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Care and identification of 19th-century photographic prints
Reilly, James M., 1946-
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Rochester, NY : Eastman Kodak Co., [1986]

Physical Description:
xii, 116 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
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"Flowchart for identification guide" (1 folded leaf) inserted.
The history of photographic printing in the 19th century. The earliest photographic prints: Photogenic drawings ; Salted paper prints: 1840-1855 ; The albumen print: 1850-1895 ; Non-silver papers: 1860-1900 ; Technical advances in silver printing papers: 1880-1900 ; Bromide developing-out paper: 1885-1900 ; Emulsion-type printing-out papers: 1885-1900 ; Contact-speed developing-out papers: late 1890s. -- The component materials of 19th-century prints and their forms of deterioration. Final image materials ; Binders ; Paper supports ; Secondary supports ; Surface treatments and adhesives ; Preservation problems related to the laminate structure of photographic prints. -- Stability of specific print materials. Salted paper prints ; Albumen prints ; Platinotypes ; Cyanotypes ; Carbon prints, woodburytypes, and gum bichromate prints ; Collodion printing-out papers ; Gelatin printing-out papers ; Gelatin developing-out papers. --

Identification of 19th-century photographic and photomechanical print processes. Preparation and tools ; Identifying daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes ; Identifying print processes: the identification guide ; Summary of physical descriptions of the major 19th-century photographic and photomechanical print processes. -- Preservation and collection management. Defining the purpose and significance of a collection ; Establishing order ; User policies ; Exhibition policies ; Loan policies and traveling exhibitions ; Security ; Preventing and responding to emergencies. -- Storage. The storage environment ; Storage materials. -- Handling, display, and care. Handling ; Display ; Care.
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19th century photographic prints.

Nineteenth century photographic prints.
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History of 19th-century printing, plus how to identify types of prints, deterioration, collection management, storage, handling and display.

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Reilly, director of the Image Permanence Institute and a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, has written a small but well-organized, extremely useful, and much needed source for students, curators, librarians, and private collectors of 19th-century photographic prints. Rather than being concerned with the complexities of restoration, this is intended as a guide both to the precise identification and to the proper storage and use of early photographic prints in order to ``prevent or retard further deterioration.'' After a brief history of the various photographic print processes before 1900, Reilly discusses the characteristics of the structure and materials of each process as they relate to the stability and the deterioration of the image, focusing on problems that affect permanance. He then carefully explains the use of the helpful flowchart included with the book, designed for ``novices and those with an intermediate level of expertise,'' and meant to be used to identify easily particular print processes. The final chapters discuss overall collection management-specifically storage, handling, display, and care of 19th-century photographic prints. Highly recommended for all libraries that have photograph collections or support the history of photography.-J.H. Carmin, University of Oregon