Video Lesson: Early Life of Andrew Jackson

We have taken another step in our efforts to increase the visual richness of educational materials: Please have a look at 6 minutes video about Andrew Jackson’s early life. We find it quite easy to perceive.

This lesson is a collaboration effort between GetArchive and the popular educational project “Reading Through History” that was founded by two Western Oklahoma teachers and a designer. We augmented the “Reading Through History” scholastic material with visuals found on Picryl, the largest search engine for public domain media. The music used in the video is also in public domain from vast Internet Archive collections.

Enjoy!

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Why we built PICRYL.com, the largest public domain search engine

Why we built PICRYL.com, the largest public domain search engine

untitled-1   Boris Tolkachev, one of the founders of GetArchive.net, Picryl.com

The Problem

The Internet is great for many reasons, including free stuff you can get: news, books, images, music, all the things that feed your creativity and your soul. I am a visual person and love vintage photographs. In 2007, while babysitting and working from home, I bought a large photo frame and started searching for historical images online to play non-stop 24/7. I love this stuff. So I found tens of thousands of astonishing images with planes, rockets, the Moon, cars, tanks, guns, sports, wars, fashion, waterskiing and more.

I’ve learned that I can’t post all those images online if I care about the law. OK. They still play on that obsolete photo frame in my kitchen. Now in 2017, same as in 2007, I can’t legally share those images online.

Wait! May things changed since 2007 – we have image boards, Instagram and sites like Pinterest. But nothing has changed in regards to the copyright law… I wonder how the Pinterest operates in terms of copyright.

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What Will Enter The Public Domain in 2017?

What Will Enter The Public Domain in 2017?

On January 1, every year, we celebrate Public Domain Day, the day when work’s copyright expires, and it enters the public domain. It means that each of them you can freely use (display, modify, print, etc.) without asking permission from the author.

In 2017 the list of the public domain was enriched by the works of thirty notable persons.

We created several collections that now is available on Picryl. Take a look!

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Republican Presidents of the United States

Republican Presidents of the United States

Soon after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, we decided to take a look at political US history through Picryl and we have found all Republican presidents. Do you know them all?

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How Ballet Russes Became Trendy

How Ballet Russes Became Trendy

It’s been a long time since Sergey Diaghilev’s modern dance enterprise swept across the world and conquered the American and European bourgeoisie. Diaghilev’s experiment started long before the establishing of Ballet Russes in 1906. In 1906 he organised the Exhibition of Russian Art at the Petit Palais in Paris. After the grand success, he proceeds to establish his first “Saison Russe”.

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Age of Reason of American Architecture

Age of Reason of American Architecture

The United States was a brand new country in the 18th century. The country that just fought for independence and got it. In Europe, at least in the realm of ideas, the 18th century was the Age of Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, Liberty, Progress, Tolerance, Fraternity, Constitution, all with a thick French accent.

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