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Viaduct at La Voulte
Édouard Baldus (French, born Germany, 1813 - 1889)
Albumen silver print
Standing on the banks of France's Rhone River, Édouard Baldus photographed an old town and historic building framed within the arch of a modern iron railroad bridge. Photographs regularly recorded the engineering feats that went hand-in-hand with railroad building, often illustrating links between the past and the future. Just as twenty-first-century train passengers now delight in speeding across France at almost two hundred miles an hour, record speeds of thirty to forty miles per hour exhilarated travelers in the 1800s.