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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Circular Church, Charleston: 1865

Circular Church, Charleston: 1865

April 1865. Charleston, South Carolina, after bombardment by the Federal Navy. View from roof of the Mills House, looking up Meeting Street at ruins of the Circular Church, damaged in an 1861 fire. View full size. This is the scaffolded building seen in last week's Civil War posts. From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Right half of a wet-plate glass negative stereograph. Of interest is the faint registration of clouds, which I've brought out with the Shadows & Highlights filters in Photoshop. Most daytime outdoor photography from the 19th century shows blank white skies, a common characteristic of the blue-sensitive emulsions used in the days before panchromatic black-and-white emulsions came into use.

 

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Below is the same view from May of 2010.

Charleston 1865

The photo series is wonderful. And now we can see the circular part of the Circular Church. My compliments to you, Dave, on bringing out the clouds. I must now visit Charleston.

[Thanks! - Dave]

 
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