From time to time i get some interesting photos to restore. Wednesday I took a delivery of some old photographic glass plates. They came in these lovely boxes. Two sizes of plates 5×4 inches and 7×5 inches. Both Kodak and Ilford plates, the Kodak selling point was “Anti-Halo” and the Ilford “Auto-Filter”. From research it seems they were circa 1923. The subject matter of the plates were hunting trophies. Leopard, Tigers, bears and Boar. (sorry permission not yet granted for display)
What was very interesting to me is that the larger box came with the instructions for development.
The recipes make interesting reading, I like the mention of the warning on the smaller box…
” Before returning unused film to this war-time package, care should be taken to ensure the film is wrapped in light proof paper. “
They were confident that unused film would be returned safely and unexposed even in war time!
Some old and varying sized negatives came along with the package for photo restoration in this envelope. The negatives, still hunting photos may have been intended for “The Explosives Department” at “Imperial Chemical Industries” in Calcutta as the envelope that came with it, was ready printed with the address. ICI eventually became defunct in 2008 after many years producing chemicals, explosives and paints before it was taken over by Akzo Nobel. Perhaps one of the employees was a hunter and simple kept his negatives safe in the envelope.
I suspect if the envelope went through customs today there may be traces of explosives detectable on it. A scary thought.
Certainly an intriguing story developing… Read on to when these were scanned and restored