Crayon Portraits

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Crayon Portraits

We use the term "Crayon Portraits" for a particular type of early enlarged photograph, probably made with a solar enlarger, printed on paper and embellished with charcoal of crayon. There are many kinds of embellished photographs in the collection - everything from tinted tintypes to color postcards with people added to the scenes. It is common to find pencil marks on photographs to "improve" them (and also common to find the fingerprints of early photographers like Henry Rand who made their own prints(, but the term Crayon Portrait used here refers to one specific kind of print.


“Crayon Portraits,” Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive, accessed December 14, 2018, 3010