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Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: agentbud
Date: October 27, 2017 09:38PM
Found this detecting my neighbors yard. I believe this is a copper plate (etched) photograph. It appears to be a thin sheet of copper with a lead-filled back. The corners are bent and/or folded, but unless part of it is missing it looks like the original shape was a triangle with a size of about 4" per side. Some of the lead back can be seen in the top folder-over corner. The lead back definitely gives the item some weight and rigidity. The picture etched on the copper side shows 4 people in the back (1 female) and 2 people in the foreground. Their clothing looks like early 1900's. Based on the stone building fa├žade on the left side it looks like they are exiting a building (reminds me of mobsters/gangsters/mafia being escorted out of a courthouse!). So I was curious if anyone knows more about this style photography and / or specifically this image.
Thanks... Mike




Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: pplinker
Date: October 28, 2017 07:12AM
Have a couple old family photos that are called tinplates but they don't have lead attached. Lead was used in typesetting, and that looks somewhat like a newspaper picture. You have a very interesting find there!



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Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: olfart
Date: October 28, 2017 07:31AM
+1 on the newspaper printing plate. The photo was "screened", a process used by newspapers to produce shades of grey with black ink. Still an interesting find.

Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: rferrari
Date: October 31, 2017 07:30AM
It looks like a photogravure item that is part of a copper sheet that ink was applied to and then pressed to paper. The tiny dots held the ink. Peace

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Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: giuhalftrack
Date: September 04, 2018 10:56AM
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rferrari
It looks like a photogravure item that is part of a copper sheet that ink was applied to and then pressed to paper. The tiny dots held the ink. Peace

I think this is correct because you can see the mesh for printing on a newspaper...

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Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: woody
Date: September 04, 2018 11:23AM
Most interesting.

Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: Sanderling
Date: October 08, 2018 03:35PM
Very cool find Mike. I like these old photos. Agree with you that it looks like three well dressed mobsters with a moll. Not sure who the two guys in the foreground are. Attorneys? Kind of looks like one is bumming a light for his cigarette or perhaps they are just conspiring on how to get their clients off lol.

Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: rferrari
Date: October 12, 2018 01:03PM
I was a photoengraver in a previous life. That sure looks like a newspaper print plate. They can be flat or curved. Nice find. Peace Roy

Re: Copper Plate Photograph
Posted by: au hunter
Date: October 28, 2018 11:01AM
the style of clothing with give the era of the photo

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