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This Old House: 1865

This Old House: 1865

May 1865. The Bryant house near Petersburg, Virginia. View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

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Is this the same Tim O'Sullivan who helped photograph the Civil War, and later did the surveying photographs of the West? Those broad surfaces take the light in the same way as the Indian cliff dwelling.

[Yes, it's the Civil War photographer Tim O'Sullivan. - Dave]


Is this a duplex?

Wow . . . .

Among all the great photos, THIS one is special. 1865? the detail of those old plates is stunning. it's like a direct peephole into the past. (somehow more so than all the other peepholes on the site).


[Yer very welcome. - Dave]

Close to home...

I wonder if that house is still there. That's worth the drive south for me to check out.

[If you find anything let us know! - Dave]

Coming out of the chimney

What could that line be coming out of the chimney? They didn't have television antennas then.

[Might be a lightning rod. - 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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