicated Historypinner, have a very cute story all the way from Route 69 in Kansas and to top it off a fantastic picture of some girls having fun on the beach in Skegness, Enjoy!

Pinner of the Week

Tram on Boston rd, Hamwell 1900-1920

PhotosOfThePast is a great channel that has been pinning a huge variety of photos ranging from late 19th Century Indian temples, to Bucolic English scenes going back as far as the 1860’s. Here is a great pic of a beautiful route 13 Tram on the Boston Rd.

Story of the Week

The McShannon sisters inside the 69 Grill, Louisburg, Kansas.

Our story this week comes from Cpurvis a self styled ‘sentimental fool’ and to back it up our Story of the Week is a cute one from Louisburg, Kansas. In the photo you can see three sister Betty, Evelyn and Mary Anne McShannon. All three sisters married three brothers called John, George and Tom Baur and if that wasn’t enough they also all worked at the same restaurant; The 69 Grill on Highway 69 which is where the picture was taken. Such a cute story and you can see more of the McShannon, baur couples on Cpurvis’s channel here.

Photo of the Week

Beach Cricket at Skegness, 1940

Well its the last week of August and its holiday time, so have chosen a great beach photo this week. In the photo we have Greta Meradith, Gladys Carrier and sisters Valerie and Edna Buckley, playing cricket at Skegness in 1940. They look so care free and the photo seems to have a timeless quality to it. You can imagine much the same scenes today at a beach in England. Check out the photo here and also have a look at the Science and Society Picture Library Channel, which has a huge collection of beautiful and interesting historical images from across the world.

Internal Street Views, a trip to Egypt and votes for women

Happy Friday! On Wednesday we were really excited to present our first ever pin from inside the White House, of a reception in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some more famous visitors, Princess Diana and John Travolta, dancing in the main entrance hall of the White House. Such a cool pic!

Princess Diana and John Travolta Dancing, Nov. 5, 1985. (click for full view!)

A big thank you to the U.S. National Archives, who have shared these superb images. We encourage you to explore Google’s Street View blog to get the latest updates on new areas that have been mapped, and then pin them on Historypin. Many of these new additions are excitingly not ‘on the street’ at all. We would love it for people to start pinning in newly digitally charted territories. If you have visited a cool place, from Yosemite National Park to the ruins of Pompeii, and thought that they wouldn’t be on Street View, it couldn’t hurt to check – you might find that they are!

Pin of the week

Ivie Anderson at the Porcella's 1930-1940s.

Pin of the week is from user phidgetyphil, who is pinning some great local history photos from the “Garlic Capital of the World,” Gilroy, CA. He has posted this great photo of Duke Ellington’s favourite singer Ivie Anderson visiting some friends in her hometown of Gilroy, CA. Ivie sang with Duke Ellington, a jazz legend, and his band throughout the 1930’s. I love photos like these on Historypin, of great local history moments shared between friends and family.

Pinner of the Week

Moving one of the stone figures into the Ming Tomb Gallery, 1933.

This week’s Pinner of the Week is the Royal Ontario Museum, who have added some great photos of how some of its world-culture exhibits were constructed in the 1930’s. I am a great lover of museum culture, and it is always fascinating when museums shed light on the kinds of the things that they had on display and how they got there. I’m sure moving a giant tomb from the Ming Dynasty was never a piece of cake! Plus, this is also an excuse to post this fabulous picture of ROM board members in Egypt; I think it would be quite a feat to wear fur in Egypt but that woman is working the look.

Royal Ontario Museum Board Members in Egypt, 1910.

Story of the week

Suffrage Parade in New York City, 1912.

This weekend marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which would finally give women in America the right to vote. On August 18th, 1920, the Amendment was ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it into law.

Suffrage riots in front of the White House, 1916-1918.

It was not until 1848 that the movement for women’s rights in America launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and Lucretia Mott (1793-1880). Following the convention, demanding the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton, Mott, and Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) among others, formed organizations that lobbied the government and raised public awareness for the voting rights of women, combining tactics that were both militant and peaceable. And after 70 years, these groups finally saw success in their efforts with the passage of the 19th Amendment. I salute these brave and pioneering women!

