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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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