It does look like they went in to artistically enhance it. I don't know if the photos turned out to faint that they thought they needed to help them out or if the were trying to make it look hand painted. My two older brothers had graduation pictures that were hand tinted then and it looked strange also.
I've never seen any photos done exactly like this. I've seen color enhancement but this is more like pencil enhancement to outline.
Unusual. I am not familiar with this type of photo. Wonder how old they are. His clothing suggests late 1800's. They sure look stern.
I have some copies of similar pictures of my great-great grandparents done sometime between 1855 and 1883, most likely around 1870. Someone once told me they thought it was more of a 'painted portrait.' I wonder if they had some sort of primitive camera that captured a rudimentary image, which was then 'doctored up.' ~Abra
These are indeed very strange........
Having seen some photos of the same vintage that are very light, my guess is that the pictures didn't turn out very detailed and an artist when in to retouch them, make the features more defined. I have a photo of a gorgeous woman who wore a light colored dress, had blond hair, and was against a light colored backdrop, then the photo CDV was put onto a white card. Poor thing looks like a wraith.
It could be a Calotype. I have never seen one, but they were made with paper negatives. They were never popular in the U.S. but that isn't to say you wouldn't find it here.
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