Dating Old Photographs: The Cyanotype Process

The earliest known modern photography came into existence around 1840. When looking at old photos knowing about the photography process is helpful to point to a date or time period. An early photography process called the “Cyanotype” is explained in this video (about 5 minutes) from the George Eastman Museum

J. S. Winterbottom Store – Rulo, Nebraska, c. 1900 – cyanotype by Agnes Winterbottom – Minneapolis Institute of Art – Mary Beth Thayer Demarce Collection

Early Photography: Making Cyanotypes – George Eastman Museum

Make your own Cyanotypes!

Cyanotype Pre-treated Fabric Sheets

Cyanotype SunPrint Kit

Cyanotype Paper

More Resources for Early Photography:

Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice

Cased Images & TinTypes KwikGuide

Collector’s Guide to Early Photographs


Preserving Pioneer History: Cemeteries in Nebraska

We have a big problem in Nebraska with our old pioneer cemeteries. Farming continues to encroach on abandoned cemeteries and when those cemeteries are on private property farmers will often destroy the cemeteries. Our cemeteries are protected under state laws, however, only about half of the cemeteries were on the state registry in 2017. An…


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