A couple of great new (old) photographs have come my way.
The second, shown below, is an Edwardian photograph on a glass negative, five inches by four and a quarter….known in the trade as a ‘quarter plate’. Other regular sizes were ‘half plate'( six and a half by four and three quarters), ‘whole plate’ (eight and a half by six and a half), and ‘ten eight’. This is inches we are talking about here. Centimetres were never in the frame ! Printing paper came in these sizes, and much larger as well…12×10, 15×12 and 20x 16 were all sizes stocked by the average commercial darkroom. The larger size was always quoted first ! In another life, I was a photographic retoucher, long before the computer was invented, and when I first started we still worked occasionally on glass negatives ! Flexible negatives made of a light sensitive emulsion laid on a stiff gelatin base came next. These then had to be ‘printed’ to get a positive image. Photoshop and the like could not even be imagined back in the late 1950’s.
Not a very good reproduction of it, but the ‘billycock’ bowler and loud check jacket are so splendid I can’t resist showing it to you. The other two are wearing boaters, and all three seem to be smartly dressed…I wonder what the occasion was ? I should think the date is about 1910.