A good mistake…

This was taken back in 1995 – in the days of traditional “film” cameras. I had started a new roll of film, not realizing that it hadn’t rolled all the way up into the film can. And I took the entire roll of film as double exposures, and had it developed, before I realized what had happened:

At first, it looks like a jumbled mess. But look closer – the main feature, seemingly in the foreground, is former Reading Railroad #2101, nee American Freedom Train #1, in AFT dress, which was – and still is – resting ‘in state’ at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore. (It was damaged in a roundhouse fire years after its AFT gig,, and likely will remain a static display from now on, due to extensive damage.)

Seemingly in the background (the dark area under the red stripe and white circle), is the image of the USS Constitution, now berthed at the end of the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA. For you history buffs, the Constitution is also known as Old Ironsides – a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. You can see the masts sticking straight up, above the red stripe and white circle.

A mistake, to be sure, but likely one of the more photogenic photographic mistakes I’ve ever made. Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “A good mistake…

  1. Ah, yes, the good old days of film rolls and taking it to be developed! That was a great double exposure. This did happen to me once but most of the photos were incomprehensible, apart from one with a girlfriend apparently rising ghost-like over a green field! Sue x


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