Man Develops 120-Year-Old Photos Of Cats Discovered Inside A Time Capsule

Published 4 years ago

Mathieu Stern, a French photographer and YouTuber, recently found something interesting inside the basement of his old family home – a time capsule from the year 1900. Inside the hundred-year capsule, he found two sealed glass plate negatives and did what any curious photographer would do – he decided to develop them. The man even shot a video detailing the lengthy process of developing the photos – check it out below!

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Photographer Mathieu Stern recently found a time capsule inside his old family home and discovered two glass plate negatives inside

The man estimates that the time capsule is most likely over 100 years old

After his last YouTube video, a family member told him that there could be a time capsule hidden in their old family home. And lo-and-behold – there actually was!

There were all sorts of little trinkets inside but it was the two glass negatives that caught the photographer’s eye

He used the cyanotype process to develop the negatives

“After investigation, I found a box dating from around 1900 judging by the objects and the technique of the photos found inside,” said the man in his latest video. “So I decided to develop the images using the Cyanotype Process.”

First, Mathieu covered a piece of paper with cyanotype solution

Then the man secured the glass negative on the paper covered with cyanotype solution in a wooden frame

The framed setup was placed under a UV light and developed for about half an hour

Then the photo paper was soaked in water and finished off with hydrogen peroxide

And voilà! – a 120-year-old cat photo right before your eyes

Mathieu later colored the photo using Photoshop

Image source: Instagram

He repeated the process for the second negative

And produced another cat photo!

This time it revealed one more kitten along with an adorable puppy

People loved these vintage cat photos

Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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