OLD MAN WITH A MUSKET and a WOMAN DRESSED FOR WINTER — A Classic View Along the Trail to Fuji

By | May 5, 2018

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OLD MAN WITH A MUSKET and a WOMAN DRESSED FOR WINTER — A Classic View Along the Trail to Fuji
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Image by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
This circa 1905 stereoview by a BRITISH photographer working in JAPAN for an AMERICAN company was finally published by GERMANY in 1930 : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/14072813519/

Normally, I’d frame it out with a nice crop and border (either as a full stereoview, or a nice 2-D half-print), and clean it up before posting to Flickr. But, not this time.

What you see is a raw copy of an old proof-print that I just slapped down on a table, and quickly shot with a hand-held DSLR.

LARGER SIZE : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/14259088744/sizes/o/

However, there’s more to the story than just a quick post of an un-cropped, un-retouched, un-framed old contact print lying on a table.

The original stereoview proof-prints and mock-ups in this CMP Flickr Set are posted with the kind permission of Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections at the CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY located in Riverside, California.

PLEASE NOTE : This is NOT how the CMP supplies copies of the images to end users. This is an informal snapshot of the actual item as it sits on a table, still in its protective, archival, transparent, polyester sleeve.

The purpose of this post is to give you a feel of the initial "discovery stage" — the moment when you pull the proof print out of the Museum’s storage box, and hold it in your hands thinking (or saying under your breath), "wow, this is so cool !!!"

If you then wanted to use your "newly discovered" old image for a book illustration, a poster, in a movie or documentary, for an exhibition, or any other number of private or commercial venues, the CMP would provide you with professional scans, digital files, or prints, according to your needs.

I would like to thank Ms. Gleason for allowing me to post this often un-seen "moment of discovery" in the CMP.




The example posted here is one of a few table-top copy views meant to give a behind-the-scenes look at the reference prints — original contact prints made shortly after the negative was received by the KEYSTONE VIEW COMPANY of PENNSYLVANIA. Visitors and researchers at the CMP will generally look at these first, while deciding what images they want or need for any given project.

After an image is settled on, the Museum retrieves the original, 5" x 7" glass negative, and supplies a hi-rez scan at standard prices agreed upon for your particular project.

I myself would not use the personal "study print" copy which I’ve posted here for explanatory reasons, but instead, would work from the sharpest hi-rez scans of the negative while readying illustrations for a book.

However, it all starts with sitting at a table, and looking through hundreds (or even thousands) of these original rough prints to guide you to your final choices for the 2-D or 3-D project you are working on.

All you have to do is GO THERE. Or…hire someone to do the research and editing for you.



Another amazing thing about the CMP is that they house all of the original, sharp, pristine, black-and-white negatives that were used to make those gaudy, off-register, half-tone, really cheap litho-views sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co (and many others as well) during the early 1900s.

These old 3-D litho-views are all over eBay by the ton, and have many rare and interesting subjects worthy of display — if only they were real photographs.

And that’s where the CMP comes in. They can find the negative that was used to make that crappy old lithograph, and supply you with a pin-sharp enlargement of the same for your book cover, greeting card, postcard, poster, or Museum display.

Just for fun, I have taken the exact post you see here, and made a quick conversion to (1) a "finished" stereovIew, and (2) a tinted "art print".

This is just a hint of the thousand-and-one ways you can utilize the images archived at the CMP.

Time does not allow me to show you the T-Shirts, Coffee-Mugs, Stained-Glass Windows, Wrapping-Paper, Lunch-Boxes, Decals, and a zillion other retail items that might result when your creativity meets up with the 250,000 old 19th Century images of a world gone by.

CREDIT : Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside.

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