Mauro Baudino & Gerben van Vlimmeren - All rights reserved.
Glass plates archiveOne of the most astonishing parts of the archive is for sure the glass plates collection. The Mauser Company kept a glass plate’s archive until the end of the Second World War. It certainly has been a long journey from the first successful attempts at primitive photography to the present. Long before mega pixel digital cameras, the state-of-the-art was the glass plate negative. The first photographic processes have been discovered between 1826 and 1839.Mauser started using this “new” technology to keep trace of his production.The glass plates can be related to weapons, documents, production phases... They could be positive or negative.They represent a fascinating source of information providing data about prototypes, first productions, contractual samples, production phases...The first photoof the sequence shows a glass plate in his original envelope; the plates can have different sizes. The second photoshows the first analysis performed simply looking at the plate against the light. The third photoshows the negative scanned using a professional scan. The fourth photo the positive, note the superb resolution... the others photos are related to rare C96 variations. Click the photo to visit the C96 production factory