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The Bagby Family Photographs consist of 65 glass plate and film negatives created in the 1890s and early 1900s. Most of the images are portraits, and many are taken outdoors. Beyond their association with the family, the individuals pictured are generally unidentified.

 

During the 1880s, the use of glass as a transparent and stable base for dry photographic emulsions replace the collodion wet plate process. Glass was the first widely implemented medium used to crate a transparent photographic negative. The end product became known as the glass plate negative and became obsolete as the camera and photographic processes evolved over time. Commonly used into the 1920s, glass plate negatives prefigured the more durable, affordable, and familiar flexible film negative.

 

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