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Out of the archives

February 15, 2010

The past few months I’ve been coming across some great archive-like web-based side projects. I bookmark them, even though I’m not sure if I’ll ever really use them, but they’re nice collections and at times inspirational. Here’s three:

First up, a stencil archive. This is a collaborative effort, where anyone can upload content and contribute to the archive. Content is posted under a Creative Commons license (a previous post about CC here). The Stencil Archive is organized by location, and there is search, but it would be nice to see some other filtering possibilities. Here’s one from their site, posted under the Estonia album.

Number two – The Book Cover Archive, run by a team of two, although they write that will consider outside contributions/suggestions of book covers. Of these three collections mentioned, this one’s got the most variety of filtering capabilities, although still no search. The cover images are all under the copyrights of their various publishing houses.

Finally, a collection of title stills (as well as some credit stills) from films across the ages. The Movie Title Stills Collection is a one-man show with advert space, shopper links to Amazon, no explicit room for outside contribution of stills, and has All Rights Reserved demarcation. Also, there is no search and the stills are organized thus far only by year, plus two categories of film noir and western. Still though, the collection is relatively broad and I had a good time looking through the films from the 80’s.

Do you have any favorite online archives? If so, please share!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2010 10:49 am

    Hi, I’ve just recently discovered these two:

    Old ads:
    Book covers, flyers etc:


  2. February 16, 2010 12:47 pm

    thank you for yet another hot tip off! archives, what a great idea, word, and way of organising and collecting. not to mention narrowing it down and weeding it out. going to check these all out! in order too.

  3. February 16, 2010 4:55 pm

    moonshine: Yes, the concept of archive/archiving is a fun one, and I really like how the internet is being used to add to the visual imagery we all (used to) conjure up when the word ‘archive’ is mentioned. Rows of boxes on dusty shelves in a warehouse no more! Or, at least, not solely.

    jakub: Thanks for sharing those links! I love looking through those vintage ads.

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