One million hits can’t be wrong. The Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library’s Flickr photostream can take you anywhere you want to go visually in the transportation history of the Los Angeles region.
With no bells and whistles, the one-millionth hit on the photostream crept past the counter this morning at 1:40 a.m., too immersed in history to even notice, we presume.
It was only a little more than two years ago that the transportation library began uploading some 7,000 scanned images from its historic archive of more than 20,000 photographs. The library wanted to share its resources more broadly with its users, but had no idea how popular these images would be, said Kenn Bicknell, Metro’s digital resources librarian.
The Flickr photo collection was an instant hit, receiving enthusiastic feedback from a wide variety of users, including the USC School of Architecture, History Channel, PBS, the Los Angeles Times, Arcadia Publishing and the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Looking for a photo of a northbound streetcar on Broadway in front of the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Building in, say, 1963? Search a keyword and you’ll come up with this beauty, shot by photographer Alan Weeks.
For the entire range of online resources offered by the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library, check it out on the home page.