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 Posted: Mon Oct 27th, 2008 05:38 pm
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David White
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Per the CWT Photographic History of the CW, what we see today is only about 10% (going by memory here but it was pretty low) of what was taken. Many of the glass plates ended up getting used to make green houses after the war.



 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2008 11:32 pm
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I was reading American Brutus today, and came across this little but important tidbit about photography and the attempt to capture Booth.

Apparently, when a picture of Booth was chosen and then reproduced to give to law enforcement and military officials, one that was sort of obscure was chosen, with a pose that was not a good likeness of Booth. This meant that there were many false sightings in the days after Lincoln was assassinated. I was particularly amused by one dark-haired, mustached man who was followed all the way from Washington DC to Tamaqua, PA (northern PA) without his actually being aware of it. He was finally "caught" as he got off the train. The book doesn't say what happened to him. But there were probably hundreds of false sightings based on this photograph.

I thought it interesting to note, too, that the author mentions that Booth was known to be photographed at least "40 times," as if that is a lot--which it was for the time period. Nowadays, even tiny babies are photographed that many times in their first few days of life by their happy parents!

By the way, it's been said here before by others, but I have found American Brutus to be an excellent book chock full of information that I knew little about before I read it. If you're at all interested in the Lincoln assassination, this is one to read!

Pam



 Posted: Wed Oct 29th, 2008 12:45 am
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Pam this is one book that reading the footnotes or in this case the endnotes are important.  Lots of good information in them too.   This is one of my favorite books I have read in the past few years.  

Susan



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ole wrote: I can't think of any technical advantage devolving from the use of photographs. I do think however, if the printing industry had the capability of reproducing a photo, the sight of the swollen bodies on both sides would have raised such a cry that it's not too hard to imagine a shorter war.

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Photographs of the aftermath from Sharpsburg were displayed in NYC in the fall of '62 ....



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ole wrote:
I can't think of any technical advantage devolving from the use of photographs. I do think however, if the printing industry had the capability of reproducing a photo, the sight of the swollen bodies on both sides would have raised such a cry that it's not too hard to imagine a shorter war.

ole

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Photographs of the aftermath from Sharpsburg were displayed in NYC in the fall of '62 ....

This was at Mathew Bradys gallery, an exhibition entitiled "The Dead of Antietam"
An article in the NY Times said "Mr Brady has done something to bring to us the terrible reality and earnestness of the war. If he has not brought bodies and laid them in our door-yards and along our streets ,he has done something very like it"



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Brady's studio but  Gardener's photographs.  They are still shocking all these years later.

Susan



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