Friday, November 30, 2012


A previous post sought answers about a small,  obviously old,  and definitely "re-touched"               photograph I had found in a nearby antique store.  While leafing through a copy of the Smithsonian,  I noticed a short piece on a very similar photo/frame combo.  It turns out that my photograph is an  ambrotype,  a popular form of portrait photography during the 1850's,  and whose name is derived from the Greek word "ambrotos" meaning "immortal".  This technique (glass negative rather than the metal ones used  in daguerreotypes) yielded a softer,  more flattering image.  Now if we could only figure out the strange additions to this photograph.

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