Gallery: Digitizing the past and present at the Library of Congress – Boing Boing

As the copyright office did not register celluloid prints until 1912, early movie makers created prints of the entire reel on opaque photographic paper. “It’s an iconic image in America cinema, that cowboy shooting his gun at the camera, at the audience, at the end of the Great Train Robbery,” said Gregory Lukow. “The quality of prints recovered from the paper is shockingly good.”

This, and many more amazing, detailed photographs of the archival process can be found at this recent Boing Boing Gallery: Digitizing the past and present at the Library of Congress.

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