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Not quite sure where to post this, so if it is in the incorrect section my apologies and don't hesitate to move it.
I have done a search of the Forum and have not found the answer to my question. However, I acknowledge that I may well have done a 'mans look', so if there has indeed already been a discussion, please don't hesitate to post a link.
I'm attempting to come to grips with the intricacies of photographs - or to be more precise the apparent meaning of when is a photo, not a photo? I'm not talking about modern copies on fake paper.
I understand the concepts of RPPC and period photos printed during a particular time frame (let's say for arguments sake, 1914-18), but I am having difficulty with photographic prints.
I have seen one seller on eBay state that the items they have for sale are from the Real Photograph Co. Ltd that went out of business in the 60's. I believe that their negatives were sold to at least a couple of different individuals - one being a John Callis who picked up their railway and maritime inventory. I also believe (but not certain) that they also sold a number of their developed photos to several individuals and these bear the Real Photograph Co. Ltd stamp on the reverse. Unfortunately after a rather fruitless search of this interweb thingy, I am unable to find any further information concerning this company's history - including their date of existence - despite looking for the name, bankrupt companies and even out of business companies. The only other information I have is that they were initially based in Kent and then Lancashire. The photo below certainly seems (IMHO) like a print that is post-1918, but not during WW1. (I have a feeling it's going to be so small to be totally useless - sorry).
I have also seen another site stating the items that they are offering are photographically produced prints, but not World War 1 vintage original photographs.
I assume - and this may be entirely incorrect - that this means that a photographer has obtained the negatives and printed them at a later time - in this case, the 60's and early 70's. The website actually take great pains in bringing this information to the buyer's attention.
Now, after that rather long diatribe and I hope that I've made sense, I come to my question(s).
In these cases, does the fact that the items were not produced until after the War, does it lesson the desirability of the photos from the collecting point of view?
I can certainly see the argument that in both instances, the photos could have been mass produced. But then again, I would have thought that this potential would be the same for all photographs not solely done by individual soldiers / airmen / naval personnel - and even then they could still do so.
Then there is also the question - if a photo was taken by an individual soldier in 1942, but it wasn't developed until 1952 for whatever reason, does this mean it is not a period item?
Your assistance and indeed any comments would be appreciated.
[Edit: Yep - the attached photo is far too small and I can't seem to enlarge it - again sorry]