Telegraph Construction Corps

The height of communication technology in 1864! This photograph was made by the great American photographer Timothy O'Sullivan. A rare and wondrous image. The temporary nature of the enterprise is apparent from the spindly poles. Looking at the photograph, it is easy to forget about the 30-second exposure necessary for early 1860s photography because the workmen are so still atop the cedar posts. Perfect condition.

Cost: US $4,500

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