The bikes are cool, but I have to say I`m more impressed by the pictures also!
As to the awesome resolution, remember they were most likely taken on a huge negative- 4 inches by 5 inches, or even bigger. Seeing stuff like that makes me wish I could pour over a batch of 8 x 10 contact prints with a loop . Anybody here ever gotten a chance to do something like that?
Originally Posted by newfangled
I've never seen anything like that, because all of the archival photos from my neck of the woods are terrible (at least the digitial versions are).
A lot of them are pretty bad, and now that you mention it, I wonder why. Maybe the crappy ones are scans of battered and faded prints and these are from negs?
The second pic has acetylene lamps on two bikes. To be seen lighting. One has a chain guard. Note lack of fenders in the presence of ample horse exhaust on the street. The stripe up one's backside and splatter on one's legs would leave a mark.
The old photographic plates were nano before nanotechnology term was coined. Shows there is room for digital to improve.