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In search of my ancestors on blue photo paper.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to determine what these blue photos in my family collection are?  They look like they are pictures of my great-grandparents around the time they were married in 1902.


Answer:  The photograph you have decide is a process known as a Cyanotype.  The process creates a cyan-blue image.  The time frame I see these in vogue ranges 1890's to the 1910's.  So your date of 1902 fits in quite nicely.  The process was the first way of adding a non-sepia color to an image, without hand coloring.

Posted by David Lambert at 02/17/2012 11:45:10 PM | 

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