|Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, J0010313|
In addition to writing on the negatives, he also liked to try his hand at photo-manipulation, a popular photography application that had been in practice since the 1860s. You can see from the following sets of photos, some attempts were more successful than others. The first set is from a photo taken on one of the Juley family trips out west. I think he’s done a pretty good job of “ photo-shopping” a bit of snow into the foreground. Long before there were digital images, photographers would often use techniques such as ink or paint retouching, composite negatives, or double exposures to achieve the desired effect.
This second set may be a type of composite image. Along with the etching at the bottom of the negative, both the Juley's daughter and the family dog have been added to complete the family portrait:
This last photo doesn't appear to have been manipulated too much; perhaps some retouching done around the fireplace. Though, what really caught my eye was the book that the family is reading: Dr. Seuss’s, “Horton Hatches an Egg.” This is a great detail, and really adds to the coziness of the Juley's holiday photo.