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The Elms of Academe: 1911

The Elms of Academe: 1911

Circa 1911. "The College Green -- Burlington, Vermont." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I'll say it again

Don't know how many posts I've made about how amazing large format photography was. This 10x8 plate glass negative is no exception. Literally takes your breath away (well mine anyway). Ill informed people today can't work out how 'old photos/motion pictures could look so good' Well they looked so good because they WERE good. That technology - from the source capture (glass plate or large format film), to the type of lenses, to the usually slow speed, fine grain emulsion mostly with a high silver content, and photographer's and developing skills, produced these stunning results.

Ivy Not A Good Neighbor

Ivy will play hell with red brick construction over time. It will eat into the mortar and weaken the brick structure.

For every old picture of an elm tree

… someone has to start the Dutch-bashing. Can we please stop?

110 years later

The ivy is gone from the buildings, but the trees are even more abundant. This view is from University Place, where the earlier picture was taken from Prospect Street.

About those Elms ...

American Elms in the good times. I grew up on a street in Detroit lined with those magnificent trees. Sadly, not many left now thanks to the Dutch Elm Disease introduced to the US in the early 1930s.

Dutch Elm disease

Ah, the days before Dutch elm disease ravaged the majority of trees in the eastern half of the U.S. Moline, Illinois, where I grew up, had most streets lined with elms. All gone now.

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