The following announcement was written by Footnote.com:
Collection Features More than 80,000 Photos from WWII and Vietnam Now Freely Accessible at Footnote.com
Lindon, UT May 22, 2008 - In commemoration of Memorial Day, Footnote.com today announced their entire collection of military photos will be made permanently free on the site. The collection features over 80,000 photos from WWII and Vietnam making it the largest collection of its kind on the web.
Through their partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Footnote.com has digitized and indexed the photos, which include images of downed aircraft, aerial photos of bombings, fighter groups and combat photos. What makes the photos unique are the short captions included with the photos, which provide interesting details about the events and people featured. To view these photos click here.
The announcement follows closely behind Footnote.com's recent release of an interactive version of the Vietnam War Memorial. The online memorial is one of the largest images on the web and features a full-size photo of the memorial in Washington, DC. Visitors to the interactive memorial can search for names of fallen veterans, connect with other people, and create tributes by adding their own photos and stories to the site. To view the Vietnam War Memorial, go to www.footnote.com/thewall/.
"Making history accessible is only one facet to our mission," explains Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "Our goal is to create a site that enables people to interact with history; to add their own 'footnote' to history."
Footnote.com encourages everyone to upload their own shoeboxes containing photos, letters and documents. Members then can add their own comments, insights and create web pages highlighting their discoveries. The web pages can also be used to create online memorials where family and friends can also contribute.
Footnote.com features over 35 million images on the site with two million new historical records being added each month. To view the unique content on Footnote.com and see what the Footnote Community has been doing, visit www.footnote.com.
Footnote.com is a subscription website that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At Footnote.com, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.