Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


Exploring The Commons: People and their Pets

I often find myself searching through The Commons on Flickr for hours at a time. I love historical/black and white photography and this place is the absolute mother lode.

The Commons is an archive of public photography from around the world. Most of the photos are out of copyright/in the public domain and can be used in a variety of ways; usually without any attribution (great for us bloggers). The photos range from quirky and fun to touching and heartbreaking. Some date back to the beginnings of photography while others are much more recent.

Because I spend so much time on the site and find so many great photos, I thought I would start a regular series here on the blog where I share my favorites with you. Some posts, like today’s, will have some sort of theme; other days they will just be random.

Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts on the pictures or provide links to your favorite photos in The Commons.

*You can hover over each photo for the title or click through to link the the original on Flickr*
Dog with backpack, 1939 / by Sam HoodZookeeper and bearsStudy of a girl with ringlets teaching her dog to sit up, 1930s / by Sam HoodRoyal Easter Show, 1935 / by Sam HoodStudy of a small girl with a prize Scottish terrier dog, c. 1935 / by Sam HoodEvacuation from Tobruk, 1941Llangefni children enjoying the sun with their pet rabbit

I think I’ve been drawn to these photographs this week because I am missing my pups back at home in Utah. I’ve had pets from the day I was born, so being here in Bulgaria with no kitty or pup to love on is tough. The fact that there are so many strays in Sofia makes it even worse. I want to brings each and every one of them home. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible (obviously), so I have to make due by feeding them whenever I can. Perhaps this makes the problem worse, but I can’t help it.

These photos of children, soldiers, and others enjoying their pets and showing them love helps to mend my aching heart.

And that little girl in the white dress with her puppy? Too cute for words.


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