The service is realized by Finnish software company Anygraaf Oy.
The eve’s eve of the National Veterans' Day on 25 April marks exactly one year from the opening of the Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive. Over the last year, this internationally unique open information service has been visited by over a million people from all over the world, resulting in a total of over 31.3 million image downloads.
The service update to be carried out on National Veterans' Day will make available over 800 rare and historically significant colour photographs from the time of the Continuation War, including photographs from the bombing and occupation parade of Vyborg.
In addition to the colour photographs, the update will incorporate the National Defence Force’s digitised news videos from 1940–1944, hosted in the National Audiovisual Institute’s online Elonet service, into the site’s search. The usability of the site will also be improved; visitors will now be able to search and review content organised by themes, such as photographs taken during key holidays.
The new materials to be added to the service as part of the update and the nearly 160,000 black and white photographs already on display are all free to download and use. The Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive will also be made available through the finna.fi service as part of the National Digital Library project, which will facilitate the work of researchers, for example. Anyone visiting the service can leave feedback on the photographs in order to add background information to the materials.
The updated Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive (www.sa-kuva.fi) will open on National Veterans' Day on 27 April at 12 noon.