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How the Wild West REALLY looked: Gorgeous sepia-tinted pictures ...
MAIL Online ^ | PUBLISHED: 09:11 EST, 25 May 2012 | Rob Cooper

Posted on 06/13/2012 12:22:33 AM PDT by brityank

How the Wild West REALLY looked: Gorgeous sepia-tinted pictures show the landscape as it was charted for the very first time

By Rob Cooper
PUBLISHED: 09:11 EST, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:39 EST, 25 May 2012

These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before - as it was charted for the first time.

The photos, by Timothy O'Sullivan, are the first ever taken of the rocky and barren landscape.

At the time federal government officials were travelling across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the rest of the west as they sought to uncover the land's untapped natural resources.

 

Breathtaking landscape: A view across the Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho in 1874 as it was caught on camera by photographer Timothy O'Sullivan during Lt. George M. Wheeler's survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian that lasted from 1871 to 1874. Approximately 45 feet higher than the Niagara falls of the U.S and Canada, the Shoshone Falls are sometimes called the 'Niagara of the West'. Before mass migration ...

 

Portrait: Native American (Paiute) men, women and children pose for a picture near a tree. The picture is thought to have been taken in Cottonwood Springs (Washoe County), Nevada, in 1875. Known for his dispassionate views towards native Americans on his travels, O'Sullivan was more interested in photographing the true lifestyles of the indigenous people and not a preconceived image ...

 


(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs
Rob Cooper has put over thirty of Timothy O'Sullivan's photos here, most double size of the two I culled above. Having stood at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, I can understand the breathtaking aura that these convey. Enjoy!
1 posted on 06/13/2012 12:22:44 AM PDT by brityank
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To: SunkenCiv

Not often we see collages like this about the US - thought you might be interested. Cheers. :^)


2 posted on 06/13/2012 12:25:41 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

Thanks for posting !


3 posted on 06/13/2012 12:30:33 AM PDT by onona (So long Doc Watson, you were an inspiration.)
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To: brityank

Canyon de Chelly is stunning.


4 posted on 06/13/2012 12:42:23 AM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: brityank

Truly amazing ... thank you for posting.


5 posted on 06/13/2012 1:13:19 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: brityank

Thanks, that killed like a half hour.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 1:26:06 AM PDT by Daaave ("You see, but you do not observe." S. Holmes)
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To: brityank

Really nice! Thanks!


7 posted on 06/13/2012 1:44:15 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: brityank

Some of these pictures are in locations that I could drive to in much less than an hour: the Washoe Paiute at Cottonwood Springs (pic 18), Pyramid Lake (second pic from the top), Carson Sink dunes (pic 12), Gold Hill (Virginia City, pic 13), and the good old Truckee River which flows right through town. One or two of those pics were taken in places where I am precisely certain where the camera was set up.

Those pics i listed above are basically my backyard, but I will say that the original photographer seemed to miss taking pictures of some of the more splendid vistas in the local area. I guess that he left that for Ansel Adams to photograph some 80 years later.

See my FR profile page to see what this area looks like today in color photography.


8 posted on 06/13/2012 1:52:58 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: donna

My mother actually lives there right now, inside the Hopi reservation as part of the larger surrounding Navajo reservation.


9 posted on 06/13/2012 1:54:51 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: brityank

Bttt ...


10 posted on 06/13/2012 1:58:58 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Must see


11 posted on 06/13/2012 2:13:24 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Beautiful pics


12 posted on 06/13/2012 2:16:38 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: brityank

bookmarked


13 posted on 06/13/2012 2:26:44 AM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: brityank

Ping.


14 posted on 06/13/2012 2:27:32 AM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: brityank

Thanks. Beautiful
I’m struck by the resolution of the camera.


15 posted on 06/13/2012 2:45:59 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: brityank

Cool


16 posted on 06/13/2012 3:02:37 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Political Correctness forces people to say one thing and vote another.")
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To: brityank

We’re headed to Idaho next week.

Shoshone Falls here we come!


17 posted on 06/13/2012 4:27:57 AM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: brityank

We’re headed to Idaho next week.

Shoshone Falls here we come!


18 posted on 06/13/2012 4:28:18 AM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: brityank

Incredible pics!!!


19 posted on 06/13/2012 4:56:54 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Ping


20 posted on 06/13/2012 5:47:37 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: brityank

If these photos were taken by Mr. Sullivan over 120 years ago, how are they still protected by HIS copyright?

He himself expired long ago.


21 posted on 06/13/2012 11:45:21 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: brityank

At least Getty isn’t claiming ownership. Yet...


22 posted on 06/13/2012 11:50:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

How wonderful. For me, it’s one of those moments in time as I scrabbled to the lookout and then saw the canyon for the first time.

I’m almost afraid to ask, to break the spell, what does she say about actually living there?


23 posted on 06/13/2012 11:50:38 AM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: wolfcreek
Shoshone Falls here we come!

You won't regret it. They are gorgeous.

24 posted on 06/13/2012 11:57:20 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Your mother lives in Tuba City?


25 posted on 06/13/2012 12:39:22 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: a fool in paradise; All
At least Getty isn’t claiming ownership. Yet...

Maybe - but they do have some of his works in their museum. Suspect the Mail added the copywrite notation to keep themselves on the 'right' side of the pernicious US laws!

