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Thank you, pingnews, not only for making these images available, but for including so much information with them. This photostream is an invaluable resource for important images. Keep them coming!

February 24, 2008
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Thanks, Pingnews, for offering fantastic public domain images for my educational projects! I appreciate that each photo has detailed information about the subject and where it was taken.

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November 18, 2007

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