from a 4×5 glass negative by Bill Dolak
The VanBuren County Historical Museum (a great afternoon visit, btw) is sitting on dozens, if not hundreds, of 4×5 glass negatives. Some of them were on display on a light table. I snapped a few with my iPhone and did a quick conversion of one using Snapseed (an iPhone image editor), which was perhaps the first time a “print” had been made from the negative in possibly a hundred years (these types of negatives were popular between the 1880s and the 1920s). Here are a few I “processed” in Lightroom. Sadly, I am sure that these images cannot reproduce the detail that is likely stored on those plates.
You can see more of his scans in the Michigan in Pictures group on Facebook & in his massive Michigan: Van Buren County gallery on Flickr!
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I absolutely love this. And the concept of looking at these images. Thank you so much for finding and sharing this. I’m going to browse his collection.
I truly dream of these good ole days.
Yeah they seem like some things were a lot better. Have you ever seen Shorpy? It’s one of my faves & a ton of their images are from Michigan!
Thank you again for your fine articles and pictures.
how do I submit a picture?
Here’s the info (email it to me tho):