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Welcome. This site is under construction so please excuse my dust. The purpose of this site is to allow my friends to view in full resolution the photos that I have recently posted. It is dedicated to the appreciation of “old school” large format photography which required time and skill. It is also dedicated to the subjects in these images who are no longer with us. Negatives were 4 inches by 5 inches and up to 8 x 10 in size. One 4 x 5 analog negative has the digital equivalent yield of 300 to 500 million pixels. That’s a lot of information and is why they can be best appreciated by viewing them in full resolution. Scroll down and click on an image once for full screen and a second time to explore the image in full resolution. Hope you enjoy them: Ron Wyatt
Bring your spray cans and magic markers and enter into this pristine graffiti free public toilet in Buffalo NY 1909. Someone was impressed as he set up his 5 x 7 negative camera and froze this Toilet in time. Someone left a hair in one of the sinks can you find it. There is also a toilet paper roll that says “American toilet paper” on the roll. Check out the polished chrome fixtures and marble walls. From the overhead plumbing looks like another toilet upstairs. Only one thing missing….. mirrors.
You are standing on Lake street in Petoskey, Michigan on a sunny Saturday in 1905. Watch your step as the pooper scooper has not made his rounds yet. Looks like electricity has made its way up north indicated by street lights and there are lots of telephones lines. Sidewalks are paved but the street still dirt. Petoskey and the surrounding area are notable for being the setting of several of the Nick Adams stories by Earnest Hemingway, who spent his childhood summers on nearby Wallon lakeThe round tent sign under the welcome sign struck my curiousity. A little research revealed that is the sign of the fraternal organization The Knights Of The Maccabees founded in 1878. I pasted the symbol in lower left. If you would like more information on interesting history of the Knights of the Maccabees click here for Wikipedia or here for Maccabees home page.
This strange structure is one of two built in the U.S. around the turn of the century. This is the Deluth Minnesota arial type bridge built in 1907. Technology did not yet exist for a full suspension bridge like the ambassador bridge for 15 years. It is strange looking at the huge size of this steel structure because it only transferred the gondola 20 feet above the water. It did not lift, just shuttled across from dock to dock. the gondola carried live stock people cars and trucks. Because of limited height of 20 feet you still had to wait for passing ships to pass buy. Seems to me a simple ferry boat would have been a lot less expensive. Perhaps it was winter Ice that made ferry boats difficult in winter.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk had a loop roller coaster in 1899. The not so sturdy wood construction would have me worried. Of interest to me in the photo was the fact that 1. The woman’s hat (red Arrow) appeared to be made of curlers or sponges. 2. The man in the cart that is next (red arrow) appears to be looking up and second guessing his decision to be scared for a dime. 3. I often wondered how so many men did not lose their hats in wind till I noticed the hat in the foreground on the ground. (red arrow) A clip on the hat seems to be tethered to the man’s coat. If the hat blew off It would not go far. 4. The electrical system that illuminated the ride at night appears to be the old fashioned arc lighting system which came before incandescent light. Arc lighting was like a welding rod its light was harse and gave a strobe effect. The two loose wires carried the 100 volts DC to the rod. The tight wire was really a rope that was used to lower the arc light as the rod had to be replaced every hour or two. Must of been quite a site at night to see the roller coaster loppers go by under the illumination of the strobe arc light.
In contrast to the previously featured solidly built log cabin in 1865, Check out this general store and gas station from the early 1930’s in Gordonton, N.C. Looks like it was built from roadside discarded material. Check out the precision shims (red arrows) to insure you wont slide in your seat. Porch Columns look like beach driftwood.
An 8 x 10 inch glass negative shot in 1865 froze in time the occupants of a remarkable log cabin. You don’t have to be a craftsman to appreciate the quality of build of this structure. Starting with the roof the chimney brick and mason work looks spot on. Check out the evenness of the wood shingled roof with the small log across the top. Now look at the logs used. They all appear to be the same diameter and the corners are cut absolutely square. The builder did not stop there look at the small logs used to make the roof of the porch. Now check out the wood columns on the porch
FROZEN IN TIME Vicksburg Mississippi 1928. I cant believe there are 5 legitimate barber shops in this short 1 block area. I think that in the back of each barber shop there is a Chili Palmer (Get Shorty) ready to do a deal. Love the sign that says barber shop inside, I thought I would just sit on the stool out front. I would not be surprised to see a sign that said “Hair Cut While You Wait”.
Before we leave the Atlantic City Beach for the season. There are a couple awards to be given out. Meet the winner of the BIG SPLASH award. That would be the person on the left.
