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20 Photos Shopped Before There Was Photoshop [Pic]

In the early 1800s and even through to the 1900s, if you wanted to alter your photo to create an illusion it was an incredibly labor intensive process. There was combination printing, photomontages and even overpainting. They all took lots of time and all had significant drawbacks.

These photos were created during an era where they genuinely had to be measured and consider how you were adapting the film negative itself. There was no magical undo button, just lots of trial and error, and still yet, its amazing what a little “magic” can do isn”t it?


Fantastic photo manipulations performed before the golden age of photoshop. Believe nothing you see!

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Date: 08/29/13 07:49 PM

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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8033 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    Link: 20 Photos Shopped Before There Was Photoshop - Fantastic photo manipulations performed before the golden age of photoshop. Believe nothing you see!
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    skypirate Male 18-29
    2347 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm
    still more than i could do WITH photoshop
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    Sashiko Female 18-29
    20 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    Pretty cool..but I think #3 where the subjects moving before fullexposure since it`s very similar to one in my family, as well as one I messed up in Gettysburg, one of the only old style photo shops left
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11742 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    The fourth one up from the bottom looks like Robin Williams. He must be a vampire like Nick Cage!!
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    It`s always interesting to see people with imagination working in a young medium, like early special-effects in photography/movies, or Les Paul`s early multi-tracking work, etc. There`s a real sense of play to the early efforts. That`s a component of the challenge.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
    2424 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm
    SHOOPED!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    This was all done in an actual photo shop.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36208 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I don`t understand the 1st photo.
    Was his landing cushion shopped out?
    Is he shopped in?
    How do we know it`s shopped at all? Maybe he landed on his feet?

    I`m easily confused.
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    Johanvb Male 40-49
    496 posts
    August 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm
    I was told that the top of the empire state building was build for docking airships. So seeing this photo i thought this must have been a real one and not an altered photo.
    Checking my facts i came upon this article.
    Guess IAB has learned me something today.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7707 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 3:38 am
    And another...
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 4:30 am
    @ Kitteh: I`m enjoying all this content you`ve been creating of late, Kitteh. I just hope we don`t lose you to another website that shows you the money. =O.O=
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4746 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 5:45 am
    I used to have a darkroom set up in my basement. Messing around with this stuff really gives you a feel for just how easy it is to do but how hard it is make look good.
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    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 6:39 am
    Then again, Gerry, maybe he landed on his face.

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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13602 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    Since the dawn of man - there as always been pranksters n pirates!
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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8033 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Squrlz4Sale you don`t know how close you are to the truth. Weirdly, strangely close.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    August 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    @ Kitteh: I know, baby, I know. Squirrels are natural psychics. I`m torn because I wish you good things but I don`t want you to go. People around here don`t know how good they have it. ~hugs Kitteh`s ankle~

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