I’m always looking for things to use to lend “artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative,” as Gilbert and Sullivan put it.
And I found this: Yester*Vid. Want to see dance moves from the 1920s? Want to see the oldest footage of New York, London, Chicago? Want to see THE Queen Victoria in a carriage, holding her Pomeranian (dog, that is)?
I think this is great! Even if your book isn’t set in the past, if the past plays a part (and doesn’t it always?), it could be useful to be able to describe what someone in an old photo is wearing, or to refer to some little detail that would add characterization or might even end up being a plot point.
Yester*Vid has a YouTube channel, too. Highly recommended.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Look at one of Yester*Vid’s offerings and concoct a plot involving it.