Found this one at another site, Masters of Photography. He did a lot of work on the Civil War:

 



Timothy O'Sullivan
A Harvest of Death,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
July, 1863

26 posted on 06/13/2012 5:31:47 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank
Here's a Google Street View of the twin buttes at Green River, WY. It's from I80 looking roughly back along the line of sight of the photo, with a Hampton Inn in the foreground. I believe the Hampton Inn lies on the flat middle ground of the photo, just to the left of the nearest butte, consistently with the Street View POV.
27 posted on 06/13/2012 6:47:39 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

Thanks for that. It’s amazing just how the wind and rain have eroded those buttes in that manner. Tim also captured some of Green River City at the top of his shot, with what looks like buildings along a rail spur in its foreground.


28 posted on 06/13/2012 9:16:55 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Does she know Elizabeth Warren?


29 posted on 06/13/2012 9:34:43 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: Melas
She spends some of the summertime in Chinle. She works with Indian kids and loves it.

I just talked to her last night and now she's up in the mountains waiting for fall when it cools down. Too hot to spend the summertime in the little copper mining town where her actual home is.

30 posted on 06/14/2012 3:31:15 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: donna
It's just a month during late spring where she teaches Hopi kids, so it's not her permanent home. Most of the hottest months of the year she's up in the White Mountains near Show Low, where it's grassy and cool.

She does interesting work, that's for sure. She's certainly 100% full-blooded Arizona lady.

31 posted on 06/14/2012 3:37:35 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: The KG9 Kid

That sounds just right. She gets to enjoy it without losing any of the magic. Now when I remember Canyon de Chelly, I’ll think of your mom teaching children there. Nice.


32 posted on 06/14/2012 7:34:22 PM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: Vinnie

They were usually 8x10 plates that were carried by mules, and processed on site. Most of the prints would have been contacts, so there is no resolution issues at all—it is a 1:1 print.

I went to many of these places a couple years ago. Just walking around in these places without a huge camera and hundreds of pounds of equipment made me envy their stamina.

The whole time I was out in the southwest, I kept wondering hoe the hell the pioneers made it out there.

Some of the greatest land I’ve ever seen.


33 posted on 06/14/2012 8:05:25 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Smart woman. Up in the mountains is where I should be.


34 posted on 06/14/2012 9:33:38 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: brityank; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks brityank. Modern, but I think this should be pinged.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


35 posted on 06/17/2012 8:54:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: brityank

Bm


36 posted on 06/17/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: brityank

Timothy O’Sullivan

A seldom recognized photographer of the Civil War. Many of the images attributed to Matthew Brady were actually Mr. O’Sullivans. Brady was mostly a ‘studio’ photographer. He rarely ventured into the field


37 posted on 06/17/2012 9:26:24 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: wolfcreek
Shoshone Falls here we come!

Since it's spring the Bureau of Reclamation or whoever controls flow from upstream reservoirs is probably still releasing water into the river. I've visited the "falls" when they were almost bone dry, but I think that's usually later in the summer when reservoir water is being conserved.

38 posted on 06/17/2012 9:37:06 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: brityank

A lot of those photos were of places I have been and love to this day. When I first saw them, however, the developers hadn’t ruined the beauty with “progress.”

Thanks for posting this!


39 posted on 06/17/2012 10:57:19 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: Vermont Lt

A lot of the land is still “empty” but it is beautiful. Thank you for visiting “my” part of the country!

‘Face


40 posted on 06/17/2012 11:00:44 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: The KG9 Kid

To your pictures at your profile....I say “WOW!”.

Also, would you please add me to your ping list?

Thank you also for your service to our country!


41 posted on 06/17/2012 11:23:37 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Governor's a JEDI, Wisconsin for the WIN ! June 5, 2012)
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To: brityank

Beautiful


42 posted on 06/17/2012 12:21:58 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Modern, but I think this should be pinged.

I agree, that on a world stage this is 'modern'. Still, I get a giggle out of the concept that 'antique' here in the States is anything over 75-100 years old. Thanks.

43 posted on 06/17/2012 12:49:01 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Thanks for the updated shots of the area. I did a little traveling around Vegas and Phoenix, back in the 80’s, and loved the scenery and breathtaking vista’s.


44 posted on 06/17/2012 12:57:28 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

Breathtaking!!

I looked up “Shoshone Falls” on wikipedia and there is a modern photo of it along with O’Sullivan’s sepia-toned photo. Even in sepia tone, the photo of Shoshone Falls is spectacular, as are the others, including the ones of the Indians.


45 posted on 06/17/2012 1:23:27 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: brityank; SunkenCiv

Thanks for posting...and for the ping.

We were amazed by how many of those places we’ve been, including, or especially, the out of the way ones.


46 posted on 06/17/2012 3:00:43 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: brityank

Great pics.Thnx for posting.A very different era.Rugged terrain and harsh conditions.I imagine life/survival could be very challenging.Later,Tom


47 posted on 06/18/2012 3:10:47 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: brityank

Wow...amazing and beautiful pictures. I’ve lived in the West almost my whole life, spending a lot of time out of doors. I’ve often wondered what this area would have been like 100+ years ago. Thanks for posting!


48 posted on 06/18/2012 11:54:58 AM PDT by Towed_Jumper (There are only two classes of people left in the U.S. - Producers and Parasites.)
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To: brityank

Beautiful!

But it doesn’t take a genius to recognize Timothy needs to go shopping with a woman. He doesn’t know his own size in coats.


49 posted on 06/18/2012 11:29:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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