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The Freshwater and Marine Image Bank is an ongoing digital collection of images related to freshwater and marine topics, in all their diversity. It includes images of fish, shellfish, and marine mammals, pictures of fish hatcheries and dams and vessels, materials related to polar exploration, regional and traditional fisheries, and limnological (freshwater) subjects. Its scope is global. People have always been fascinated by aquatic and marine stories and imagery. Many gorgeous 18th and 19th century books provide lovingly hand-colored images of curious fish and other living creatures. Narratives of exploration have included wonderful pictures of explorers crossing polar seas and icecaps. The publications of the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries and related agencies have included copious illustrations, of living creatures, fishery products, etc. Today, unfortunately, most of those images lay buried in aging volumes on fragile paper in obscure corners of library stacks. We believe that there is still much interest and utility in these early illustrations, whether for those who are merely curious, or for students gathering illustrations for papers or for researchers. Many such images, all located in the “public domain,” are included here, and they are copiously indexed. For the most part, the images have been scanned from volumes to be found in the University of Washington Libraries. The more than 18,000 images were taken from a variety of publications issued between 1735 and 1924. ... [Information of the supplier]
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