Miscroscopy in prints authentication

A microscope is often used by an authentication expert to date the kind of printing used to make both photographs and ink-and-printing-press prints. Modern reprints and counterfeits are often identified because the microscope shows the printing is too modern. An 1870 print couldn't have been made with a printing technology invented in 1985. For an … Continue reading Miscroscopy in prints authentication

A common misperception about limited edition prints

Some prints, photographs and other types of art and collectibles are limited edition numbered: say, 1/50 (1 of 50 made), 2/50, 3/50 .... 50/50. Some collectors feel that the first print or photograph or figurine 'off the presses,' is the most valuable, and, as one might expect, pick one that is numbered 1/50. The thing … Continue reading A common misperception about limited edition prints

The difference between a fake and a forgery

A forgery is an item that was made to fool others into believing it is something it is not. This includes counterfeits, but also made up items like a ‘newly discovered’ Rembrandt painting.On the other hand, a fake is an item that is seriously misidentified or who's identity is seriously misrepresented. This includes forgeries and … Continue reading The difference between a fake and a forgery

Using a black light to identify many fakes

An inexpensive and easy to use longwave black light is a great tool for quickly identifying reprints and fakes of Pre World War II paper material. This includes trading cards, photographs, programs, posters, postcards, tickets and anything made of paper. A black light is effective in identifying of many, though not all, modern paper stocks. … Continue reading Using a black light to identify many fakes

Lab experiment becomes art

Massachusetts Institute of Technology electrical engineering professor Harold Edgerton became world famous for his invention of the strobe light and stroboscopic photography, the latter a form of ultra high speed photography using strobe lights. Edgerton was studying turbine engines in his 1930s Cambridge Massachusetts lab and wanted stop-action images of the engine in motion. However, camera … Continue reading Lab experiment becomes art