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    Nov 2015
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    Small glass negative

    Does anyone know what this small glass negative would be used for? It is indeed negative, though the lighting is making it seem like a positive image. Iíve nver seen one this size. The photo itself is Mary Pickford from a 1916 issue of Photoplay magazine.
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    A negative for a picture. The glass one are very collectable.
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    In case you come on more or you run into most any negative. Throw it on your flatbed scanner, scan it into Photo Shop or similar. Hit invert and you have a positive you can view or print. Or if you've got boxes of 35mm or 110 negs or slides, you can pickup dedicated neg scanners for under $40 bucks now. Turns days of work into a couple hours.

    Glass negs do have a lot of interest. Had a small box sitting on my table of fairly roached ones. Guy didn't hesitate on $20ea price. Have sold others at a good price too!
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    Thanks for the replies... but I know what a glass negative is, I’ve just never seen one this small?
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    Its small for it was used to print that size in an add or some other article.

    Btw... might try a scan of it then try Google "image search".
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    Thats a cool find I bet it would fetch a few greenies
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    I agree with those above! Newspaper pictures are typically "half tone positive" in Photoshop they would appear negative until reversed. Could be for theatre promo purposes.

    Nice find, congrats.

  9. #9

    Aug 2014
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    As mentioned,

    February 1916, Photoplay, pg. 49 ... has this pic.
    Miss Pickford was in so many movies and magazines, that she definitely was in the public eye, at the time.

    This picture is somewhat "mundane" ? ... It's possible this is the only time it was used.

    and its photographers were professionals, ... they'd have no problem enlarging or sizing this negative to fit that page size.

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  10. #10

    Nov 2015
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    Thanks everyone. I'm very familiar with the magazine/article. After a bit more digging... I believe it may (may) have been used for making RPPC postcards. But as noted, the photo is so mundane, why would they use that photo considering there are a bazillion more "professional" MP photos in the world. The reason I think it was used for postcards is there were a few other glass negatives (that I didn't care about, I just wanted this one) that I have researched and just about all of them I have seen on postcards. I did read that after 35mm became more prevalent, some postcard manufacturers did use 35mm negatives and just blew them up to size. So, I guess it's still a mystery, but could be postcard-related.

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