Photographs dating back
There are others such as the early calotype and the revolutionary 1904 colour images called Autochromes but these are rather unusual.Whatever you have in your family collection, the key thing is to look after those precious images in your care – for now and for future generations.Occasionally , daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards and opalotypes were hand coloured.Carte de visite and cabinet portraits were also enlarged, over-painted in oils or crayon and framed. By the very late 1890s and especially by the 1900s, the topographical postcard was becoming very popular.
Many photographs remain undiscovered in volumes, files and papers.
Up to this stage, photos were generally one-offs, there was no negative and multiple copies were impracticable.
Any copies required had to be photographed from the original – often with a distinct loss of quality.
Combined, the quantity of photographic material runs into millions of individual items.
Although we hold a large number of that are either wholly photographic or have a high concentration of photographs, much of the material remains ‘hidden’ within paper files.
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