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The Old Stove: 1935

The Old Stove: 1935

September 1935. "Garrett County, Maryland. Interior of a house." 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung, Resettlement Administration. View full size.



Notice the clothesline over the stove. Extra benefit extracted from the heat -- assuming the clothes didn't fall on the stove and burn.

Amazing quality

I am very familiar with 35mm film, and this guy is simply amazing. In fact, I have a real hard time believing that this is not a larger format given the tonal quality of the image, never mind the detail. Just extraordinary!

[We can thank the Shadows & Highlights filter in Photoshop CS3 for a lot of that goodness. - Dave]

Garrett County

My mom's family lived in Garrett County for 150 years. Nice stove.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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