This is one of the first glass negatives I saw in our collection. When I saw it I knew I had to find a way to scan it and share it. The rest, as they say, is history. Given that, it's hard to believe I waited two and a half years to share it with you.
Unfortunately the history behind this is very muddy. It may be from near Cloud Cap, and it may be either from Anne Lang or Herman Kresse. There are several similar negatives, though the others have a group of three men instead of these women. I'll show one of them soon.
When I first saw this one I wondered if this was a posed tourist shot, like the ones you see at "old west" tourist attractions. The guns and the moonshine jug seem like a bit much. But after studying the set of images I think this was a real hunting party hamming it up for the camera a bit.
It isn't Cloud Cap, but could be in one of the other buildings that were in the area. The gals don't all look that enthusiastic, but the dog in the foreground seems to be enjoying itself. Definitely a pack saddle there on the ground. I see the jug in the hands of the woman on the right, so wonder if they were tippling? Do you think these women were really involved in the actual hunt? Well, I question that.
charlott on 12th December 2013 @ 7:04am
Love the curly hair dog
Dan K on 12th December 2013 @ 7:05am
I think the building is actually a barn. If you look a couple of logs down from the roof you notice hay.
charlott on 12th December 2013 @ 7:12am
When I first started to open the photo, my thought was "Anne Lang", but after seeing the entire photo, I'm not so sure.
I agree with Charlott. Definitely a barn. Log barns and wood sheds often had the bark still on, with large gaps between logs and no notching.
Looks like it might have some age on it. Odd shingles.
Interesting photo for sure.
l.e. on 12th December 2013 @ 7:27am
Definitely hay shed. Doubt if a hunting party. To eat bear meat you have to be pretty hungry. Probably a couple of nuisance bears that they got rid of. Probably just friends and wives having a little fun. Nice picture.
Buzz on 12th December 2013 @ 7:34am
Two of those guns look like trusty lever-action 30-30's, but the one in the middle looks to have a flint-lock, which would be scary as hell to hunt bear with...
Rawhyde on 12th December 2013 @ 7:37am
The shingles were made with "shingle draw knife." You can find images of them on Google easily enough. They were used as a quick and dirty way to make shingles for such buildings. If you look closely you can see the bottoms of the shingles are rounded, indicating they were made from the logs of younger trees.
I dimly remember that when using one you wanted to use green trees as they were more water resistant. But that might also be the old age talking.
Rick Hamell on 12th December 2013 @ 5:13pm