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Up to this stage, photos were generally one-offs, there was no negative and multiple copies were impracticable.

Any copies required had to be photographed from the original – often with a distinct loss of quality.

Nobody, apparently, knows who the women in this Victorian picture were.

Of course, some have argued that they were just respectable Victorian matrons playing dress-up for some reason.

The collodion process is said to have been invented in 1851, almost simultaneously, by Frederick Scott Archer and Gustave Le Gray.

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