The summer could not end without choosing the bathing beauty winner. All constants had to make their own bathing suit. Who would you choose?
They say we are all born equal. Like being born in the ocean our shore of destiny is not always of our choosing. I sure hope a good life changing event occurred for this sweet girl.
FROZEN IN TIME You are ready to deliver your baby. If you are in the late 1920’s this is where you would go. Enter the delivery room at a hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. The photographer must have been impressed with this high teck as he did an available light shot using a 4 x 5 dry plate negative. Can someone tell my why the oxygen tank and the bed are chained together.
The recent introduction of Apple’s I6 and its I watch is an amazing example of consumer technology. Lets take a look at consumer technology in the early 1920’s Introducing the superheterodyne receiver. Its battery powered All you do is hook up a couple dry cell batteries a coil wiggle a couple wires and shake a cats whisker and wa la, You have an AM only radio with dual headphones. With fresh batteries you can probably listen to the entire 17 minute version of “in a god da da vida”.
It is April in 1865 in Petersburg, Virginia. The war is over as well as his life for this young Confederate soldier laying in a muddy ditch outside the walls of Fort MaChone. Under close observation in full resolution it appears that someone went through his pockets and rendered them inside out. Makes me wonder just how much pilfering of dead bodies went on during the civil war. And if a persons personal effects were taken how was the body later identified. The photographer used a wet plate glass negative which required him to step into a lightproof darkroom and process immediately. For those interested in the process of wet plate photography in the mid 1880’s click here.
Baby Boomers. I was impressed with the photographers ability to capture all 37 kids at once with their eyes open, smiles on their faces and looking at the camera. This is the Corda Madera, California kindergarten class in 1952. This class represented the first wave of baby boomers. We all had looks of happiness and hope and felt we would live forever.
Its still warm out, let’s take another look at the Atlantic City beach in the mid 20’s. Here we have a group of kids having fun in front of a photographer standing in the surf with a 4 x 5 in camera on a heavy wood tripod. I still can’t get over the swim suits of the era. Thick looking dark sun absorbing wool. Guy in the far right looks like he is in his monk outfit.
Labor Day Parade in 1899 in Buffalo, New York. One person in this picture is not wearing a hat can you find her.
Labor Day. Child labor laws were incremental from 1836 to 1938. It is hard to believe that the kids in this photo are employed at the Maryland Packing Company in 1909.
Labor Day was every day as 10 families in this photograph worked together to live off the land in Visalia California 1938. 4 x 5 camera.
Labor Day Tribute to the Calumet, Michigan 1905 Copper Miners. They are on the way down to spend a 12 hour shift underground. The only light they will have is the light on there helmet. Mustache’s must have popular as only one person was without one. Can you find him
Meet the crew of the ill fated U.S.S. Main which exploded unexpectedly and sank within minutes on Feb 15th 1898. A photographer was on board with a plate glass negative camera and froze the crew in time during their “Fancy Dress Ball”. Can you find the sailor with bows on his shoes?
Since its still summer lets go back to the Steeplechase pier Atlantic city 1926. A determined photographer climbed a tower on the beach with his 4 x 5 sheet film camera and FROZE IN TIME all the beach goers. WHERE’S WALDO….. Only one person in this photo is wearing a white bathing suit can you find her.
Loren Bacall. Words cannot describe the provocative glamor and charm of this lady. She was 19 in this picture and was shooting “To Have and Have Not” with Humphry Bogart who was 44. No doubt there are thousands of images of her but someone was on the set with a 4 x 5 camera and she was “Frozen In Time” with all her charm and beauty.
Submitted here are three young ladies setting on a city bench each with a different expression. They are long gone but someone pressed the shutter and they were Frozen in Time.
Are those girls wearing swimsuits or are they dresses. I guess it must have been considered the past time of the day in 1928 to ride down the beach in Atlantic city on your favorite @ss. Someone stepped in front of them with a 5 x 7 press camera and they were FROZEN IN TIME
RIP James Garner. Someone took a picture of him on the studio set shooting Maverick in 1958 again in an instant he was “Frozen In Time”.
1908 Grand Canal, Belle Isle Park, Michigan. Love the guy in the foreground canoe, not to be denied his tunes brought the whole Edison wind up Victrola with him.
Since it is mid summer lets go to the beach. We are at the Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City 1926. All the Beach goers are gone. Cameras were not as common then as now but someone had one and snapped the shutter on a 4 x 5 press camera and they are now all FROZEN IN TIME. Don’t think we had too many tan lines back then.
1909. News delivery girls allowed themselves to be Frozen In Time while waiting in the winter morning for the newspapers in Hartford Ct