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Popular Photographic Print Processes: Albumen Prints

Albumen photograph showing Major General George B. McClellan
E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm), publisher. Major Gen'l Geo. B. McClellan. Albumen print on carte de visite mount, c1861.

Dates in general use: 1850-1895

timeline 1850-1895

Description: Albumen prints were the most common type of photographic print made during the nineteenth century. They are characterized by a smooth, shiny surface, which is the result of a coating of egg whites (albumen). The color can vary a great deal depending upon the treatment given during processing, but most often it is purplish-brown.

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