Albumens from the 1800s
The following is part of a collection of albumens I have been maintaining. I will be putting them out on the net because I feel they are important historic documents and I hope folks will get some entertainment or insight into other times, ways of living, and places. As you can see, I started scanning the set in greyscale and decided to switch to color. Fundamentally, an albumen is a monochromatic picture, but when you see them in person, they are brownish due to their chemical composition. So, even though it uses up 3 times as much disk space to show them in brown (color RBG) as opposed to grey scale, I thought it added something to their appearance. :)

For those that are wondering, here is a definition from the British Library:
Albumen = invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Évrard in 1850; an improvement on the salted paper print, used between 1848 and the late 1870s. Plain paper was coated with a layer of egg-white containing salt and sensitised with silver nitrate before exposure. This type of photograph was susceptible to the deleterious effects of light and oxygen - many of these photographs show signs of fading and yellowing with loss of density and contrast.

So, I am scanning them before they go away! You should be able to right-click and save any of the images. You may use them for any non-commercial purposes. If you need a higher res scan let me know. Enjoy - GR

BTW, there is handwriting on the back side of many of the photos. I will transcribe literally what is written there. The phrasing is the authors, and is not necessarily the way I would put it today.

These are my favorite ones, since they show people of the time.
Back says in hand:
"A Strassburg woman: seen on every street"
A Strassburg woman: seen on every street

Another compelling photo.
Back says in hand:
"One of the peasants of Srerina's (sp?) neighborhood - one sees many in the streets!"
One of the peasants of Srerina's neighborhood

Here are two by Carl Hertel of Mainz. Hertel is known for fine photos and often his work is sought by museums. This one is labelled "C. Hertel, Mainz. Nr. 1414 Homburg v. d. H. Portal im Schlosshof." The field of activity of C. Hertel seems to be focused on the Rhine country. He lived from 1832 to 1906.
Back has a stamp from Hertel.
C. Hertel, Mainz.  Nr. 1414 Homburg v. d. H. Portal im Schlosshof.

Another Carl Hertel of Mainz. This is the Kaiser Friedrich Promenade.
Back has in hand "+ Gur Villa". If you know what that means, email me.
C. Hertel, Mainz.  Nr. 1414 Homburg v. d. H. Kaiser Friedrich Promenade.

Written on back: "Verona's Juliete Tomb"
Verona's Juliete Tomb

No notes - man and boat
No notes - man and boat

Written on back "The usual cab in Russia"
The usual cab in Russia

Written on back "The Palazzo Publico Sienna"
(According to Bluffton) Begun between 1297-1305 and completed c. 1326 the Palazzo Pubblico, complete with chapel and meeting rooms, once housed the Podestà and the Council; today it is a kind of town hall. Made of red brick (typical of Siena) with a travertine base, it presents the image of a fortress.
The Palazzo Publico Sienna

No notes. If anyone has an idea, feel free to email.

Written on back in hand:
"The interior of San Petronio's church. Bologna."
The interior of San Petronio's church.  Bologna.

Written on back in hand:
"North East view. Salisbury"
North East view. Salisbury

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