I-24834 | Lovell's group of children skating in costume, Montreal, QC, 1867

 
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Lovell's group of children skating in costume, Montreal, QC, 1867
William Notman (1826-1891)
1867, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-24834
© McCord Museum
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Sometimes a simple backdrop could suggest the outdoors, but with the addition of Notman's patented ice rink, this scene is quite believable. The rink was a sheet of zinc laid on the floor. It reflected light in a way that made it look very much like real ice, and skates left cut marks in it just as they would in real ice. With the addition of a winter backdrop, a tree or two and some false snow, the outside could come indoors. Another advantage of zinc was that it did not melt on the studio floor!

Source : In the Eye of the Camera [Web tour], by Nora Hague, McCord Museum (see Links)