There won’t be much by ay of explanation here except to say that The Commons on Flickr are an absolute treasure trove of historical imagery and I wanted to share a few here. This is the slideshow from The Commons search for Seoul and it produced a beautiful and provocative take on Seoul circa the turn of the 20th century. There has been quite a lot of history going on in this city in the last 100 years and a lot of these images chronicles that. Much of it seems to be taken from the Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations Collection from Cornell University Library. Amazing stuff, especially the early American Legation interior shots.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

One thought on “Images from old Seoul from Flickr’s The Commons”
  1. I’m not going to change this as Flickr should be generating some stability to their search URLs to provide some measure of contextualization for their users. Humans think in patterns and patterns only come from groupings.

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