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Antique Albumen Print From Negative Tobacco Cards 1880-1910

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Posted 2 years ago


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Need a little help finding out what and where these came from? They belonged to my Nanny, and I want to pass them on to my granddaughter. Thank You.

UPDATE: Thanks to a Museum and a Library's help I was able to find out what these are. ( Albumen Print From Negative onto Tobacco Cards ).

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
  2. Shleee64 Shleee64, 2 years ago
    Yes, I know they are Canadian..LOL where as to (what collection) I mean....Can you tell I'm new....LOL
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Can you post a couple of the backs of the postcards. What do you mean by collection ??
  4. Shleee64 Shleee64, 2 years ago
    There is nothing on the backs.... I have a collection of approx. 40 of them, all different?
  5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    I love your kittycat too...
  6. Shleee64 Shleee64, 2 years ago
    Thank you, she found me and I have appreciated her ever since. :)
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Usually there is no way of knowing who made them. They were usually printed in unknown numbers. Not sure who made these cards as there are limited means, although if you find a card collector salesman who had the same cards. I have thousands of old cards, turn of the last century, circa 1907 etc. There is a guy from ottawa, who may know who the photographer was. Not sure if that is the info you want, any other info would be more or less speculation. There are a number of canadian photographers who travelled, this photographer looks like he has been to banff and winnipeg also. He defininitely sold photo postcards more than likely. Cannot really tell without handling one to see if yours are a real photo postcard for sure, or just a similar process. A lot of postcards were printed overseas also in unknown numbers so they are not worth lots of money if that is what you are worried about. From the style of these cards it does look like they all came from one certain photographer and possibly your grandmother got them from from someone who was older and knew the photographer and he gave her a number of his work (postcards). I will be going over my postcards in a couple months when I find time, and I should have some that are by the same maker/photographer, as I am pretty certain I have some. You did not mention if you had a connection to Canada or not.
  8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 2 years ago
    Can you tell what size they are? Postcard size?, or smaller?
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    They are postcard size -- I do have similar cards.
  10. Shleee64 Shleee64, 2 years ago
    Thank you for all the information regarding my photos. These are very small, not postcard size. 2"/3" approx. I think they are tobacco cards, as they were in with a approx. 100 or so that my Nanny had. I am Canadian.
  11. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Would be interesting to see these - never saw them. I did notice that some of the larger glass negatives that they used around that time were used directly to print postcards, so I guess it is best to see first.
  12. Shleee64 Shleee64, 2 years ago
    I found out today that they earlier then 1930's from my mom...
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Yes I know that they are earlier than 1930s. They are for sure between 1907 - 1912 which is the common date for these type of cards. That is the date they would have on the back if they were used postcards...

    While World War I was raging in Europe, the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa caught fire on a freezing February night in 1916. With the exception of the Library of Parliament, the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings was destroyed and seven people died.
  14. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Luckily the amazing library never caught fire.

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