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Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana  (LOC)

July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.  (LOC) Electrical Display, Luna Park, Coney Island, N.Y.  (LOC) [Young girl, Kimu, carrying a birthday cake through the Lachung Monastery, Sikkim]  (LOC) At the White House this morning Laddie bo[y] was the recipient of a huge birthday cake with three candles, each tipped with a tiny American flag  (LOC) [Portrait of Dave Lambert, John Simmons, Chubby Jackson, George Handy, and Dizzy Gillespie, William P. Gottlieb's office, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947] (LOC) Bands on parade outstanding eastern Illinois high school bands. (LOC) Behind the scenes at the circus  (LOC) "Birthday party"  (LOC) Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair  (LOC) Reserve boxes, open-air circus, Luna Park, Coney Island, N.Y. City  (LOC) Fireworks over Houston, Texas  (LOC) 4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911  (LOC) Royal Progress, 1911  (LOC) The Hyde Park Golden Jubilee Committee present the Gay 90's Art Ball staged by Nick John Matsoukas. (LOC) Mardi Gras, Mobile, Alabama  (LOC) 4th July Parade, 1911, N.Y.  (LOC) Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana  (LOC) From first to last the Hudson-Fulton celebration has been a gratifying success, with few blemishes (LOC) The President's birthday ball "So we may dance again" Fight infantile paralysis. (LOC) Brilliant Luna Park at night Coney Island, New York's great pleasure resort (LOC)

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To mark this 5th birthday, the Library of Congress asked The Commons contributors to share their most popular photos. Check out the galleries of Flickr Commons Favorites!

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The Library of Congress has a vast collection of historical photographs--pictures guaranteed to lift your spirits, spark your curiosity, and otherwise make you look twice. So we were excited about a new avenue for sharing them and being the first institution, but not the last, to be a part of The Commons.

When Flickr introduced The Commons, they set two ambitious goals: “to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.” Thousands of people took the invitation to heart and created a wonderful community of conversation about pictures with plenty of room for individual inspiration through viewing, favorites, notes, and remixing.

The Commons opened with two collections from the Library of Congress. Your interest has encouraged 55 more libraries, archives, and museums to add more than 250,000 photos over the last 5 years!

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SheilaMink says:

Thank You Flickr and Thank You The Library of Congress!
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artolog says:

Congratulations on 5 years of this fantastic project!
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