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Ferns. Fac-Simile of a Photogenic Drawing (Page from The Mirror, vol. 33, no. 945 (20 April,1839)).

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This is considered the first photographic image published. A boxwood block was chemically prepared in the manner of Talbot's preparation of paper. Bird's photogenic drawing of ferns was laid on the block, and exposed to light, leaving its image on the surface. A wood engraver then cut the...

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Image: 15.1 x 11.2 cm (5 15/16 x 4 7/16 in.) Sheet: 22.3 x 14.2 cm (8 3/4 x 5 9/16 in.)

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