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Greasy ink was rolled out onto the plate, and did not adhere to those areas which soaked up the most water.

Their postcards were not numbered and their name appears within the stamp box on their early cards.

When the divided back postcard was authorized, the Albertype company created a line down the back of their cards with the words Post Cards of Quality and later with The Finest American Made View Post Cards.

Towards the end of the nineteenth and in the early twentieth century, improvements in mechanical presses and a switch to the rotary collotype, a high-speed process using an aluminum plate, meant that up to five thousand collotype prints could be produced daily.

Color was added to the collotype process by Albert in 1876.

In the late nineteenth century, photographic and photomechanical reproduction were becoming increasingly popular for commercial use.

The collotype, one of the most commercially successful photomechanical processes, was introduced in 1855 by the French photographer and chemical engineer Alphonse-Louis Poitevin.

Collotypes were known by numerous names, including "phototype," and "albertype," the name given by Joseph Albert.

They first started printing books and then pioneer cards by 1893 going on to become a major publisher of national view-cards.

Poitevin discovered that a bichromated gelatin-covered plate could be used to produce prints after being exposed to light through a negative. First, a plate was rendered light-sensitive by coating it with warm potassium or ammonium bichromated gelatin and heating it at a steady temperature in an oven until dry.

After nearly two and a half hours, a negative was placed between the plate and a light source, exposing the gelatin layer to ultraviolet light, and hardening the exposed areas.

Many publishers large and small printed cards though the Albertype Co.

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