Posted 8 months ago
A huge part of the late 19th century photography business was enlargement and enhancement of photographs. Details were often lost during the enlargement and copying process. Photographers employed artists to draw and paint in details.
Here are some examples of period (1880- 90s) advertising of these services, found on the back of cabinet cards.
#1 Davis Premium Gallery: "For the best Photographs, Crayons, Best Water Color Photographs, Best Pastel".
#2 Leonard Studio (KS): "The negative of this photograph is preserved for future orders and can be reduced for the smallest locket or enlarged up to life size and finished in crayon, ink or water color."
Some advertisements for enlarging:
#3 Wilson & McNair (TX): "Copying and enlarging a specialty".
#4 G.H. McElroy (WI): "... also can have it enlarged to any sized desired at McElroy's."
In addition to holding negatives, many companies solicited for actual copying of original photograph. Photographers and larger companies canvassed areas offering copy services. These photographs are identified by writing on the back explaining colors, sizes and framing desired on the enlargement.
I will post some of these in a later posting.
My photographs-- do not copy or use without permission.