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Old January 16 2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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No, not "Purple."

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.



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Old January 17 2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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Old January 17 2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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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.

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Old January 17 2011, 12:39 AM   #4
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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.

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Old January 17 2011, 12:40 AM   #5
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This lady was the 19th Century.



This was taken by Alexander Bassano at Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.
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Old January 17 2011, 01:32 AM   #6
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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
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Old January 17 2011, 01:37 AM   #7
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Abraham Lincoln, taken by the Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner taken in 1865.


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Old January 17 2011, 02:40 AM   #8
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Australian bushranger Ned Kelly taken sometime in 1875 I think. He was hung in 1880.

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Old January 17 2011, 04:30 AM   #9
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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.
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Old January 17 2011, 05:55 AM   #10
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Abraham Lincoln, taken by the Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner taken in 1865.


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Old January 17 2011, 08:46 AM   #11
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Winston Churchill, 1895
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Old January 17 2011, 10:45 AM   #12
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Great entries so far!
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Old January 17 2011, 03:24 PM   #13
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Winston Churchill, 1895
He was quite the looker as a young man.
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Old January 18 2011, 01:19 AM   #14
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Winston Churchill, 1895
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!



(Note, this is not an entry, just a display of utter sexiness. Rrrrrrow!)
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Old January 18 2011, 01:31 AM   #15
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Dmitri Shostakovich FTW.
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