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Thanks a million!

Posted Aug 1, 2011 Posted by Be the first to comment

We are proud beyond words to announce that our online archive of historic images of the Florida Keys recently passed the million-hit mark — meaning the images have been viewed more than 1 million times. That’s quite something for a little library system at the end of the road.

The site can be accessed from this website — just click on any of the images under “Our Pix” at right — or by going directly to Flickr and searching for our photostream under “Florida Keys–Public Libraries.”

The online archive has been the work of Historian Tom Hambright and a team of hardworking volunteers. Since 2007, together they have scanned, uploaded and identified more than 10,000 images for the site. The images are organized into collections by donor or subject, such as fishing, the military and, more recently, a spectactular set celebrating the upcoming centennial of the Overseas Railway — including the image used for the celebratory cake, above.

“It’s an exciting project and we are thrilled by the public’s reception of the photographic collection,” said Library Director Norma Kula. “It’s nice to see that people enjoy it as much as we enjoy putting it together.”

Hambright has helped people find photographs of family members through the site — in one recent case, a woman who had no other photograph of her father found one in the collection of waterfront passes required for workers during World War I. Hambright said he is also pleased to be able to share the history of the Keys with so many people, far and wide.

“If we’d had a million people come in here, we’d have been a little crowded,” Hambright said.

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