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Sepia Saturday

2014.09W.11

The photo of two men goofing around in front of a stagecoach is this week’s prompt for Sepia Saturday. I went to the Library of Congress and found a series of staged photos of a stage coach robbery. I envision a good movie sparked by them. The photos were taken in 1911 by Ed Tangen.

Source: Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress


“Hands up!”

Source: Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 05:49:39

    They are a great series of photos, even if it was a staged robbery!

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  2. cassmob
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 09:42:05

    Good to see the “baddie” was wearing a black hat…but then the good guys aren’t in white hats.

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  3. La Nightingail
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 12:48:11

    Great fun! But though these particular photos are staged, the scenario was likely a common-enough one back then, & not always with such a fortunate ending.

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  4. Mike Brubaker
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 22:09:52

    A great find for this week’s theme, but the photos date from 1911 and not 1851. The LOC entry says they were produced in Boulder, CO so there is some authenticity. I suspect they were imitating the early silent Westerns and may even be still shots from a film.

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  5. smkelly8
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 00:44:03

    Thanks Mike. I’ve changed the post accordingly.

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  6. Bob Scotney
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:11:52

    Three great shots, staged or not.

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  7. Karen S.
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:45:56

    How real this was back in the day. Put your hands up! I like the horse in the first photo, turning his head for something?!

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  8. postcardy
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 12:44:04

    I am guessing those could have been used for stereoscope or lantern slides.

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  9. Little Nell
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 14:42:20

    These are wonderful images, staged or not, and so reminiscent of the the old Westerns we used to watch on Saturday afternoons.

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