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    Don't know if that's it, but it's an earlier process.  Cartes de visite & cabinet cards - and, a bit later, stereo views - were mass produced items.  Salt prints, contact printed from negatives of the same size as the print, were an earlier photographic process that went out of style once cartes de visite & tintypes came on the scene.

    Anderson Davis was almost 79 when he died in 1872.  I think this guy looks more youthful than that.  Do you know the dimensions of the original image, or if it's mounted on a card as opposed to just printed on paper?  The "jizz" of this picture reminds me of an early salt print that's been handed down to me.  They don't have an apparent emulsion like the later forms do.  It more appears as if the picture is in the paper, rather than on it.

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    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:39:26 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the info, LOE. (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm ashamed to admit I know nothing about these old photographic processes. I haven't seen anything but the image posted online. I do know that to my eye, this photo looked different than others I'd seen..

      Maybe if I get lucky on one of my downstate IL genealogy trips this summer / fall, I can find out more from some of the Davis descendants.

      This diary is an excellent reference for me and I'm so glad raina wrote it.

      Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

      by figbash on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 04:19:54 PM PDT

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