I hinted here that I wanted a book of old railway photographs for a pesent last Christmas. Gabrielle kindly gave me Kinsey Photographer: The locomotive Portraits. It's fine photographs depict not only old-time loco engines, but the people who drove them and worked in the sawmilling towns of yore. It's fascinating to see the clothes and grooming of the people, and even the expressions on their faces. Proud. Happy. Time-worn. Exhausted.
Kottke has pointed readers to Shorpy - The 100-year old photo blog.
Here's their blurb:
Shorpy.com is a photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. We’re starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee, which lobbied Congress to end the practice. One of his subjects, a young coal miner named Shorpy Higginbotham, is the site’s namesake.