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    Photographic postcard, dated 9-1909

    Just a question...what types of cameras were used at the time to make a photographic postcard? It's rather smallish, just slightly larger than a 6x12 frame from 120 film. Any ideas? I found quite a few of them at an antique shop so I walked out with a couple handfuls of them, and a Russian postcard of Ilya Repin from 1969. ($7 spent...) Just curious about the cameras used...as the Russian postcard is a litho print.
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    The Russian litho print could have initially been captured by any camera. Many photographic postcards were contact printed from roll film cameras. The popular 116 roll film yielded 2.5 x 4.25" images. Other roll films of the age were smaller and larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    The Russian litho print could have initially been captured by any camera. Many photographic postcards were contact printed from roll film cameras. The popular 116 roll film yielded 2.5 x 4.25" images. Other roll films of the age were smaller and larger.
    Presumably, also. the "real photo" postcards could have been made from duplicate negs of postcard size , with the original neg being of any size from any camera.....I have old postcards of architectural subjects, buildings and interiors, which look to have been taken on LF or plate cameras with movements.

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    Hmmm...I think perhaps the litho print is from one of his paintings. My husband has made a few lithos (we have one of the plates framed) and the litho might be a reproduction just for that postcard series.

    Yeah, the 116 film was used in the old Brownie box cameras. (Awesome camera, btw.)

    My question is if the camera that was used was an LF, how were the postcards so small? These are just slightly larger, makes me think 116 negative. Did anyone use glass plates that were that small?
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    A while ago I found some old plates, some were 6.5 x 9 cm.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum192/...oom-stuff.html

    This site has some nice info on old postcards as well. http://www.playle.com/realphoto/

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Nova Scotia View Post
    A while ago I found some old plates, some were 6.5 x 9 cm.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum192/...oom-stuff.html

    This site has some nice info on old postcards as well. http://www.playle.com/realphoto/
    I certainly must not have been thinking. Small glass plates. *sigh*

    That site, though, is excellent. It will certainly help me identify the cards. Thanks!
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