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Thousands of years of visual culture made free through Wellcome Images
January 21, 2014 9:26 AM   Subscribe

"We are delighted to announce that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome Images." [VIA]
posted by peacay (13 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite

A Wellcome thing.
posted by Thing at 9:28 AM on January 21

Freely available for commercial use, at that. All that's required is Attribution. Yay!
posted by Nelson at 9:31 AM on January 21

needs more bandwidth
posted by j_curiouser at 9:35 AM on January 21 [2 favorites]

Oh no I have just been reminded of that tea-smuggling game they had out a few years back to which I was horribly addicted.
posted by elizardbits at 9:36 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]

There goes my afternoon.
posted by immlass at 9:40 AM on January 21

I see quite a few individual manuscript pages (or in some cases just a picture of the inside of the cover) but no obvious way to page through the rest of the manuscript. What am I missing?
posted by jedicus at 9:47 AM on January 21

What am I missing?

The rest of the manuscript, probably.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:55 AM on January 21

Welp, can't even load the page. I did get through to the blog via the via link. Guess who was the first off the mark to thank them?

(Oh, page is loaded now but man, is it ever slow right now.)
posted by maudlin at 9:56 AM on January 21

Wow. That's really really cool. Is this the same Wellcome that has a semi-disturbing medical history exhibit at the London Science Museum?
posted by Rock Steady at 10:00 AM on January 21

Oh hells YES.

Tattoo designs gallery

With actual bits of skin with tattoos on them.


I can't decide if that's even better than the photo of Dr. James Barry.
posted by Katemonkey at 12:29 PM on January 21

Also, it is totally time to make my own American Horror Story: Coven opening credits montage.
posted by Katemonkey at 12:40 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]

  Freely available for commercial use, at that

Not all of them. The modern ones are rights-managed; you have to negotiate usage with the foundation.
posted by scruss at 2:06 PM on January 21

The rest of the manuscript, probably.

From the inside cover picture it's clear they have the whole thing.
posted by jedicus at 6:13 PM on January 21

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