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An early form of the collotype process used especially for reproducing photographs; usually attributive.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science and Art. From the name of Josef (also written Joseph) Albert, Bavarian photographer, who invented the process in 1868 + type, after German Albertotypie, the name of the process and Albertotyp, the picture produced by it (both 1868).
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