CyPix: Love in the Time of Glass Plate Negatives

This week is the celebration of Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, or Galentine’s Day, or red-heart-candy-on-sale day – however you choose to celebrate. I found a number of images in the Descartes Pascal collection of glass plate negatives  to inspire your Valentine activities.

For the ladies, a pouffy sleeve pairs well with a game of cards; it is too cold to attempt an outdoor game just yet, though.

Girls playing cards

Gentlemen, grab your high collars, hats, and handkerchiefs, and hit the town.

Two dandies

Another option: you, your special someone, and some giant fur gloves make three!

John Pascal's home yard

More information on Pascal and his materials in Special Collections is available here. If your curious about what a glass-plate negative is, an exhibit about the process and more examples are available online here. Even if you’re solo these days, give thanks for whatever photography equipment you have, because chances are it’s much more user-friendly than glass plates.