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Old 08-29-2001, 09:14 AM
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First off thank you Ed and T for the information. It was very fastinating and quite a history lesson.

I also learned about ambrotypes from those webpages you sent me to and that was a new one on me. Never heard of them before. I'm also glad you guys discussed the delicate aspect of the daugerrotype since I might end up with a customer wanting one repaired and that would save me from doing something disasterous.

I've got to admit, I have learned so much on this site. Not just about retouching either.

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Old 08-29-2001, 01:25 PM
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If you should take copy shots with a comera, that too could be difficult with a Daugerrotype. You might have to make the camera slightly off axis to the Daugerrotype. Try different things until you get results. You should be able to fix any distortion problem in Photoshop (I think).

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Old 08-29-2001, 01:45 PM
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Makes me tremble at the thought of anyone bringing me a daugerrotype to retore.
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Old 08-29-2001, 04:27 PM
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DJ,

Hmmm, you are in FL....I am in GA. Perhaps I should be your first customer knocking on your door with a daguerreotype to retore. *grins*

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Old 08-29-2001, 05:10 PM
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Time to pack up and move.
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Old 08-30-2001, 03:30 PM
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Useable Daugerrotype Materials

Someone asked the other day about what type of tape you should use on a Daugerrotype, but I'm not sure who it was. It slipped my mind (not unusual) and today I thought about it. I didn't have the answer off the top of my head, so today I dug out a book "Conservation of Photographs" from my library (a small bookcase). Recommended materials to be used with a Daugerrotype include a 100% rag board that is sulfur-free with a neutral pH, high quality archival paper, inert polyvinyl acetate adhesive (the tape?), and properly cleaned glass. This came from the book which was copyrighted in 1985 by Kodak. I would recommend the book to anyone who will be dealing with historical photographs. It does not deal with digital in any way, but it does offer suggestions about restoration methods in general. Hope this helps someone.

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Old 09-05-2001, 12:58 PM
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Well I have the daguerreotype. Unfortunately the section that was destroyed was the entire face. I am going to check with relatives to see if they have a photo of the person at about the same time frame and see if I can work from there. In the mean time I will play with scanning the daguerreotype as well as taking digital photos of it to see which gets the most workable result.

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Old 09-05-2001, 01:42 PM
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This may not be possible, but have you considered having a photo taken of the damaged photo( I cant spell daguerreotype) using infrared film under appropriate lighting conditions? Sometimes this will bring out details which appear gone forever. You could then scan the print or negative and using a scan of the original perhaps rebuild it. Tom

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Old 09-05-2001, 03:09 PM
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Good thinking Tom. BTW, I can't spell it either.

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Old 09-05-2001, 04:49 PM
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Tom,

Interesting approach having a photo taken of the damaged photo using infrared film...I will have to look into that. Although I fear that there is really nothing there...visible or not.

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