The Smithsonian just released millions of free images, including these Harlem throwbacks

Updated: Nov 10, 2020


Harlem throwback: poster for Murder on Lenox Ave Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian just released millions of free images of its collections, making it super easy for the public to download and share pictures from its museums, libraries, and more.


Called Open Access, the institution's new online sharing platform gives anyone with a computer the ability to use nearly 3 million digital items, no permission needed.


Search for, say, "Harlem," and images of old movie posters, memorabilia from famous jazz clubs, and more pop up. Below are just a few gems.


Craving more? Head to Open Access and start your own digital dig.



Above: Poster for "Murder on Lenox Ave," 1941

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture



Bottle tag from the Cotton Club, 1923-1933

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi




Postcard for Sugar Ray's Cafe, 1946-1954

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi


Harlem throwback: Postcard for Sugar Ray's Cafe Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi


Table knocker from the Elk's Rendezvous nightclub, 1935-1945

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi

Harlem throwback: table knocker from the Elk's Rendezvous nightclub Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi

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