Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

In the old days, Ghostbusters didn't have the luxury of carrying their equipment on their backs. Instead, ghost-hunting spiritualists had to travel with large stationary contraptions, and hope their etherial prey wasn't too nimble.

Photographer Noah Doely creates odd and unnerving ambrotypes envisioning a past slightly more mystical than own, one filled sea monsters, homespun androids, and fossils hidden behind every wall.

[Noah Doely via Retronaut]

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera

Old-timey Ghostbusters caught sucking up a spirit on camera