There's something really special about a photograph that was taken a long time ago, and has the scars to prove it ... fading and scratches and stains and flawed processing. It's the very definition of character, and its something that today's digital images and Photoshopping will never be able to match.
Today's photo is a fine and evocative example. It's a shot of the Clark Fork River just outside of Thompson Falls, taken by a Missoulian named Chauncey Woodworth about 1908. I'm not sure of the exact spot where this image was taken, but much of the river near Thompson Falls is now entombed beneath a reservoir ... so tattered views like this may be all we have left of a very lovely spot.