Monday, June 14, 2010

Telegraph Wagon

Wagon Week is underway here at OPOD. This picture was taken in 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia. Pictured is a telegraph wagon from the Civil War. Interesting to note the"ghost like" figure in the left of the image. These old photographs required very long exposure times, so faint image was probably from a person who was standing there, and then walked out of the field of view during the exposure.


  1. Does the guy next to the wagon have an fur bearing animal stapled to his chin?

  2. Do you leave the plant in the starter cube wick, or is it transplanted into a differnt medium.
    I just can't see a tomato plant growing up that close to anopther plant.
    How about things like carrots or radishes or beets?
    What about squash or watermelons?
    I suppose some of these plants are not meant to be grown in the hydro water.

  3. Roger, the plants are left in the cube wick. The roots grow on out the cube and go down into the water stream below. The system pictured is for leaf crops like spinach, lettuce, greens and so forth. The system for vine crops is different, and is a bucket system. Root crops are not as well suited for hydroponics. I plan on having raised beds outside the greenhouse, and us the waste water from the greenhouse to water the raised beds, and have the root crops there.

  4. if the ghost-man walked out of the photo and still was captured, how long have the other two men in the picture been standing still? they are not the least blurry or anything...just wondering ;)

  5. On the other hand, maybe it was an actual ghost.

  6. and the people in the background near the tents are not ghosted either.

  7. I have always been both frightened and facsinated by "ghost" figures that sometimes appear in photos from this era.

    They give me an eerie feeling and and at the same time make me even more aware that the subjects in the photos have long since left this earth.

    Ever since I was a kid, I've spent hours looking at old photos and wondering who the people were and what their lives were like and how long they lived.

    You can see some tents in the background in this photo.

  8. Btw, next week is the 150th anniversary of the Army Signal Corps.

  9. Re Miss Dust's inquiry-the photographic process of the day was collodion wet plate. "Wet" because the film, collodion was poured onto a tin or glass plate and had to be exposed before it dried. The exposure was made by pulling the lens cap, counting off the estimated time needed and returning the cap to the lens. A very slow film, this was probably a 6 to 8 second exposure. It would be even longer with an old collodion. Very rare to see a horse or dog without blurry ears and tails in wet plate photos.


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