Friday, September 25, 2009

Picture It: Nashville, 1864

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:30 PM

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Web wandering led me to old-timey photo site Shorpy.com, which has collected a handful of very cool pictures from Civil War-era Nashville. Marvel at the battle spectators! Swoon over the railroad yard! Be slightly creeped out over the effect long exposure times have on clouds compared to immobile statues! It's a history nerd's paradise. If you prefer social history over the nuts and bolts of battles, feel free to become obsessed with the photograph of a teenaged telegraph messenger hanging out at Third and Church in 1910. Zoom in to the full size and gawp at the details: his pantaloons, the horse and buggy, and the still-extant Warren Brothers Sash and Door. Another great photograph on the site is a gob-smacking Kodachrome portrait of a local woman working on a WWII bomber. Once again, the details: Just look at her nails! The lady works in a factory and she looks better than you or I ever will. She is clearly an American hero. It's Friday. Go look at the pretty pictures for a while.
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