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  1. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    An amazing book (that I don't own),'Street Life In London' 1877 by John Thompson.I'd love to own just one of these plates,let alone the entire book.
    Street_Life_in_London 1.jpg St Life 6.jpeg St Life 5.jpeg St Life 3.jpeg St Life 2.jpeg
  2. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

  3. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

  4. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Fardon's 1856 Views of San Francisco photographic folio would work for me too.
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  5. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    The guy selling throat lozenges (pic#3)would have had a bit of a limp.

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  6. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    I always wonder how true to life photos like these really were. I'm no photo expert, but back in 1877 didn't a photo require some serious equipment and several minutes exposure? The subjects had to be deliberately posed.
  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure how that would make them less true. Less spontaneous, of course.

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  8. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Hoping that 'foot' rise or support ISN'T as HEAVY as it looks!!!!!:jawdrop::jawdrop:
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  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    1850's Caddish English 'Fop'-damned bounder ! I believe this callow fellow is 'high hatting' those two innocents.
    1850's UK Pic.jpg
  10. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Photography using a wet collodion emulsion on glass as the negative (1851 - c.1881) required only a few seconds exposure, depending on lighting conditions. In 1878, Edward (Eadweard) Muybridge developed techniques fast enough to photograph a galloping horse, using a series of triggered cameras with fast shutter speeds.

  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Not when the photo was taken, that shoe solved the problem.;) It probably also solved the problem of developing arthritis in his hip joint.

    I speak from experience, although the length difference of my legs is not nearly as bad as his was, but my hip was beginning to play up. I wear a high insole in my shoes, and have adjusted sandals. It is hardly noticeable, I have become a good 'home cobbler' over the years.:D
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  12. mmarco102

    mmarco102 Well-Known Member

    I too wear a lift in my left foot shoe as I was hopping trains at age 12 and while atop a parked freight, was blown off by coming in contact with the tension wires above that held 50,000 volts. In my right hand and out my left foot. 5 surgeries later the growth slowed hence the lift. It was a shocking experience to say the least. :)
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  13. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Due to the rich brown tones, I think the images were made with either the carbon print or the Woodburytype process. The Woodburytype (invented in 1864) seems more likely because it was a photomechanical process, not purely photographic. To reproduce a true photograph onto a book page back then would have led to a great loss of definition and tone. Woodburytypes also had to be "tipped in" to books, not printed onto a page.




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  14. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    @bosko69 - please tell us where you found this particular example of the book (auction listing, ebay, other?). Other versions I have found online do not reproduce the photos so clearly.
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  15. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    I simply meant that posed photos can often be stylized/idealized.
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  16. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    You're right, of course. And typical of the era.

  17. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

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