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Motley Crew: 1864

Motley Crew: 1864

A closeup of the gents in the 1864 Civil War photo two doors down. An interesting variety of smoking materials, headgear and footwear. View full size.

 

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Guns?

You can bet that these guys had one or more guns close at hand. These are the most dangerous looking bunch of men I have seen in a long time.

1864 Shutter Speeds

At this stage in the development of photography, one had to sit/stand completely frozen for at least five seconds in order to get a clean, unblurred image. Obviously some of these gentlemen found that alot easier to do than others.

Sociopaths?

Maybe so, but one must realize that those men lived in a time and place when dead bodies didn't attract a second glance from anyone. Some of these men had probably killed someone or other over the course of the war, so yeah, life was pretty cheap to them. After the war they no doubt went back to wherever the hell they came from and tried to forget it ever happened.

Crew

I find it interesting that we don't see any guns on these guys.

Band of Beards

Also an interesting variety of shaving styles.

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