Thursday, May 5, 2011

Men of the Waterways: Tugboat Captains and Crew

This post comes by way of an antique photojournalistic study of the uses of tugboats on America's waterways. And aren't these two captains dignified travelers? I just love how the first one's handkerchief is blowing from his pocket in the wind's draft, and how he must also hold his hat with one hand while steering. So quaint!
We've included both Old and New Looks for this one, as all came out well enough for us. Hope you'll find plenty of uses for this selection of photos from the very early 20th century.
Let's let these over 100 year old pictures speak for themselves, shall we?
Happy Creativity from all of us to all of you!
Rose & Studio Friends


Men of the Waterways

Bearded Captain
New Look
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Old Look
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Younger Captain
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Old Look
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Crewman
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Old Look
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Scanned Imagery courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use







17 comments:

artistamyjo said...

Some really cool stuff.
Hugs, amy

Plush Possum Studio said...

Amy, I guess we don't normally have the "guy" stuff in our posts, and someone has put in a sort nudge that we try it now and then. I doubt it'll get as popular as our other stock, but you never can tell. Meanwhile, I like our old tugboaters. You can't fake such originality.I guess I'm just a sucker for a true-to life story.
Rose
;)

Mina said...

I love these and must come up with a way to use them! Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment today. It sincerely made my heart warm.

Chatty Crone said...

Intersting that the same picture can look so different. Enjoyed the learning experience.
sandie

Plush Possum Studio said...

Mina, You can be assured that i meant every word. You are a dear.
Rose

Plush Possum Studio said...

Welcome, Sandi! Thanks for the observation. We liked both versions in this case. Obviously, not all subjects clean up as well, and old print shows through no matter what measures are taken. That being said, I do see this as one example where certain things had to be omitted in that our cleanup process just wouldn't budge them. You'll notice those details in the old man's sleeve, also there is a plume of smoke in that lower right corner now missing.We took a chance it wouldn't matter to the rest of the picture. And isn't he a dignified fellow? :)
Hope to see you around here again sometime. I enjoyed your blog tremendously.
Rose

Ann said...

Rose...I LOVE THESE!!!!!!!!!!! GOTTA COME BACK AND DOWNLOAD ALL OF THEM WHEN I GET MY COMPUTER CORD!!!!!!!!
XO mISS pIGGY !!!(aka Ann..but since i download everyone..Miss Piggy seems better!!)

Missouri's Lilac said...

I love the character on their faces. It tells such a story. That is why I love old photos, the stories can be read on the faces is fascinating. GREAT JOB as ALWAYS finding wonderful images & THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!
AJ

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: *snork!* *oink! oink! *
LOL!!!!
Rose
;)

Plush Possum Studio said...

AJ:Thanks, sweetie. Sp good of you to share with us your liking for our little spot on the web. :)
It was the faces we were naturally going for and so are thankful others are appreciating these pictures for the same reason. Let each one of these tell a story, and we'd have a whole novel for each one! You just can't beat real people in real life situations in old photos for a whole new discovery of what life was like.
Hugs
Rose

Scott Niven said...

Hi Rose,

I just wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog. Your comment was one of the more detailed and interesting comments I've ever received, and it made my weekend to read through it. And wow, comparing my writing to Shel Silverstein is high praise indeed! I love Silverstein, and The Giving Tree will always be one of my favorite books. I have a 10 year old son, and he still lets me read that book to him from time to time, even though he can now read it himself. I feel confident that if he is someday a daddy to a little boy or girl, that he will carry on the tradition and read the book to them as well.

Anyway, as you've already guessed, I love art as well as writing, so your blog caught my eye. I'm looking forward to keeping up with your posts!

Scott

Plush Possum Studio said...

Hi Scott: It's a pleasure finding you here this morning, and very pleasing knowing you would take the compliment as it was intended. I very much regret I couldn't have said more. However, these things take time to percolate, and your work is stellar stuff. It's interesting to me to think of value over dollars, for that is what one may receive by looking further into your work.
Being a hard copy kind of gal, I dearly wish everything you had for sale (your celebratory rate is so low it's amazing!) could be had in book form, not on a screen. For I have a passion for the hand held book, the turned page, the eye cast downward.
I'm hopeful we can maybe share some writing together at some point. Where I write is not clearly visible online, except in my notes here. Perhaps I might find a way to display something more substantial sometime, and then point any fellow reading writers in its direction. We'll see.
Meantime, your Giving Tree thoughts are giving me a smile today as big as life. While not a favorite with this household, it's a book with good memories behind it. I find his uplifting verse more appealing.
Anyway, expect me by from time to time to enjoy more of what you have to offer the online reader. And I most heartily urge anyone reading this to do likewise.
Take care
Rose

Ann said...

woo-hoo....miss Piggy was here!!!
going to Scotts blog now! xoxox

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: I predict you'll absolutely love what he has to offer with his writing. It's beautiful.

Scott Niven said...

Hi Rose,

Your writing is beautiful too. Even your blog comments and responses are fun to read.

To be honest, I still love and will probably always love the printed word better than the digital. Even though I now do a lot of reading on my iPhone, that's more to do with convenience than a love for the delivery mechanism. If I do truly love a book, I always purchase the book for my bookshelf. Looking at my shelves with all my favorite books always makes me smile.

I've had several requests to release printed versions of my books, so I do plan on doing that. My thought is that I may combine all three books into one, to create better value for the buyer, since in all likelihood I'll need to price a physical book higher than I've priced my digital ones.

I would love to read more of your writing. Your blog is excellent, but I'd also love to see anything else non-blog-related that you'd like to share. I've read enough of your writing to know I would really enjoy that.

Scott

Plush Possum Studio said...

Scott:
Well, it would seem we are both reading writers with an affinity for hardcover copies. And our mutual admiration society is really gaining ground! :)

I just want everybody to admire and enjoy your work the way I do. I believe you have something special to offer.

If it were left to me, nobody's book would have to wait for print--given that there might be certain merits to it, of course. Your work provides that uplift I think most children need to gather near to hear more of, in that they get so much of television nowadays, and this always causes more hurt than help for young, creative minds.

Developing minds need creative energy, to use both hands and then make, creatively, wherever possible. This lets them handle our world better in adult terms as they take over for you and me.

There is more than one though to share. Our forum here doesn't really fit them. How about if we continue this via email instead of with comments to our posts?

Above all, I must Thank You for your kind comments here. Your praises have done me good. I have, at times, been thought of as a fine writer, although time and circumstances kept most of my work from the public eye. I must get over the fear it won't be appreciated, and then try my best to allow some of it may be seen. Your encouragement challenges me to wake up and begin anew. That is apparent here. what happens next is up to me, I guess.....

Till later.
Rose

Plush Possum Studio said...

The missing "t" to "thought."

:)

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