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Posted 06/25/2016   10:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Crouse27 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This card is available on eBay and caught my eye. I would thing it is an early engraving. Great view and detail!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/36159042347...RK:MEBIDX:IT


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Posted 06/27/2016   02:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very pretty card! I followed your link and studied it closely. I think this one is actually a lithograph. There are no fine lines in the lightly shaded areas like the clouds.
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Posted 10/28/2019   6:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I managed to snag a couple more of these etched postcards. Nice Parisian scenes, probably from the 1920s.



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Posted 10/28/2019   6:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice cards GregAlex! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 09/02/2020   1:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is an etching postcard which is a little different from the others. The technique on all of the previous cards has been hard ground etching. With this kind of etching, the protective ground on the copper plate is a hard wax, or asphaltum material. The lines and dark areas of printing are precise, because the etching tool only removes the ground where the point of the tool meets the bare metal. During the actual plate etching process, the acid bath only removes these precise areas.

This postcard is a combination of soft ground and hard ground etching. It appears that the artist first did a soft ground etching, and then to darken the shadows on the left, and to add a few details, the plate was re-worked. It was covered with a hard ground, and that work was done.

The close up pic shows the carriage, pedestrians, and shading on the church in the middle as being soft ground etching, while the darker, more precise lines on the shadows of the left foreground are the work of hard ground etching.

Soft ground etching almost has the appearance of lithography, a planographic technique done on a limestone surface.

From oxfordreference.com, "(Soft ground is) a method of etching that produces prints characterized by softness of line, or grainy texture. The waxy ground used to coat the plate is softer and stickier than in normal etching, so that it adheres to anything pressed into it. Over this ground is laid a sheet of paper on which the artist draws with a pencil. Under the pressure of the pencil strokes, the ground sticks to the back of the paper, so that when it is lifted, the wax underneath the lines comes away with it, while the rest remains in place."



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Posted 02/18/2021   1:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I somehow missed this when it was posted last fall. Thanks for the etching explanation, Bob. I have seen that technique before -- now I know how it was done!
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