Happy 6th Birthday, Flickr


Yesterday Flickr turned six years old. With billions of photos, tens of thousands of groups, and a vast online community, it’s a far cry from its initial days as a multi-player gaming site. Of particular note: The Commons, Flickr’s 2-year-old collaboration with famed public photography archives (The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, and the Bibliotheque de Toulouse, to mention a few), easily made accessible with the power of technology.

In honor of the big celebration, we’ve sorted through our favorite archival cake photos — some of which date all the way back to the days of beehives and top hats. More after the jump.

Kinderen Rond Kersttulband Met Kaars, 1960 (Nationaal Archief)

Cutting the Pies and Cakes at the Barbecue Dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair, 1940 (Library of Congress)

Enmore Theatre Lorry – Free Christmas Cake to Each Child, 1938 (State Library of New South Wales)

Cake Decorating Class, Part of Continuing Education Program of Colorado Mountain College, 1972 (U.S. National Archives)

Lena Cohn and Tony Cansdale Cut Their Wedding Cake, 1947 (Australian War Memorial Collection)