Happy Birthday Fansinaflashbulb!


Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman with Camera], ca. 1935 (437.2005)

Nine years ago today Fansinaflashbub was born. It premiered with the post:

Let the blog begin
Posted on November 19, 2008 by fansinaflashbulb

Starting on November 20, the International Center of Photography will add images and interpretive text highlighting works within its collections. These will include photographic images, noted books, and other fascinating artifacts. Let the blog begin..


Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1890 (2008.39.1)

To commemorate this monumental achievement in longevity this post presents photos and objects that can not be seen anywhere else. Photos and objects that are unique, breathtaking, spellbinding, and are at least 80 years old.

Nine yearsit seems like only yesterday. Time flies when you’re blogging. Nine years is about: nine-tenths as long as King Tut’s reign; about three-fourths as long as FDR‘s Presidential Term; about one-and-a-half times as long as World War II; about two times as long as World War I; about two-and-a-half times as long as the American Civil War; about one-thirtieth as long as a giant tortoise’s lifespan; and about 150,000,000 times as long as the first movie.


Unidentified Photographer, [Frey Family Marble Book], ca. 1900

Throughout the nine years of Fansinaflashbulb’s existence there have been 1,094 posts, 1,856,918 views, and there are now slightly north of 3,000 followers. There have been 497,069 views from the United States, 84,449 views from France, 17,216 from the Netherlands, 5,484 from Hungary, 2,539 from Thailand, 2,932 from Taiwan, 1,381 from Peru, 1,001 from Georgia, 563 from Iceland, 267 from Armenia, 204 from Angola, 198 from Sudan, 175 from Sri Lanka, 145 from Kazakhstan, 87 from Cambodia, 69 from Laos, 22 from Libya and Iran, 21 from Madagascar and Turkmenistan, eight from Bhutan, five from Liberia and Vatican City, four from Mali and Tajikistan, two from Rwanda and Antarctica, one from Togo and Samoa.


Unidentified Photographer, [Four Unidentified Men in Frames] ca. 1875 (2008.81.8)

We are speaking seriously about civil rights. And politics. Concerned photography is a concern. We positively present books, magazines, newspapers, and posters. (Even a few GIFs.) Frequently thinking about food and freedom and music. There’s something for everybody. Perhaps cats are your cup of tea or coffee. Conceivably you (heart) dogs or birds. Possibly portraits float your boat. Perchance you are crazy for tintypes. Or Polaroids? Currently based in New Jersey and thinking about New York City. From the funny to the sad, from the silly to the sublime. From life to death. Nothing’s too small, or too large. With occasional attempts at humor. You can find almost everything on fansinaflashbulbYou can never have too much Weegee


Unidentified Photographer, [Weegee with camera and woman], ca. 1937 (20153.1993)

Most importantly, thank you for reading!

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Rembrandt, [Unidentified women in a question mark], ca. 1915 (2006.62.1)

Let the blog continue!

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday Fansinaflashbulb!

  1. elmey says:

    I’ve enjoyed the posts very much since I found the blog a few years ago. Congratulations on the Anniversary, and yes, please keep going 🙂

  2. Rod Stowell says:

    Hey what me from the Uk in the list of views?

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