Topaz Labs B&W Effects

1931 Ford

In a previous post we had a look back in time at a vintage horse-drawn wagon from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Today, we revisit the 1930s with a 1931 Ford used by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City (C & P). After a couple of name changes (Bell Atlantic and now Verizon) the company remains in operation today. Of course, all of these iterations of Bell companies trace back to the inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Anyhow, I found the 1931 company car below in the Museum of Industry. It is in remarkably good condition as you can see below.

1931 Ford
1931 Ford

As many of you know, I've been building a collection of black & white images and that effort continues. The best of the best will end up in a portfolio. I have really appreciated all of the feedback received and it has been a tremendous help to me.

1931 Ford - B&W
1931 Ford - B&W

One of the issues with vintage vehicles in museums is the fact that they are nearly always surrounded by ropes, chains or other restrictive items to keep people at bay. I fully understand why this is necessary but it does limit one's photographic angles as we try to avoid cluttering up the image with these distractions. Nonetheless, I'm always happy to take on the challenge. ;-)

1931 Ford - Side View
1931 Ford - Side View

Most company vehicles have a number on them and this one shows "1931", which is the model year of the car. Coincidence or just part of a refurbishment effort?

1931 Ford - Side View - B&W
1931 Ford - Side View - B&W

Hope you enjoyed the view!

Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Ice Cream Delivery

Happy Friday, TGIF and all of that jazz! I barely had a weekend last time around so I am so looking forward to this one. Today I have an ice cream treat for you, well kinda. ;-) Ice cream has been around a long time, dating back to the 4th century. But it wasn't until the mid 1800s that ice cream was manufactured on a large scale through the ingenuity of Jacob Fussell of Baltimore. Before then it was pretty much relegated to being served at fancy social gatherings or the confectionery store down on main street.

Mr Fussell, a seller of dairy products, often had fresh cream left over and decided to do something with it besides watch it go bad. He opened his first factory in 1851 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Below is a photo of one of the horse-drawn delivery wagons used by Jacob Fussell Ice Cream. Tucked away in a back corner and likely the last survivor, this wagon is in remarkably good shape.

Jacob Fussell Ice Cream
Jacob Fussell Ice Cream

It wasn't until 1926 that freezers were perfected so it's safe to say that the loads on wagons like this were packed with blocks of ice. By the way, Exeter Street in Baltimore remains to this day but many of the old factories have long past into the history books.

Before we close out this post I offer you a B&W version of this rare find.

Jacob Fussell Ice Cream - B&W
Jacob Fussell Ice Cream - B&W

Thanks for visiting and I wish each of you a fantastic weekend.

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Stay on Track

Stay on Track
Stay on Track

After playing a little mad scientist and pushing the envelope a bit in the previous post, it's back to some basic processing. I thank everyone for your comments, feedback and suggestions. It was all a big help. There are times when we need more eyes than we have and a different perspective from others is quite valuable. So today's title is not simply a message to myself, but covers the subject featured in the image below. :-)

I continue to process more B&W images as there are so many filter options to choose from. Eventually I'll develop a couple of custom filters to add to the library.

Stay on Track - B&W
Stay on Track - B&W

Have a great day!

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Riverfront

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today's image is an early morning look at a section of the riverfront in Columbia PA, a town I passed through on my way to the covered bridge spanning Pequea Creek. The sun was on the rise on this brisk and chilly morning along the Susquehanna river and I was more than happy to grab some shots.

Riverfront
Riverfront

In addition to the color version, a B&W was processed, which was my initial thinking on this. I'm happy to have your feedback and thank you in advance. ;-)

Riverfront - B&W
Riverfront - B&W

Have a great day and I'll catch you out and about the net.

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