Archive for September 2009
Here are some of my favorite old photographs, chosen because they are strange and unique. Click the photo to view the entire collection.
No date given – Bathing Machines, Scheveningen
The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 19th century, to allow people to wade in the ocean at beaches without violating Victorian notions of modesty. Bathing machines were roofed and walled wooden carts rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls; others had canvas walls over a wooden frame.
The bathing machine was part of sea-bathing etiquette more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be “proper”.
Especially in Britain, men and women were usually segregated, so nobody of the opposite sex might catch sight of them in their bathing suits, which (although modest by modern standards) were not considered proper clothing to be seen in.
between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915 – Lanander, Chi. – Sweden
I don’t think I’ve added any from this series. Auto polo went on from about 1904 to about 1915, if I’m remembering my research correctly. There were several matches, one in St. Louis, one in Madison Square Gardens. There’s not much online about this, but there’s a great NY Times article here. I strongly agree with the writer in that they would have a difficult time recruiting people for this sport…. Not to be outmatched, we come to:
Taken sometime in the 1910′s, this is an ice auto from Deluth. Wonder what happens when they lean back?
“1910-1915 – Licking blocks of ice on a hot day.” Refreshing, and sanitary!
Apparently used to listen for incoming planes. And to make new recruits look silly.
1907 (?) – Tatoos or body ink
1911 – German stowaway. This photo came from a Ellis Island collection.
The above image was taken in 1889 after the Johnstown Flood, and demonstrates that sarcasm is not a new thing.
Early waterboarding…. “1861-1872 – Man lies on cot under bed cover, his bandaged head rests in wooden apparatus with straps designed to elevate and cool head while allowing moisture from bandages to drip in basin below head”.
I daresay it would have worked on me. “Oh, How I Love The Old Flag. Rebecca, A Slave Girl from New Orleans. [Propaganda portrait of Rebecca, A Slave Girl from New Orlean...] (1864)”
I think all of these came from the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog from the Library of Congress. Great stuff in there. Mostly public domain.
Checking out referring links is turning out to be a big time sink, but it’s way too entertaining. I wasted about two hours at alltop after seeing a link from guykawasaki. Thanks, guy! I did a little research and learned that the first animations were actually found on cave walls. No surprise, they were mostly comprised of scantily clad and very hairy women.
View the complete collection at clicksypics.com
NEWS: This blog is no longer updated, view all new animations at clicksypics.com (they’re much better, I assure you!). Now for your regularly scheduled post:
This is the most asked question, and here’s how it’s done….
Above is a stereo viewer from… way back when. A stereo card with two images taken at slightly different angles was inserted into the viewer and allowed the user to see the image in 3-D. These images were usually taken with a single camera that had two slightly angled lenses. Because the angles of the lenses varied so much between cameras, each animation has a different sort of tilt. More on stereoscopy on wiki here.
To create the animation, I layer the images on top of one another and transition from one to the other. Because of the different lens angles, this process usually involves resizing and repairing some areas to create one seamless image… or as seamless as you can make a hundred year old photograph. So the image above, becomes this:
I came up with this idea on a whim, I don’t know that it’s been done before, I just knew that I had never seen any. I think it’s a different kind of way to view the history and learn – which is never a bad thing. Sometimes I’m not totally happy with how an animation turns out, but post it anyway because the image itself still has historical interest and value.
That’s it in a nutshell. If you would like to view the complete collection, visit clicksypics.com. No need to register to comment, let me know what you think – I can take it!
By the way, the images are all under a creative commons attribution license. Share around, as long as you leave the watermark. A link back to clicksypics.com would be appreciated, but isn’t required.
UPDATE: I’ve created a video with animation, which gets into more detail about how to create these in photoshop. Click me.
This one is for Bennu, thanks for the tweet! Visit his super cool site, Talking Pyramids, for news and info on the pyramids of Egypt. I’m digging that picture of the original entrance of the Great Pyramid… I wonder if that old graffiti is still there.
To view the complete collection, visit clicksypics.com
To find out how these are created, go here.
This one looks to me like a drawing, but this animation came from a stereo photograph. The only editing was for creating the animation… and the little border. A great picture, I think. No information on the photographer but the Library of Congress website catalog of this animation (the original stereo card photo) can be viewed here.