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  • #16
    ST:
    Coincidentally, I've always thought Simpson's photo was and is bizarre.
    First time I saw it, I thought it was a scarecrow.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
      ST:
      Coincidentally, I've always thought Simpson's photo was and is bizarre.
      First time I saw it, I thought it was a scarecrow.
      It could be just a bad photograph of a stiff looking Victorian gentleman who was uncomfortable being photographed. That would be my assumption.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Stephen Thomas View Post
        Fascinating stuff and quite understandable.

        I've always thought that the photo of PC Amos Simpson is of a corpse.
        The head clamp also has a strap running under the chin, to hold the head erect?.

        I'd say the subject is dead....

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        • #19
          Hi all.

          I've not clicked the link yet, so I don't know, but there's no reason from this photo alone to suggest the subject is dead. The hairstyle suggests we're no later than the 1860s and this is an internal shot. There's lots of these long exposures taken professionally inside where the subject is held in place to prevent motion blur. It's particularly noticeable when they took shots of orators who usually have their arm aloft in mid-gesture with some metal stand behind them.

          PHILIP
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Wicker Man View Post
            The head clamp also has a strap running under the chin, to hold the head erect?.
            We used quite a few of those at York at the bar....helps a great deal in the wee hours.

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            • #21
              http://allday.com/post/1358-post-mor...ictorian-trend

              Some of these are a bit disturbing.

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