The Flickr Blog announced today that the apparently oldest photography museum in the world, has joined Flickr and is releasing some of their collection via the Flickr Commons. This is such a great idea, and I look forward to searching through some of those collections, a virtual gold mine for visual researchers. I love this image of three young women, one holding a book on her lap (strangely she is holding it the wrong way around, or is she presenting the ornate book cover to an imagined audience?)- it reminds me of the real Bronte sisters and the fictional Little Women. And then, of course Vermeer’s various paintings of women receiving, reading and writing letters back in the 17th century. What is this fascination with women and reading? It is hard to imagine young men being portrayed the same way as these three girls.