John Milleker Jr.: "The Wet Plate Collodion process was invented in the late 1840’s by Frederick Scott Archer and then introduced in the early 1850’s. Compared to the previous process, the Daguerreotype, wet plate was a much easier and safer process. You also couldn’t make prints or copies of Daguerreotypes like you could with an Ambrotype, which is Wet Plate Collodion on glass. It was widely used through the Civil War and up until about the 1880’s, and even then wet plate stuck around until the early 1900’s as a nostalgic process at vacation destinations. Sort of like our ‘Old Time Photos’ of today."
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