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billyd3us
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USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  15:29:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did a damp cloth test to see if it was charcoal and it is.

So now, does anyone know who this man is or is it just someones family member ?

Has a signature or something on his collar. I hope someone knows something on this.

Thank You



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Coopers
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USA
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Posted - Aug 24 2018 :  21:02:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi there. I’ve always wondered about these portraits, almost photographic in detail but done in charcoal. I think that they are “crayon portraits” from solar enlargements. See these links:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/auroramohistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/crayon-portrait/amp/
https://www.parisphoto.com/en/Glossary/Photochrome1/

Charcoal or pencil would be used to draw over a faint image produced by a weak photographic emulsion. That would explain the charcoal. It may not be true for yours, but something to consider.
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