Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Captain Samuel Walker

Today we feature a portrait of Captain Samuel Walker, a Texas Ranger. The picture was taken in 1846 by Mathew Brady. Walker fought in the Mexican war under Zachary Taylor and General Winfield Scott. As a Texas Ranger, he was not satisfied with the sidearms of the day. He made a trip to New York, and met with Samuel Colt. He described to Colt the type of firearm needed by the Rangers. The outcome of the meeting was the Colt Walker. The Colt Walker became a legend, and favorite sidearm of mounted cavalry.

4 comments:

  1. What is it about the old photos that makes the people seem so alive? Moreso than color photos, or so it seems to me. It almost looks like this man will turn in a moment and look at us. Is the 'grain' greater than modern film? I just played around with a color digital portrait in Picasa, turned it black and white, and it didn't have the same effect as your picture today.

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  2. maybe due to a long exposure time,a guess from my photo days,
    oldbear

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  3. Didn't they make a TV show about this guy?

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  4. Ooh, greasy kid stuff! Marie is right - the old photos do look more "alive" than some of today's pictures, but oh! that hair.

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