Cinemas, Horse-Drawn Post, and Lenin’s House

TGIF everyone! Hope everyone has been catching some of the great Olympic events, there have been some inspiring moments. Check out our Favourites this week:

 Pin of the Week

Joy Theater, Texarkana, 1930

Pin of the week comes to us from Texarkana Museums Systems, with a wonderful photo of one of first moving picture screens in Texarkana, Arkansas. The Joy Theater is named after Joy Newton Houck Sr. (b. July 10th, 1900), a producer of B-movie Westerns in the 1940’s and 50’s and owner of 29 theatres in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. After its run as a cinema the Witt, Siebert, and Halsey-designed brick building became a men’s clothing store. Today, it has been converted into loft apartments and a retail space.

See how this corner of small-town America has changed over time by looking at this photo in Street View here.

Pinner of the Week

Street View: Last horse-drawn post in London, 1949 (Click photo to view larger version on Historypin)

Pinner of the week is the British Postal Museum & Archive, a great resource for British postal heritage. The Archive aims to connect people through the evolving story of communications past and present, and their online photo collection is an excellent way to learn about the achievements of British postal services over the years. In our crazy, fast-paced digital lives, it is nice to flip through how our communication with one another has changed. Maybe users will be inspired to send a letter to a loved-one by post!

Click here to see their fabulous Photos, Collections, and Tours.

Story of the Week

Lenin’s London home at 16 Percy Circus, taken in 1968.

Story of the week comes from the Islington Museum, who have pinned a photo of the London home where Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin stayed for a number of weeks in 1905. In the wake of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the first Bolshevik congress was held in London, from April 12th to May 10th, 1905. Lenin, who chaired the congress, stayed around the corner from his old London flat at 30 Holford Square, at 16 Percy Circus. The building is now marked with a Blue Plaque. During this short visit to London, Lenin made visits to the National Gallery and the theatre, the zoo, the British Library, and Highgate Cemetery among other places. He also managed to fit in several visits to the pub!

Click on the picture above to view it on Historypin!

Friday Favourites

Friday is here and so is the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

As we eagerly await what director Danny Boyle has in store for the Opening Ceremony tonight, here is a photo of the Ceremony the last time London hosted the Olympics back in 1948:

Baron de Coubertin's motto hovers over the stadium: “the important thing in the Olympic games is not winning but taking part. The important thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

King George VI was on hand to open the 1948 ceremony, which was followed
by a parade of nations, declaration of opening, Olympic torch arrival, choral singing and Olympic oath swearing.

Pin of the week

Young Vancouverites outside the Village Bistro, 1967.

Pin of the Week comes from contributor Daniel Ross in Canada, with a wonderful photo documenting a changing neighborhood in 1960’s Vancouver. 4th avenue in the Kitsiliano neighborhood, today a busy shopping area with clothing stores, restaurants, and yoga studios, was the place to be for hip young Vancouverites in the 1960’s. This photo shows an evening scene outside the Village Bistro, one of several coffee shops and music venues that drew large crowds in the summer of 1967. Many locals were less than delighted by the changes in their neighbourhood, and did their best to make things difficult for the so-called “hippies.” See the photo in Street View here.

Pinner of the Week

Diane Bertke, participates in the beer barrel rolling contest at Oktoberfest in MainStrasse Village, Covington Kentucky.

Pinner of the week goes to Kenton County Public Library, with their great collection of local history and genealogy materials. It’s one of the largest Kentucky history and genealogy collections in the nation with thousands of photographs and reels of microfilm, hundreds of maps, an extensive on-line newspaper index and the on-line geNKY genealogy database. This week they have been pinning some fantastic photos of local Kentucky history over the past forty years, from having fun at the fairgrounds to watching local parades. Check out their Channel here.

Story of the week


Story of the week is from the US National Archives, picturing a landmark moment in American history. On August 6, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been largely responsible for the disenfranchisement of African Americans. The federal government were given the power to oversee voter registration and elections in counties that used tests to determine voter eligibility, banning discriminatory literacy tests and expanding voting rights for non-English speaking Americans.

The law had a huge impact. By 1968, nearly 60 percent of eligible African Americans were registered to vote in Mississippi, and other southern states showed a similar rise in numbers. Overall, the Voting Rights Act re-enfranchised black southerners, helping elect African Americans at the local, state, and national levels.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, while prominent civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., watch.