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The Velox "look?"

Chris Rini , Nov 17, 2004; 06:12 a.m.

Hello, Has anyone found a modern print paper that has the "look" that Velox had? I'm only 23 and way too young to remember the stuff firsthand, but I've seen many vintage snapshots taken on Velox and similar papers and wondered if there was anything around today that has that sort of "1940s developed at the drugstore" look. Sorry for my vague- ness. Thanks, Chris Rini


Graham Serretta , Nov 17, 2004; 08:51 a.m.

Chris - I think that a great deal of what you refer to as the Velox look was due to the negs being contact printed rather than enlarged. My grandparents ran a high-street photo studio and D&P lab in the late 1930s and I have some of the family prints, and yes, many on Velox paper. The tonal range had as much to do with the quality of the negs as with the paper.

Eric Rose , Nov 17, 2004; 11:56 a.m.

That and using a ferotype plate to get the glossy finish.

Rowland Mowrey , Nov 17, 2004; 12:40 p.m.


Along with the comments above, you might also consider the age factor in the appearance of an old Velox print.

Ron Mowrey

Mark Sampson , Nov 19, 2004; 03:14 p.m.

Kodak Azo is the last available contact paper- introduced in 1898, it is certainly the longest-produced photo material. Velox was a paper similar to Azo. See www.michaelandpaula.com for details.

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