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This article seems to have been substantially copied and pasted, presumably from one or more of the sources cited. How about some fresh work on this from someone who knows the subject? Pinkville 13:52, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

It is copied and pasted from a training book for apprentices I wrote about ten or twelve years back and should be worked on. I'll contribute but really don't have the time to do it all Alf photoman 14:24, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

It would also be helpful to cite the actual book from which the material was copied. SteveHopson 15:00, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

--oops, I'd better revert my "plagiarism" massive-delete then. -- (talk) 17:11, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


I have a mental image of paper being too silly to use. Perhaps "sensitive" would be better? Wildfire1961 12:56, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

  • I agree with you, at the time I was reading older books and they all talk about "sensible" so I guess the word stuck with me Alf photoman 14:19, 1 December 2006 (UTC)Alf photoman 14:20, 1 December 2006 (UTC)


The insertion of a statement that the calotype was first briefly called talbotype led me to look for sources about that. The resulting finds did not bear out the statement. See this statement by David Brewster for example, or this Talbot bio. I think the talbotype idea came and went gradually, and the calotype term never went out of use. But books with calotype are only about 50% more common that those with talbotype. Dicklyon 05:55, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Talbot's own statements: in his 1847 US patent #5,171, currently included in this article's list of references, he refers to "...Photographic which I have given the name of 'Calotype' or 'Talbotype' pictures, which terms must be understood as having the same import—as in the present specification I employ the latter one..."; "...paper...which I call 'Talbotype' paper..."; "...the talbotype process..."; and "...talbotype negative pictures..." (inconsistent capitalization sic). AVarchaeologist (talk) 04:53, 14 January 2012 (UTC)