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Old Photos of the West Country of England

glass plate negative

An example of the smaller-sized 4 ¼ x 3 ½" glass plate negatives in the West Country Image archive

Gelatin dry plate negatives, as opposed to the earlier wet collection glass negatives, were commercially produced, by companies such as The Imperial Dry Plate Company of London, on thin glass plates coated with light-sensitive silver salts gelatin. This process was in common use by photographers from the late 1880s into the early 1920s, when film replaced glass. Most prints from glass plate negatives were made using the contact print method. And as contact prints, the size of the negative determined the size of the photograph. The larger the negative, the larger the print.


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