Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
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19th century blueprints

The blueprint process was developed in the 1840s, with the modern black and white process introduced in the 1940s, I think.

I need to know roughly how the original process worked as originally done - I know the chemical principle, what I don't seem to be able to find is a description of how it was actually done. I'm assuming that the plan was clipped over a sheet of sensitised paper and left under a lamp for some time, but beyond that I'm pretty vague on the practicalities. Did they press it under glass? How was it illuminated? Etc. etc.

What I need is the relevant bit of something like a 19th century draughtsman's textbook, or similar. Don't need a huge amount of detail, something like "pressed under glass with a lime-light gas light illuminating the plan" will suffice.

Anyone know?
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