Getty Images Honors the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

History may not have been your favorite subject in school (or hey, who am I to judge, it could be a pet interest of yours). In any case, when our country hits historic milestones, you often seem various interpretations commemorating the event.  iStock by Getty Images took a clever approach to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address (Tuesday, November 19). They created an interactive visual “The Gettysburg Address in Images,” which, just as it sounds, explores the famous speech through their images.

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Getty explains the project:

An image is worth a thousand words….or perhaps 271, the number of words in Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. One hundred and fifty years ago, Lincoln’s speech laid the foundation for human equality. iStock decided to celebrate the anniversary in the best way we know how – by translating it into images from our collection.

As you scroll over each image, the word the image represents is revealed. The page spells out the entire speech using their images. It’s fun to see if you can remember the speech and check out what visuals their designers chose to use to represent the text.

The event was also commemorated at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and an Abraham Lincoln actor read the speech. This visually interesting and creative approach to celebrating the famous speech by Abraham Lincoln’s speech might make you want to check out some other history buffs or take a crack at designing your own historically-influenced piece.


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