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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.

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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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