This haunting image of the Capillerator (a hair-growing machine) is an ambrotype, an image on glass made using a technique from the 1850s. Mark Osterman writes:
"I am now the process historian for the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography. I research and teach photo conservators how the early photographic processes were done. Last year I made daguerreotypes from the newly discovered Daguerre's original apartment in Paris. Much of what I do now is not so different than the medicine show old pitch. I'm making albumen paper today with an intern from Hungary."
Contact Mark Osterman (aka Dr. B. Barabus Bumstead).