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100 year old photos of Welsh landmarks found in U.S archives

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By: David Thomas Jones
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This is a collection of old images of Wales that give a glimpse as to what life was life in Llangollen, Denbigh and beyond 100 years ago - and, of all the places, the images turned up in the U.S, in the archives of the Library of Congress in Washington. check out this link for the whole story . Make sure you check the links on the page as they link to Flicker where the Welsh photos from the Library of Congress have been placed. 6,882 I think although I have not checked all of them. :)

Sian Newman
08/17/09 06:17:17PM @sian-newman:
most excellent
David DeWitt Lavies
08/12/09 11:03:39AM @david-dewitt-lavies:
A most excellent collection of photographs. Thanks very much for sharing them.
Lesley Parker
08/10/09 09:35:40AM @lesley-parker:
Diolch Ceri. Thank you Ceri for bringing this to our attention. It's an excellent collection of photos.
Jonathan Simcock
08/09/09 08:44:30PM @jonathan-simcock:
Newydd dod yn o o'r Eisteddfod yn y Bala - Just got back from the Eisteddfod in Bala. Gwelir - Seehttp://canolbarth.blogspot.comPob hwylJonathan
Ian K Griffiths
08/09/09 06:16:42PM @ian-k-griffiths:
The traditional Welsh ladies costumes bring back fond memories of St David's Day in the Rhondda Valleys. It was an age old tradition for all the girls to attend on that day in our traditional clothing. Excellent link!!!
magali roberts
08/09/09 06:00:06PM @magali-roberts:
Mary Jones
08/09/09 12:00:10PM @mary-jones:
Brilliant,hand tinted ,Bangor pier,not far from where I live now,Water fall at Abergwyngregyn,Llandudno,Caernarfon Castle,Criceth Castle,Harlech Castle,Llanberis pass,Aberglaslyn,Swallow falls ,Holyhead breakwater,South Stack Anglesey,Llanberis Waterfall Gwynedd,Dolbadarn Castle Llanberis, the Great Orme Llandudno Gwynedd..LLun Ogwen Bethesda Gwynedd,Penmaenmawr.Aberystwyth rhyddlan Castle,and moreeeeeeeeeeeee.wonderful,thank you very much for sending then,as a photographer myself I am in my Glory.Diolch yn fawr
Sarah Wilson
08/09/09 05:19:35AM @sarah-wilson:
What lovely photos. Some places look the same, but some have changed so drastically. Thanks for posting this.
Jay G. Williams III
08/09/09 03:05:47AM @jay-g-williams-iii:
Very nice.
Jim Giddings
08/08/09 10:16:40PM @jim-giddings:
Quite remarkable! Thanks! I assume these are colorized black and white photos from 1909 and before. I have postcards and formal photos from that time from Colorado and Arizona, and the colorizing was pretty universal. Some of them show "wild wales" looking a lot like the mountains of New Hampshire looked at that time, and some show houses, farms, tourist spas and mines as they looked in those days with an occasional glimpse of a patient human figure posing for the camera. The subjects must have been chosen for their positive associations; no muckraking journalism here. It gives an image of a time before cars and auto-roads. I see some images of railroad lines, which must have been everywhere, and I see no telegraph wires, though there must have been some, and no traces of electric infrastructure, though there would have been some electric lights in the towns.