Before the blog I started with the photo sharing site called Flickr and I’ve been enjoying it since I first joined. It is such a fun community of like-minded people with artists sharing their photographs and artwork, historians trying to preserve history and collectors creating virtual museums.
Flickr has some great groups that collect photos, scans and artwork for a common theme.
This is a list of some of my favorite groups in no particular order -
Retro Kid - Has the largest collection of scanned mid-century artwork from kid's books to kid's advertising on the net.
Vintage Christmas 1945-1970 - Always a fun place to visit anytime of the year, but especially nice this month!
Vintage SuperMarkets, Grocery & Convenience Stores - I have a thing for the classic Supermarkets and this group will make you feel like you've gone back in time, just without the muszak.
Spirit of '76 - Forget the 80's, 90's and now as this group is stuck in the red, white and blue year of 1976.
Raiders of the Lost Snacks - This group wins the prize for best name as it celebrates vintage to modern snack items that feature a character.
Zooty the Newt - I started this group to hopefully reintroduce and to keep around the old environmental, conservation and safety character mascots.
Animation History Archive - You can see a wonderful collection of items from the golden age of animation.
Mold-A-Rama - Dedicated to those wonderful wax sculpures.
Roadside Dinosarus - No extinct Dinosaurs here as long at they're made out of concrete, fiberglass or plastic.
Vintage Disneyland - Old snapshots from the happiest place on earth before 1979.
Classic Disneyland Souvenirs - More Disneyland goodness!
Vintage Mini-Golf - Grab your putter for this fun group.
Vintage Motel Signs Only - Just good old motel signs and postcards.
Mid-Century Illustrated, Mid-Century Illustrated Originals & Mid-Century Packaging - This is a mid-century trifecta.
Sugar Frosted Cereal Museum - A virtual museum I started for vintage kid's cereal items.
Muffler Men - A fine tribute to the king of the roadside, the Muffler Man.
Vintage Halloween - Boo!
Vintage Vacations - Personal vacation photos from back in the day.
Restaurant Mascots - From Ronald to Pizza Hut Pete.
I could keep going and going but this list is already long enough and half the fun is discovering groups for yourself. The only bad thing is that it's easy to get overwhelmed and I have a hard time keeping up with all my favorites. These groups are easy to join and I'm sure they would love to have you, but you must first be a member of Flickr. A limited membership is free.