If I’ve actually made a print using a specific paper, I’ll note the optimal conditions for printing that I discovered. Recommended developer: Kodak Dektol, D-72, or Ektaflo, Type 1. It has sufficient speed for enlarging with standard equipment, and can be used for contact printing with reduced illumination. (I made some contact prints with Opal from the mid-1960s and must stress the reduced illumination part.I would use that only as a starting guide, as any prints made with vintage photo papers would vary due to storage conditions, developer used, light source, etc. A 15 watt bulb is too bright unless you’re making a contact print of under a second. Kodak Resisto N – A contact printing paper, produced by coating on an emulsion similar to Velox on a special water resistant base. Kodak Resisto Rapid N – An enlarging paper made with an emulsion similar to Kodabromide in the the manner of the above paper.Suitable for projection printing from reduced scale negatives and for exposure in process cameras; for document and drawing reproduction by contact printing from the original; and for contact printing on blueprint-type equipment. Recommended developer: Kodak Dektol, or Ektaflo, Type 1. (I may actually have some of this – I have a brown, unopened Kodak paper box from the 1940s labeled “Linagraph Orthochromatic” It’s, apparently, a 250 foot roll of 35mm film, but it also says “light weight” and is graded with an “A,” just like paper would be. Kodak Portrait Proof – A rough, single weight paper, slightly slower than Platino. Kodak Polycontrast Rapid II RC – I’m assuming this is just the newer version of Polycontrast Rapid. Your knowledge, interest and enjoyment in identifying dates and locations is helping us to fill in some of the blanks and, in turn, provide better access to the State’s archives.A close rival in popularity to the photo posts is Useful Tips for Reading Handwritten Documents which became a long list of tips and tricks generated by comments from you and from State Records staff.It got us thinking…we create a similar list of useful tips for dating photographs?
To print a picture or pictures using settings other than the default settings: Some digital cameras let you tag (or "mark") pictures on the memory card for printing.
In fact, it became our most successful series on the blog after just the second post!
Many images in our collection have come to us with only the barest of details attached.
For instance, do you date photos from: the clothing people are wearing; the cars you see; the progress of building construction; the appearance of telegraph poles; an historic event…or something unusual?
I’ll start off the list with something I learned while following the advice of a Flickr friend.