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RJDiogenes January 16 2011 11:58 PM

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No, not "Purple." :rommie:

I got the idea for this contest from the latest issue of American Heritage. There's an article (based on a book called The Last Muster) about surviving photographs of people who actually served in the Revolutionary War. It's pretty amazing.

So the theme here will be 19th Century photography. People, places, things from anywhere in the world-- the only requirement is that the photo must have been taken in the 1800s. And, no, it doesn't necessarily have to be sepia toned.

Oh, and the "no media" rule is lifted for this contest. ;)

My entry, from the magazine article, will be Molly Ferris Akin. She was a Quaker woman who was torn between her desire to participate in the Revolution and her dedication to non-violence. When she discovered a hidden camp of Redcoats, she snuck into their camp and fired off a gun to alert the Americans to their presence. Then she snuck away again, never having hurt anyone. :mallory:

http://home.comcast.net/%7ERJDiogene...FerrisAkin.jpg

Have at it, Historians! :bolian:

JiNX-01 January 17 2011 12:20 AM

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http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...eM1885AV-1.jpg
1885

J.T.B. January 17 2011 12:29 AM

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What a coincidence, I am already using an av that qualifies!

From Mathew Brady's photo of Lt. General Ulysses Grant in his rumpled campaign uniform at his field headquarters near Cold Harbor in 1864. It was a completely new kind of un-posed, informal, unpretentious and more human portrait of a leader.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w.../gen_grant.png

Locutus of Bored January 17 2011 12:39 AM

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http://i492.photobucket.com/albums/r...ivingPhoto.jpg

Quote:

One of the two earliest known evidences of seminal photographic activity, made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1825 by the heliograph process. This illustration is of an etching printed from a metal plate that was etched following alteration of the ground by sunlight; the image is of a 17th Century Flemish engraving showing a man leading a horse.

Niépce took what is believed to be the world’s first photogravure etching, in 1822, of an engraving of Pope Pius VII, but the original was later destroyed when he attempted to duplicate it. The earliest surviving photogravure etchings by Niépce are of a 17th century engraving of a man with a horse and of an engraving of a woman with a spinning wheel. Niépce did not have a steady enough hand to trace the inverted images created by the camera obscura, as was popular in his day, so he looked for a way to capture an image permanently. He experimented with lithography, which led him in his attempt to take a photograph using a camera obscura.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic%C3%A9phore_Ni%C3%A9pce

Zion Ravescene January 17 2011 12:40 AM

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This lady was the 19th Century.

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/3...wackyqueen.jpg

This was taken by Alexander Bassano at Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

trampledamage January 17 2011 01:32 AM

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http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...003preview.jpg

Shorpy.com is one of my favourite web-sites - heaps and heaps of old photographs scanned and stored. This one is from 1896 and the caption reads:

White Plains Station, NV, 1896 This town no longer exists

auntiehill January 17 2011 01:37 AM

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Abraham Lincoln, taken by the Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner taken in 1865.


http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Lincoln425.jpg

ElimParra January 17 2011 02:40 AM

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Australian bushranger Ned Kelly taken sometime in 1875 I think. He was hung in 1880.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...a/NedKelly.jpg

Canadave January 17 2011 04:30 AM

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Bah. If only the Prokudin-Gorskii photos of the Russian Empire had been taken ten years earlier, I could use them. I love those photos...

I'll have to think about this one.

JiNX-01 January 17 2011 05:55 AM

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auntiehill wrote: (Post 4665125)
Abraham Lincoln, taken by the Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner taken in 1865.


http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Lincoln425.jpg

Vote!

captcalhoun January 17 2011 08:46 AM

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http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i8.../churchill.jpg

Winston Churchill, 1895

RJDiogenes January 17 2011 10:45 AM

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Great entries so far! :bolian:

trampledamage January 17 2011 03:24 PM

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captcalhoun wrote: (Post 4665834)

He was quite the looker as a young man.

thestrangequark January 18 2011 01:19 AM

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trampledamage wrote: (Post 4666145)
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captcalhoun wrote: (Post 4665834)

He was quite the looker as a young man.

I could see him as a Bangable Dude in History, for sure, though he's no Tesla!

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...ark/Tesla3.jpg

(Note, this is not an entry, just a display of utter sexiness. Rrrrrrow!)

Zion Ravescene January 18 2011 01:31 AM

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thestrangequark wrote: (Post 4667406)

Dmitri Shostakovich FTW. :bolian:


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