above: An example of one of the hidden gems in the TopFoto archive that has been discovered with the partnership of the EuropeanaPhotography project. EU001059 – “Chariots of Fire” legend, Harold Abrahams (blindfolded on left, 4 years before he won the Olympic Gold medal for Great Britain), Cambridge ‘Blue’ and 100 yard runner, sprints against a totally blind man at St Dunstan’s, 20 June 1920. ©TopFoto
UK based photo library Topfoto are the first online with a dedicated search button highlighting their contribution to the Europeana scanning project. Europeana is an EU project to harness the visual archives of Europe to a central research point at a single URL. There are already 21 million images there, mainly of documents.
TopFoto is the UK partner of the Europeana Photography group that is 19 in number, representing 13 countries in Europe, whose task, by 2015, is to deliver 535,705 digitised and indexed photographs from 1839 to 1939.
View a selection of TopFoto images digitised for Europeana Photography
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