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Christmas Shoppers in New York

Christmas Shoppers in New York

Christmas shoppers in New York City. Photo from the Bain News Service collection, between 1910 and 1915. View full size.


More on retouching

Of course, looking closer (I am new to thinking about old photos being altered) I can see the odd-looking highlights. So, what I think is a muff, probably is--which is also a bit odd because it's so large!


Interesting, I assumed when I first looked at the photo, that the woman on the left was carrying a ladies muff in her left hand. Are you thinking that is a package or box that was been retouched?

[The packages and hat, as well as the coats (the lapels of the lady on the left, for example) have been retouched to make them stand out. - Dave]


You wouldn't want to inadvertently publicize a store that didn't pay for advertising!

Deft brushwork

What bizarre retouching! I wonder what was originally in the box that was blanked-over.

[Not uncommon for newspaper photographs of that era. - Dave]

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