Tag Archives: wet-plate

A Sensitive Thing

Toronto. After 1851 when Frederick Scott Archer invented the first practical wet-plate process, you could tell a photographer from his blackened finger-tips. This situation came about by the practitioner’s need to sensitize his glass plate with a silver nitrate solution. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

Toronto. Member Harold Staats felt we should honour Canada Day this year with a portrait of Sir John A MacDonald, our first Prime Minister in 1867. This portrait was taken by our most famous photographic studio, Willam Notman. Notman began … Continue reading

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Modern Wet-Plate Photography

Toronto. On June 23 I posted a note about the site Modern Day Antique mentioning that when the PHSC began in the mid 1970s, antique technologies were the really old technologies. At our June Toronto meeting we celebrated Canada’s 150th … Continue reading

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Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Photo History

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, June 21, 2017 About a half dozen speakers: Celebrating One-Five-Oh! Our promotions editor Sonja Pushchak said it best: “Join us for Victorian cupcakes and the sort of coffee Sir John A. used to drizzle on his whiskey. … Continue reading

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Focussing Aids in the 1800s

Toronto. Those of us who predate digital cameras and smartphones may recall a nifty little 8x magnifier, the Agfa Lupe. It was used to look at 35mm negatives and slides on a light table. Instead, you could use the 5x … Continue reading

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A Source of Sharp Old Prints

Toronto. PHSC member and regular contributor to our web site, Sarah Shrigley, sent me an interesting email back in early July. Included in the email were many century old prints of American scenes, all quite sharp. While I cannot show her … Continue reading

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Photographs of then and now

Toronto. My thanks to Russ Forfar who sent me this very engaging article from the Guardian newspaper in England. Everyone has heard or seen the famous Gettysburg address by Abe Lincoln. Guardian has created a remarkable site showing before wet plate photographs … Continue reading

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Timothy O’Sullivan, 19th century photographer

Kitchener, August 4, 2013. My oldest daughter, Suzy, reminded me today about this famous Irish-American wet-plate photographer. I was first introduced to O’Sullivan’s beautiful photographs decades ago in the 1970s series of Time-Life books on Photography.  O’Sullivan practiced his art at … Continue reading

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