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What is the file format of the images?

Images are JPG files saved at the highest quality setting in Adobe Photoshop.

How is my order delivered and when may I expect it?

Choose whether you want them emailed or shipped on a DVD during checkout.
Emailed images are usually sent within 24 hours. Make sure your email address has sufficient storage (most do these days, for example Gmail accounts have 7gb). The approximate size of the image files is indicated in the image description.
If you prefer to have the images mailed to you on a DVD please select that option on the shipping page during checkout. There you can see shipping options, charges and estimated delivery times.

How does the pricing work?

Our pricing is very affordable and simply based on the number of pixels in the image. The price for the smallest sized image is shown. You may select larger size options for which price adjustments are shown.

What does royalty free mean?

When you buy a royalty free image from us, we place no restrictions on its use. You do not need to pay any additional fees to us.

What is the option of background whitening?

The background color is the same as the color of the vintage picture it was derived from. If you prefer, we can change this to a white background. There is a small cost, as we need to edit the image in Photoshop, carefully tracing the outline of the main image and then whiten only the background.

Is your payment process secure?

Yes, you pay for your order using credit or charge cards via Paypal which is the largest payment processor in world.

How are your images made?

We have collected vintage prints for over 20 years. These were made in the period 1600-1900 and are thus no longer in copyright. With a gut feeling that one day we might be able to use digital images of them, we hand coloured many of them then made highly detailed scans using professional equipment. Over time, we built an enormous inventory of images. We digitally remastered them to remove major signs of aging such as fading.
If you prefer to buy original antique prints please click here to visit our other web site

How were the vintage prints originally made?

The most common ones printing styles were:
Engraving is the oldest form of printing. The basic process was to engrave the image on a printing plate, apply ink, wipe so ink remains in the engraved lines, then press it onto paper to produce a print. The artist engraved with a tool called a burin. The plate was usually made of wood, copper or steel. Engraved images have sharp lines so digital images can be enlarged quite successfully.
Etching is similar to engraving but used acid to make marks in metal printing plates. Compared to engraving, etching allowed the artist to draw quickly and freely giving a sketchier feel.
Lithographs were printed from limestone blocks. They have characteristic tiny speckles you can see under a magnifying glass as the printing surface is limestone. Antique lithographs usually have a soft, natural appearance compared to engravings. It was popular from about 1820-1890.
Photogravure printing was invented in 1879. The image was transferred photographically to a metal plate, etched on the plate then printed from it. Under a powerful magnifying glass, you may see a characteristic honeycomb pattern. Good reproductions may be made but it is best not to enlarge these too much in case the pattern becomes visible.

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