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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]

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