Monday, 26 April 2004
Pix Of The Day: Western Experience Interpreters
CREDIT: © TreasureNet.com/Western & Eastern Treasures
WHERE: the Old West. WHAT: newspapermen, reporters, & artists.
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During the second half of the 19th century, what was then known as the New West (confusingly, now known as the Old West), was opening up to mainly white European settlement. There was an eager audience back in the Old East and in Europe for reportage on this new frontier. In some ways this must have been similar to the audience for the NASA space program of the second half of the 20th century, though the technologies of the 19th century were much simpler.
Newspapers were the cutting edge medium of those days, and there is a whole story to be told about the writers and artists who went west to record events. Some pioneering photographers went too, though the requirement to haul heavy equipment, darkroom tents, glass plates and chemicals, must have made it more a test of strength, endurance, and perseverance than an artistic endeavour.
Western & Eastern Treasures is a magazine for owners of those machines that detect buried treasure, the self styled Metal Detectorists. They also offer a vintage picture archive: buried treasure comes in many forms. We selected six photographs that feature Old West newspaper persons, reporters, or artists, gathered together under the title 'Interpreters of the Western Experience'. Click on the thumbnails to load the host pages with details about the pictures, where you will also find links to load hi-res versions of the images (large monitor recommended).
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)