The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865

Ambrotype of unidentified soldier in Union uniform

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Ambrotype of unidentified soldier.jpg

Description

Among the photographic processes available to a widening public and used by Civil War soldiers were ambrotypes. Ambrotypes became popular in the mid-1850s, due in large part to their shorter exposure times (as compared to daguerreotypes), which also made them a good choice for churning out portraits of soldiers. They consist of a collodion image fixed to a glass plate, which, when held up to light, appears negative. To create a positive image, the plate was placed against a black background. Like daguerreotypes, ambrotypes are unique objects—there is no negative, so the plate is the photograph.

Title

Ambrotype of unidentified soldier in Union uniform

Type

Ambrotype

Date

1861-1865?

Format

17 x 22 cm. or smaller

Citation

“Ambrotype of unidentified soldier in Union uniform ,” The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865, accessed May 29, 2020, https://americanantiquarian.org/earlyamericannewsmedia/items/show/86.