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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Caboose Selfie: 1905

Caboose Selfie: 1905

Circa 1905. "Lake Shore caboose." Yet another negative we bought years ago for 99 cents from someone in Ohio. We may not know the name of the photographer, but we know what he looks like. 3¼ x 5½ inch glass plate. View full size.

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I wonder

I wonder how many REALLY close-up shots of dirt, ballast, and ties he took before perfecting this technique?

If I was mathematically inclined

I would try to calculate the force that was needed to trip the shutter, given the length and size of his trip string.

Non wireless remote

I thought he was cracking a whip at first, then realized it was a string back to the camera shutter.

Why is this a selfie?

Or is this using a popular photography word for the fun of it.

[It's a selfie because he's taking his own picture. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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