from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An early type of photograph made by imaging a negative on glass backed by a dark surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an early type of photograph in which a glass negative appears positive when displayed on a black background
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A picture taken on a plate of prepared glass, in which the lights are represented in silver, and the shades are produced by a dark background visible through the unsilvered portions of the glass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In photography, a picture made by applying a dark backing to the face of a thin negative on glass.
Father suggested that we put a written notice in the business office, and that very afternoon Dr. Richards knocked at our door, saying the ambrotype was his.
Tell Miss Ella I was looking at her "ambrotype" last Sunday in church, my cousin admired it very much, indeed I am afraid he will fall in love with it which would certainly be quite unfortunate as she is engaged.
The process flourished less than two decades before "ambrotype," the next of many successively faster and cheaper photographic processes, began to replace it.
Your ambrotype stills keeps good, and as I gaze on it my heart is with you then again.
In November 1863 Phylinda Humiston heard of the story and recognized the details of the ambrotype.
Removing a small ambrotype from his pocket, he looked at the 3 children whom he would never see again and there died.
In January 1864 Dr. Bourns traveled to Porterville to return the ambrotype to Phylinda.
In order to accomplish this he had copies of the ambrotype made into the popularcartes de visite and had them distributed in the north.
This hand-colored ambrotype of Olivia Langdon was probably made in 1867.
Ada wished there were a way to capture what she was hearing in the way an ambrotype captures images, so it could be held in reserve for the benefit of a future whose residents might again need access to what it stood for.