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    1870 images from the "wild west"

    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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mr rusty View Post
    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
    Interesting post, but was it worth having to reveal you're a Daily Mail reader?

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    Interesting post, but was it worth having to reveal you're a Daily Mail reader?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mr rusty View Post
    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.
    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/2...s-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!

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    Thanks for posting this.
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