From the OSUL Rinhart Collection

A recent project I was involved in including the digitziation of early photographic processes, including daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. These presented an interesting challenge due to the highly reflective materials used in the processes (silver and glass respectively). The images were cased photos, in this case meaning, plates held in a typically wood or polymer case, with velvet lined interiors to protect the plates. The cased photos were shot before any conservation treatment, then the plates were removed for cleaning and the cases were shot, interior and exterior, the cleaned plates were shot on their own, and then the reassembled cases were shot with the newly cleaned plates back in their original position. A couple of highlights are included below.

From the Ohio State University, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Rinhart Photograph Collection.

“Just stop Mary, you’re embarrassing yourself.”