Chicago As It Was, and As It Is Unknown

This book remains one of the few so far discovered to have been produced by the Actinic Company using Moss’s method. These are some of the earliest photo-engravings done in the United States. Moss Process… Profusely illustrated with engravings from photographs taken on the spot.

Moss Process… First a piece of artwork was copied photographically. A large photographic print was then made over which an artist would draw a line copy in India ink. The photographic image would then be bleached out and from the resulting line art a reduced high-contrast photographic copy would be made to produce the printing plate. Hanson Collection catalog, p. 43

Reproduced / Exhibited

David A. Hanson Collection of the History of Photomechanical Reproduction