Boy with Basket, about 1860
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A collodion positive (ambrotype) of a young man carrying a basket, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1860. The youth looks to be wearing a uniform, indicating that he is possibly a bell boy or delivery boy. The collodion positive process (also commonly known as ambrotype) was popular during the 1850s and 1860s. An underexposed collodion negative on glass was backed with a black opaque coating to create a unique positive image.