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    Posted 5 years ago

    scottvez
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    Early carte de visite of a Feltonville, Mass. street scene.

    There are some great business signs visible in the scene-- boot maker, watch maker and a tailor.

    Additionally, the sky light on the top of the building would suggest that a photographer operated in the top floor. None of the signs that I can read are photographer related.

    Photographed by Lewis a local photographer. Feltonville became Hudson, Mass soon after the Civil War.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.

    BE VIGILANT with your images. There are posters ON THIS SITE who regularly represent ebay screen shots as their own images!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking brunswick.

      scott
    2. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Check out the Solar panel on the roof ;D
      Wish we still added the architectural details of yesteryear (at a reasonable cost)
    3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      "...the sky light on the top of the building would suggest that a photographer operated in the top floor."

      Agree political-- the architectural details of the building are great.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks nutsabotas6-- appreciate you looking and commenting!

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks trunkman and freon.

      scott
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Wonderful item.
      One day I went to look for a pic of one of my postcards so I could send the image to someone. I typed in what the postcard said into Google, as I knew I put it in the description here.
      Suddenly I see my exact words about it in one of the first searches, but it was on a site I've never been on before. Someone had taken not only my images, but my description of it and put it up for sale. I clicked on the site, but my anti-virus kicked me out with the claim that it was a dangerous page!
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      SB, I've been amazed since I got to the States. Everybody seems to be working scams! Can't get away from the phone for phone scams. And Internet, ou la la !
    8. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      SB - I've seen several of my buttons from here on other sites as well, most were innocent enough only one was was listed for sale and of course it was a upper end one, I asked the eBay seller if they could add a different view they said it was a stock photo and didn't have the button in front of them to take a photo but they were only asking $250.00 LOL the listing was soon taken down.
    9. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Pocket change. LOL.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      All turds!

      I had a poster on HERE post a photo from an auction that I WON. In fact the poster has posted several items from ebay to their postings leading others to believe the item belonged to them.

      scott
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      About 5 yrs ago, I got a notice from Life Lock that my credit card for their auto pay had expired & requesting new card info for billing. Problem was ; I had never had an acct. with them & they had stolen $550 prior. Can't trust anybody.
    12. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      I had something to say about that bb2 but I don't need the trouble today LOL
      That button had sold for that and more (I didn't pay even 10% of that) but all they needed was a image.
      Maybe CW can add a watermark? What do ya think staff?
      Almost as bad as Politicians, Read my Lips Ect. Ect.
      (I was going to name another but I'll bite my LIP)
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      The safe way . LOL!
    14. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Yeah whats up with that, must be Tired, Old or Lazy maybe all 3
      Just noticed even the shades look like they have advertising printed on them, good idea.
    15. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio.

      scott
    16. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks gatekeeper.

      scott
    17. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks cultcha and kiva.

      scott
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Scott, I've been studying that "sky light closer & believe it's a solar panel. LOL ! Maybe I have an over active imagination.
    19. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      YES-- very overactive.

      scott
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Seriously, could glass be made that large in that age ? Even if they did, a sheet that large would cost a fortune. Don't think it was Plexiglass either.
    21. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      I have seen this size on photographer's skylights. Could be pained-- I'll look at the original to see if I can see wood squares on it or if it looks like one large sheet.

      scott
    22. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks official and farm.

      scott
    23. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much tom!

      scott
    24. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      I love the design of this building, and then to see the sky light on top! Amazing. I also read each comment. That's awful that even someone here would have to go so far as to play around like that here. What a bum. Years ago, I too saw my own uncles drawing on an envelope that the troop was sending a letter to their superior that had gotten shot. I knew it was my uncles, I grew up with it. I wrote to them and of course, they did not respond. They made $250.00 on the envelope that was probably around 2008. Creep.
    25. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Either way Scott, that would make the top floor impractical to heat in winter. Could it be something else ?
    26. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Nothing that I can think of. Good light for quality images would have been the major concern.

      I have seen numerous period images of studio skylights that are this size-- some even larger.

      Do an online search and you will find many examples.

      Maybe rob can add to this-- his knowledge of 19th century cameras is amazing.

      scott
    27. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      I've been looking at this image since it was posted trying to decide if the object is a roof skylight. On the positive side of this discussion, it has good placement and a decent size. Most skylights wrap around roof corners and extend partway down a wall. Some do not.

      Otherwise, studios were typically at the top of buildings (i.e. in the loft), and, the placement of "skylight' directly above a side window in this image definitely adds much needed light without extensively messing up the building. I have illustrations of loft-studios (in 'how to' guides) illuminated by side-windows similar to what is shown in this image.

      Typically, a photographer's sign (shingle or painted sign) would be on the building ... then again not always. (How's that for more ambiguity.) It could be that a skylight was put in for a photographer or the loft space was rented out to itinerant, both of which are common scenarios.

      From my perspective, the roof design is appropriate and there are side-windows which could nicely illuminate a studio space. Also consider that white linens were often hung below a skylight to diffuse (soften) lighting which might explain why the 'skylight' is bright and without detail (i.e. window frames are washed out in the image). The image is located in the eastern part of the U.S. and many, many buildings had lofts converted to studios.
    28. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks rob-- appreciate the input.

      I was expecting to see a photographer's sign. There are several signs on the building that I cannot decipher-- so it is possible that one of these "mystery signs" is for a photographer.

      scott
    29. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      A quick search shows that by the late 1800's to early 1900's, the largest panes made were 30" X 78", so it must be multiple panes & we can't see that in the pic..
    30. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks peggy!

      scott

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