Re: Earliest Color Photo of US Freight Cars?
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The Fort Dodge Line car seems like a very pale green to my eye.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Ness
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2021 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Earliest Color Photo of US Freight Cars?
My opinion only; it appears to be a colorized image as the box car on the extreme left has no color.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Chris Barkan
This photo is said to have been taken ca.1910 at the Eastern Packet Pier looking at the Commercial Wharf in Boston, MA just off Atlantic Avenue. Rail service at this location was provided by the Union Freight Railroad that connected the New Haven and the Boston & Maine via street trackage that skirted downtown Boston serving various wharves, industries, and warehouses along the waterfront. Four boxcars are visible: L to R, Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern, Erie, and two that appear to be Boston & Albany. According to the individual who posted this it is a true color Autochrome Plate. I would be happy have my speculation that it might be the "earliest" color photo of freight cars proven wrong, and would enjoy seeing any supporting evidence.