How are Glass Plates Packaged?
This is my first post in this forum...
I was wondering if anyone has seen different packaging methods for glass plates?
What was the best method you have come across?
Are there (Were there?) any unique or manufacturer specific methods?
How about today, for those who still manage to buy plates, are current methods any different ?
Last edited by Ray Rogers; 05-22-2009 at 04:47 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Most of mine I see are packed emulsion to emulsion in pairs with little cardboard thingies at each end. Covered in black paper, put in a nice cardboard box with a nice label. eh?
The older plates always seemed to be packed emulsion to emulsion. If there were 12 plates in the box they would be separated into 3 sets of 4 plates, with each set wrapped in dark paper. I have some Ferrania IR plates that had 6 plates in the box, wrapped in green paper in 3 groups of 2 plates, emulsion to emulsion. The 3 sets in green paper were further covered in some metal foil, presumably to help them keep in storage. The most recent plates I've used are Agfa Gevaert APX 100 & they are packed differently. 10 in a box, held apart by plastic tabs. The plates are packed all emulsion down except for the bottom one which is emulsion up. That is according to the product pdf as well as my experience.
One can still buy plates? Where?
there used to be an outfit in eastern europe / russia slavich ( i think )
that made dry plates .. i don't know if they still make them.
it isn't hard to coat your own, i have done that on and off since about 1987ish.
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In general, there are NO commercial glass plates made anywhere, none. With the possible exception of Slavich in Russia, but their plates (if still made) are not available in the USA or Western Europe (to my knowledge).
So in the older material, there were no cardboard or plastic tabs?
Originally Posted by goldie
Just emulsion to emulsion, glass to glass, emulsion to emulsion and so on?
What do the cardboard/plastic tabs look like?
There were no interleaving tissues, say between the glass to glass surface?
PHOTOTONE; Ilford coats on glass plates...
60 years ago Gevaert packaged plates as set of four wrapped as a whole in paper. Two plates each facing emulsion sides. A U-bent paper strip was inserted with its ends between the two emulsion surfaces of the two sets
Slavich plates are for instance available from Banse + Grohmann (Wephota) (http://www.wephota.de/fotogra.htm ) and Lumière (http://www.lumiere-shop.de/index.php...roplatten.html ). Or you can order directly from Slavich: http://www.slavich.ru
Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE
In case someone is looking for plates at Wephota:
They have not been listed in their price-lists (pdf's) the lasts years. But they are listed in their product overview ("Produktübersicht").