"We realised what a fascinating archive of images we were sitting on."
October 2, 2007 1:23 AM   Subscribe

The London Zoo's historic photographic archive went online today. According to news reports, the pictures will be offered for sale to fund conservation programs. Via.
posted by amyms (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Too many distracting watermarks (unless that bear has a large (c) shaved into its chest).
posted by RavinDave at 1:34 AM on October 2, 2007

Chapman's Zebra... that sounds interesting. Select text, right-click, Search Google for.... ah. Javascript alert box. Lord protect me from incompetent web developers.
posted by Leon at 2:30 AM on October 2, 2007

Lord protect me from incompetent web developers.

Yes, the navigation is awkward, but if you left-click on the pics, you can see them embiggened. I think the site is being a little overzealous in trying to protect themselves from people trying to copy the pics without buying them. I can't imagine why they protected their text captions, though... Weird.
posted by amyms at 2:46 AM on October 2, 2007

Zoo Library Happiness:

The Head Librarian of the Zoo when I was doing some research there was called Mr Fish.

Also in the old copperplate daybook, there's a note about Mr Darwin dropping by to see the very first orangutan, called, I'm proud to say, Jenny.

And lastly, there's a book by a Norwegian woman radical feminist zoologist in the library calling for the name of the orangutan (meaning 'man of the jungle') to be changed so that it means Person of the jungle.
posted by jennydiski at 2:58 AM on October 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

I posted this somewhere else because the bear and the tiger cub pic was so sweet. Also, if Chpaman can have a zebra, why can't I?
posted by Abiezer at 2:58 AM on October 2, 2007

The inner photographer is happy, but the inner human isn't. Those enclosures were so ridiculously small. I don't LOVE zoos even now, but those Victorian ones were just cruel.
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:58 AM on October 2, 2007

You can see some of the pictures without watermarks on the BBC site. (They also seem to be better quality, though cropped a bit more.) (The accompanying article though it doesn't add much.)
posted by inigo2 at 7:19 AM on October 2, 2007

Keeper inspecting Common Hippo, 1923

I hadn't realized hippos were native to London.

Cool pictures, not very well done site, which is a shame.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:08 AM on October 2, 2007

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