Here is the photo I've had as my laptop screen saver for the past month or so:
I love New York City, and I am a history freak. Give me a pile of old black & white photos of people I don't know or places I can fall in love with and I go all tunnel-vision until I've made my way through each story and every face. Since I was a child I could pore over old postcards, book inscriptions, photos, diaries for hours and hours. I am in love with the magic and tragedy and beauty and mystery of the past.
I found this photo going through a place of SEVERE time-suckage for me...and I risk endangering your valuable time if you suffer from the same addiction as I do, but here it is: the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Just type in any subject, and you'll get to browse through old photographs, sketches, architectural drawings, etc. endlessly. Sigh. Now you know a little bit more about how nerdy I am.
Good thing I didn't tell you about my obsession with the Civil War around ages 14-16 which involved a produced piece for the Junior High Communications tv programming and a visit with a high school teacher and two other students to the home of a collector with an entire building dedicated to his memorabilia.