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Wood Block Photo Printing?
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Hi All,I bought this wood block photo at an estate sale in New Jersey, USA.  To my untrained eye, it looks like it would be used to make prints of this photo.  It is etched in some parts such as the…Continue

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Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
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Dear Photography Experts and Enthusiasts:I am an antique photo novice and recently purchased two antique-looking "reverse glass?" photos/postcards of Antwerp - included in this posting.  They are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Novak Jun 11.

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Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Thanks Anthony.  This helps my understanding of the chronology."
Tuesday
Anthony Hamber replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Photo-on-wood was being experimented with at the end of the 1840s. The Illustrated London News was shown samples of the process in 1851... But did not adopt it for its illustrations for another decade. Thomas Bolton was known (and credited) for his…"
Tuesday
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Thanks Dr. Joe.  Very interesting discussion of the wood block photo engraving process, seemingly at the dawn of using such a method, with a lot of trial and error to perfect it."
Sep 19
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Hello again, I came across this report in the British Journal of Photography in 1869 which may add to the ref. above. You should be able to scroll down to the second part if it should be of…"
Sep 19
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Thanks Dr. Joe.  Very interesting that you found this excerpt.  This does bring some light to my photographic block. "
Sep 10
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"I'm afraid I can't add anything more sensible. However, in my reading today I came across a mention of printing on wood blocks in the British Journal of Photography (1 December 1863 p. 472). It was at a meeting of the Edinburgh…"
Sep 8
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Thanks Dr. Joe for the informative response!  Not sure how you figured out the person in the photo (perhaps you made out the writing on the back, which now that you gave me the name, I can see written on the back but could not make out before…"
Sep 7
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Very interesting object. This is a portrait of Hiram Sibley (February 6, 1807 – July 12, 1888) an American industrialist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I will leave you to decide if this is the block for the print below! I don't…"
Sep 6
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Wood Block Photo Printing?

Hi All,I bought this wood block photo at an estate sale in New Jersey, USA.  To my untrained eye, it looks like it would be used to make prints of this photo.  It is etched in some parts such as the gentleman's face and hair.  Would love to hear what you experts might be able to tell me based on the attached photos, e.g. photo method, age, purpose, etc.Thanks in advance,Ben …See More
Sep 4
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Not really.  That is probably from physical manipulation/thinning of the paper."
Jun 11
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"I had mentioned in my original post that both examples have some small illuminated areas, particularly visible in the one with the port (see second to last image from my post in the windows of the castle tower. Looks sort of like a…"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Joe, the type of titles here and the coloring, dating, etc. is what indicates to me photo lithography. Photolithography is a process by which images are photographically transferred to a matrix (either an aluminum plate or, less frequently, a…"
Jun 11
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"I'm not sure about that. I have photographic prints by photographers in Edinburgh in the 1880's where they have the title at the bottom, apparently set into the collodian emulsion. I must admit I have never thought how they did it. I even…"
Jun 11
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Thanks for the reply Alex.  Do you know how color photo lithographs were produced at that time? Ben"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"With the printed titles, these appear to be color photo lithographs made around the turn of the century that are mounted to glass."
Jun 11
Ben Richter replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Thank you Dr. Joe.  This is very helpful information. Ben"
May 25

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