This WD Rogers postcard is a very similar theme to a Dietz card we saw way back. The sign in the back advertizes Davidson Fruit Company, so this must predate the formation of the Apple Growers Association (AGA)-- my best guess is 1900-1905.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: 1900s agriculture Davidson Fun_Friday horses postcard Rogers strawberries
Such fun. You realize how big strawberry production was in the Hood River area during that time frame....
charlott on 18th October 2013 @ 7:02am
Did the variety HOOD strawberries originate in the Hood River area?
Ralph on 18th October 2013 @ 7:30am
I was reading an old newspaper article advertising all of the benefits of the White Salmon area and it mentioned that the strawberries could rival the Hood River berries.
Which tells you HR must have already had a good reputation for their berries.
Arthur....any idea how long or how many steps this process of photoshopping would have taken back then?
l.e. on 18th October 2013 @ 7:36am
This history recollection by Eph Winans says the first automobile in HR was a one lung affair owned by photographer Bill Rogers.
l.e. on 18th October 2013 @ 7:44am
Interesting photoshopped advertisement. But is it just me, or do the horses and front wheels appear to not be attached to the rest of the wagon. The teamsters right hand is on the brake handle to the right rear wheel, but his back appears to be off to the left side of the wagon. I'm no expert on old wagons, but it looks askew to me.
Buzz on 18th October 2013 @ 10:02am
Must have had a very early copy of Photoshop! From my darkroom experience, I can tell you Mr. Rogers was pretty skilled to construct this composite. Not sure if he was working with film negative or glass plate, but assuming film it would take two negatives, a sharp razor blade, and likely constructing a mask (either by ink on the negative or another layer) along with a few "reversal" steps (printing the negative onto another piece of film).
You can see a few artifacts of his work. Note that the strawberries have a sharp shadow from a single light source in the studio, while the horses cast a diffuse shadow from outdoor lighting. I'm impressed with how he got the rear berry behind the wagon wheel-- that looks like the most technically challenging part to me.
Arthur on 18th October 2013 @ 11:03am
Photoshop obviously not the right word to use. But was there a word that described the process for what he was attempting? And I agree that this is a remarkable picture for what he had to work with.
Buzz on 18th October 2013 @ 11:38am
Interesting wagon in that apparently the front of the wagon including the driver's seat swivels. Never noticed this feature on any other wagon, but then again I never looked for it either. 16 spokes front and rear.
The photo doctoring of the rear strawberry in particular is amazingly good, not sure how they got the strawberry to appear to be behind the rim and spokes..
longshot on 18th October 2013 @ 10:43pm