I purchased a "vintage 8 x 10 film negative" of Shirley Temple on eBay supposedly from someones collection. I had assumed that by film negative it must be the actual film used in the camera to take the original photo. Therefore it would be a unique, one of a kind item. But as soon as I made the purchase, the seller listed the exact same item again. I'm no photographer. Is there a valid reason a photographer in the 1940's would have multiple copies of the same negative? Or is this seller making copies and scamming people?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not really sure that this question is a good fit for here. The only "photographic" element here is the fact that the item you bought from eBay was a negative. But I'm not sure what a better forum would be, especially if the fundamental question is establishing provenance of something. \$\endgroup\$
    – Peter M
    Sep 9, 2023 at 14:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ Google found about 10 hits for "vintage 8 x 10 film negative Shirley Temple" all on eBay. All the ones I looked at actually showed a positive image - & very clean. All in the $10 - 15 range, which wouldn't even buy you a new unexposed 8x10 negative these days. If it quacks like a duck…. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 9, 2023 at 14:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ the seller's watermark on the negative sample is inverted from the photo positive sample, therefore, it seems highly likely that they simply inverted the photo, at least for the listing, if not for the actual transparency they're selling (a hunch). \$\endgroup\$
    – dandavis
    Sep 14, 2023 at 22:47

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"Vintage film negative" isn't the same as "Original vintage film negative". It is possible to duplicate negative film, see here for some techniques.

However, the result you get is probably not on a film of vintage manufacture, and you can perhaps use that as a reason to claim a refund.


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