1870 images from the "wild west"

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  1. mr rusty

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    Some really interesting pictures again from our Daily Mail (I wish it wasn't otherwise such a sensationalist rag).

    Someone on the paper is definitely into researching old photos.

    Anyway, these from around 1870 by Timothy O'Sullivan documenting the "wild west" - some really good images here!

    http://tinyurl.com/ctq7534
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    Beautiful images, but the article is full of errors.
    O'Sullivan did not use a "Box" camera, but usually a 20x24" camera with bellows.
    The images are not sepia toned, but are more likely albumen prints from wet plate negatives.
    There are other errors,but these are the two which hit me immediately.

    Thank you for the link. The images are worth putting up with errors in the text.
     
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    Interesting post, but was it worth having to reveal you're a Daily Mail reader?
     
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    :laugh: It *really* is a rag. 90% of the articles have errors in them - I despair at the quality of reporting, but as its "free news" I do look in most mornings, and most mornings wish afterwards that I hadn't bothered!

    However, they keep running these "old photos" stories, which not only put up some interesting images, but also, I think, educate some people into the quality that was achieved with rudimentary equipment.
     
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    The last shot of Santa Fe is kinda mind blowing...looked so very, very different.
     
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    I think it's cool that they brought up these old photographs and posted them. It's a very interesting glimpse into days gone by, before we wrecked the planet.
     
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    Well, OK. Here's a link to the same article from Atlantic Monthly. It's a bit more of a high brow publication so you shouldn't feel so bad.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/the-american-west-150-years-ago/100304/#
     
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    I really enjoyed the link... awesome imagery!!
     
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    I always love seeing photos of the west, great set. I always wanted to have a nice large format copy of O'Sullivan's and Curtis's work depicting the peoples and lands of America at the turn of the century, but I never see them outside of large libraries or museums. I bet they have to cost a pretty penny.

    Thanks for the link!
     
  10. Sirius Glass

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    Thanks for posting this.
     
  11. paul_c5x4

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    I hope you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and remember to clean between the ears :pinch:
     
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    Actually, to correct Jim Noel, most of the O'Sullivan images are 10x12, which is still plenty big when you think about him hauling around hundreds of glass plates. The original images are wet plate collodion negatives on glass plates, printed on albumen paper. There was a wonderful exhibition of his work about 2 or 3 years ago here in Washington DC at the Museum of American Art entitled "Picturing The West". Many of the images featured in that article were in the exhibit. I know it traveled after it left DC, but I forget where else it went. In any case, the exhibition catalog, of the same title, should still be available on Amazon.
     
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    Thanks a lot for posting the link, very nice and interesting to watch.