By 1812Blockhouse

The folks at The Sherman Room at the Main Branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have placed several new images online.

What is different than usual is that these photos are not from prints or slides, rather they are images obtained from glass plate negatives, a photographic technique used from the Civil War era through the early years of the 20th century.

These plates are much different than the thin film negatives that 35mm camera users might be familiar with; they are exactly as described – a negative printed on a glass plate. The plates came in “wet” and “dry” versions, the difference being whether or not the emulsion applied to the glass was wet when placed into a camera.

As with daguerreotypes, the images created via this process can reveal a substantial amount of detail.

Most were dry negatives, which were easier to transport and required less exposure to light. Such plates are a bit of a challenge to store and handle, as this guide from the National Archives details.

The Sherman Room collection includes images or the following:

  • Days on the Farm
  • Single Shots – Getting just the right pose
  • A Congregation, Congregating
  • Buildings and Explorations
  • Houses Near and Far

You can view the Sherman Room collection here. The main Sherman Room page can be accessed here.

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

Send us your news — of an announcement, event,
club news, fundraiser – whatever! It’s easy to do online.

Become a 1812Blockhouse Newsroom Member, support independent media in Richland County, and get access to the new Super Richland! Details here.
You May Also Like

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

Note: We first shared this story on our first Fourth of July…

Mansfield On Parade, Filmed in 1958

Mansfield’s Sesquicentennial Parade was quite the show back in 1958, as this…

Travel Writers Tour Unique Attractions

Instagram Eight travel writers from around the country will visit Mansfield and…

Gotta Love Local Fall Traditions!

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County: Cool temperatures…