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Finding blue photographs in your family papers.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I just inherited a patch of old family photos that are on blue paper.  Can you tell me what type of photograph this is and when they were taken?

 

Answer: The photograph you are referring to is a Cyanotype.  This photograph was a popular style ca. 1890-1910 from the albums I have seen.  This cyan-blue color paper print added that dimension of color that the albumen style print did not.  To learn more about cyanotype photographs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanotype


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