Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
Mammoth plate cameras were big not because the photographer did not wish to enlarge...

Also many processes from the 1800's (such as carbon printing) can not be enlarged, since they require UV light.

Vaughn
Yes, it was called "contact printing" I think. Rumor has it that this barbarous practice continues to this day.

Seriously, the rise of electrification and the rise of silver gelatin paper took place in a similar time frame. IOW, before widespread access to electricity, there weren't any real enlarging papers (and even the early silver gelatin papers were slooooowwwww). Most of the old processes were primarily about contact printing. If I'm recalling my history correctly. But I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm not!