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    Posted 6 years ago

    rniederman
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    It’s the first day of spring (20 March). Grab a camera, get together with friends and take pictures! (Selfies count.)

    It's not a new tradition and photography outings go back a long way. My guess is amateur photographers started getting together shortly after the invention of smaller, portable wet-collodion cameras. The earliest reference (ephemera) in my collection is the story of an 1856 photographic tour of Milan, Italy.

    This advertising card for Anthony’s Improved Champion camera is very unusual because it portrays five men leisurely posing with three tripod mounted field view cameras. Traditional advertising cards typically depict beautiful images of scenic landscapes, architecture and formal portraits. What’s even odder is none of the cameras look like Anthony equipment. And the image quality is only fair.

    Anyhow, the location looks serenely exotic and reminds me it is time to start going outside, enjoy the warmer spring weather and take pictures of stuff!

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    1. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, blunderbuss2!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      It's an amusing photo - they look quite foppish and not at all workman like.
      One is having a good time!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      AnnaB
      SpiritBear
    4. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      vetraio50
      racer4four ... foppish indeed!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Manikin
      Caperkid
    6. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      David
      fortapache
    7. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Michael
      bottle-bud
    8. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, shughs!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      gargoylecollector
      kyratango
    10. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your very welcome Rob and Happy Easter!!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Chevelleman69
      Longings
      Beachbum58
    13. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      trukn20
      sugargirl
    14. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      farmlady
      egreeley1976
    15. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Radegunder!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, MyFavoriteTreasures!
    17. MyFavoriteTreasures MyFavoriteTreasures, 6 years ago
      You're welcome; My family has an old photograph that is fading fast, becoming very hard to see anything; gentleman and his puppy are sitting in a horse-drawn buggy; I'm thinkin' 1800's. Any suggestions to salvaging? (And keeping from continued deterioration and fading? It stays in a dark drawer right now.) If I can get a good pic of it, I'll post. We actually have a whole lot of old family photos (and tins) to go through; just haven't had time to see about it yet.
    18. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Hi MyFavoriteTreasures. Once an image starts degrading there's not much you can do except for keeping it in a dark place. My suggestion is to shoot a high quality digital copy. You can then do a digital restoration.

      Regarding tintypes, according to a friend who is a master collodion photographer and restoration expert, there's nothing that can be done to fix images that have cracked or peeled from the base metal. Years ago he tried to salvage an historically omportant image that was separating from the metal plate. He ended up making a high quality copy of the image.
    19. MyFavoriteTreasures MyFavoriteTreasures, 6 years ago
      Thanks rniederman! We have so very much work to do; my brother purchased my grandparents' home (born 1880, and 1886 respectively) and alot of their belongings and furnishings remain in the home (home built in 1894 purchased by my grandparents in 1916). (If you care to have a look, "Still Learning" is my brother's account here, we will be adding much more in the coming months.)

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/168961-great-grandparents-portraits-and-frames?in=171
    20. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks again, Manikin!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Trey!
    22. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Kerry!
    23. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Nicefice!
    24. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      Manikin
      packrat-place
      courtenayantiques

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