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    Image "How was it done?" Question

    This is an old family image (Uncles Mother) from circa 1910. The remains of the image are on a heavy paper/card with the remnants of a postcard mark on the back.



    I really like the feel of the portrait and so would like anyones educated guesses on how it was produced, which process, camera, lens type etc would have been likely to have used

    Size is/was normal postcard size

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    Phil, can't help you in any way, shape or form but, I'd just like to say what a beautiful woman she was. Regards, Blights
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    My guess is that it was contact printed on a contact printing paper such as Kodak Azo was. From what I've seen and read, this was quite a well used process in that era, especially for the post card photos.
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    Phil,

    I think the secret is more with the photographer than the equipment. The posing here is masterfully subtle. Look at the curves such as that formed by the shadow of the collar, the folding of the collar, the sweep of the hair, curve of the neck formed by the twist of her body and turn of the head, etc. The camera angle is low and thus probably deliberate. The background is lit to fade into the the foreground. This is a photograph of a beautiful woman by a photographer who has paid great attention to detail. It is remarkable in its nuance and effect.

    My guess is commonplace studio camera equipment of the period was simply used very carefully. That might have been something like a studio view camera with multiplying or reducing back and perhaps a lens such as a rapid rectilinear or anastigmat. A visit to http://www.cameraeccentric.com/ will reveal many equipment catalogs of the day.

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    My guess fwiw: Kodak 4a Studio camera with a Wollensak Velostigmat 12" used at f4.5 on 5X7 film. I'm gussing 12" at f4.5 because of the shallow depth of field. Still it is of the "smooth / sharp" persuasion which indicates an Anastigmat like the Wolly. A Heliar of 12 or 14" would look very similar.
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    Possibly taken with something as simple as a Kodak 3A type camera and then contact printed on a emulsion coated postcard.

    http://www.vintagephoto.tv/postcard1.shtml

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    If she is your uncle's mother, doesn't that make her your grandmother?
    If that is the case, have you inherited anything from her?
    I mean that in a normal way as I have my grandmothers (fathers side) body shape, but my grandfathers (mothers side) constitution.
    Genes are interesting when you have pictures of past members and can observe current family members for looks or traits.
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    The lower portion of the image was probably also vignetted out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    If she is your uncle's mother, doesn't that make her your grandmother?
    If that is the case, have you inherited anything from her?
    I mean that in a normal way as I have my grandmothers (fathers side) body shape, but my grandfathers (mothers side) constitution.
    Genes are interesting when you have pictures of past members and can observe current family members for looks or traits.
    Mick.

    Mick
    My Aunt(Fathers sister) is married to the son of this woman, which makes him my Uncle. No direct relationship though.
    I only met this Lady when she was in her early seventies so she looked quite different

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