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Vintage Port: 1905

Vintage Port: 1905

Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Entrance to Holland America Line piers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

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In reply to ceraurus and Dave

Incredible image and work to bring out its full potential.
It shows how much detail is captured in those astonishing large format probably slow speed negatives. Modern scanning and photo working technology brings it out to full effect as no doubt a skilled photo-chemical developing technician of the day could also bring out the best of any negative when creating a positive print.
Try capturing that level of detail and nuance scaling between light and dark using a digital capture device.

Surprised, Fascinated and Curious

... when I saw those men and containers visible well inside the main building and wondering why they stood out so much from their surroundings. I have never seen anything in these older photographs so far inside a building that you could see so clearly unless it was very near an entrance or just inside a window. Wondering why this exception here. Normally everything beyond the direct sunlight would be solid black in these older photos and the central row of windows in the roof do not appear to be producing enough light to cause this unusual effect.

[Those two rows of 500 windows help, as do the various Photoshop filters we use to produce these images. Below, the warehouse before and after processing. - Dave]

A sad end for the Potsdam

Via Wikipedia:

In 1929 she was sold to Norwegian interests and converted to the whale factory ship SS Solglimt. Following the German invasion of Norway in 1940 Solglimt was captured by the Kriegsmarine, transferred to the First German Whaling Company and renamed SS Sonderburg. The Sonderburg was scuttled by German troops in 1944 to block entrance to Cherbourg harbor.

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