Vintage Glass Photos

Going through a box of items from Uncle Bob Goodlander, he had taken these pictures and developed them on glass plates. After some experimenting, I found the easiest way to view them was the following;

  1. Clean the glass side with a damp cloth
  2. Using a fine brush, clean the silver side of the print.
  3. Place the picture with the glass side down on the scanner
  4. Scan the image to a file
  5. Open the file with GIMP (
  6. From the menu “Colors”, select “Invert”
  7. From the menu “Colors”, select Auto –> equalize

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