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Blog Action Day: Flickr Commons Images of Acquiring Water

Water in Bengal
Water in Benal (1944)

In honor of this year’s Blog Action Day theme of Water, I wanted to share some stunning images from the Flickr Commons. The images I have selected, contributed by cultural heritage institutions from around the world, show methods of transportation or acquisition of water. I will let the images speak for themselves below, but next time you go to turn on the tap water in your home – think of all of those for whom getting water is a huge challenge each and every day. While most of the images below are from decades ago, easy access to safe, clean water is still a current issue. Please consider supporting an organization like Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

And now.. the photos!

Summer scene, N.Y. - drinking water from street pump (LOC)
1910: Drinking Water from Street Pump, NY
Catskill aqueduct. ... Contract 58. March 4, 1913.
1913, Catskill Aqueduct
Filling an Indian pot with water from the cart
1918, Central France, Filling pot with water from a cart
[Native girls, Marken Island, Holland] (LOC)
1890: Native Girls in Holland
Ways of using a divining rod (LOC)
1910: Ways of using a divining rod
Alice Thompson, Besoco, West Virginia, Is Shown with Milk Bottles Her Neighbors Furnish Her Water with after Her Water Lines Were Cut Off. She Is Divorced From a Coal Miner Who Was Imprisoned for Killing a Man 04/1974
1974: Alice Thompson, Besoco, West Virginia, Is Shown with Milk Bottles Her Neighbors Furnish Her Water with after Her Water Lines Were Cut Off. She Is Divorced From a Coal Miner Who Was Imprisoned for Killing a Man
Faro Caudill drawing water from his well, Pie Town, New Mexico (LOC)
1940: Faro Caudill drawing water from his well, Pie Town, New Mexico

 

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6 Comments

  1. Elena_SC

    Thanks to be part of Blog Action Day!
    Please read and share my post about Water’s footprint in Fashion: you’d be surprised at how much impact your personal or family clothing preferences have on the environment. http://wp.me/pXsUB-oi
    You can make the difference!

  2. commonweeder

    Great photos. I didn’t know about the Flickr commons. My daughter had to haul water when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, but when she left, she left 2 huge water tanks in the village, that collected water from a gravity feed spring. She put in the water line from spring to tank, and supervised the buildign of the tanks. My Blog Action Day post takes a different aspect of water waste and hazard.

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