From a personal archive of original NASA film, our upcoming series of modern-era glass lantern slides are believed to be the very first documented true photographic prints of the Earth produced via the antique, glass dry plate method.
From the original snapshot taken on 70mm film in space circa. 1972, to this circa. 2020 glass dry plate, all iterations of the image are true darkroom photographs. No scanning or otherwise digitization was employed at any stage.
This photographic print of the Earth has never touched a computer. Thus it is truly a product of the natural order (ie. light and chemistry).
The particular plate shown here was produced from the original, vintage NASA 4x5" Kodak color transparency film. Being that the source film was a positive image, an internegative needed to be created in order for additional positive prints to be produced. The internegative was made via the contact print method on black and white sheet film and the b/w negative was then used to contact print the glass plate positive.
This picture shows the original, untouched glass slide (3-1/4 x 4) on a light table with no cover plate. Finished glass lantern slides with glass cover plates, paper mats/labels and taped-sealed edges will be available to order sometime in the near future.
Official photo description and specs from NASA:
Serial Number: AS16-118-18885
Transparency film code: 72-HC-660
Photograph Date: 1972-04-16
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +35.,110.
Original Film: Kodak 70mm Ektachrome Reversal
Film type: SO-368
Camera: 70mm Hasselblad
"Apollo 16 view of the Earth taken with a hand-held Hasselblad camera about an hour and a half after translunar injection on 16 April, 1972. Most of the United States is visible at right center, including Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and Florida. Mexico and part of Central America are also visible. The slightly different shade of blue below Florida is the Bahama Banks. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter and north is at roughly 1:00."
Original NASA information sheet that accompanied the 4x5 Kodak transparency film
Original NASA price schedule and order form
Official USPS date-stamped 07-21-20 cancellation
(first working day after the earliest three successful test plates were received from the studio)
NOTE: Dust particles, flaws and inconsistencies in the emulsion density, etc. are a natural part of the antique dry plate product.