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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to the negatives?

We do not own the negatives, they are always returned to the newspaper archives where they will be kept and stored for the years to come. In some occasions, the newspaper archives do not own the negatives.

Scanning the negatives, or trying to reproduce the pictures from them, is very time consuming and expensive. Notice that the negatives do not come with attached historic information. The majority of our pictures have original stamps and notes on the back which certify the origin and date. We deal with the one and only original picture produced years ago from the negatives.

Can I get a digital version instead?

We only sell original historical vintage prints and therefore we do not distribute or sell the digital version to individuals.

Do the photos come with any copyrights or usage rights?

Copyrights are retained by the newspaper archives or the photographic agencies, therefore, each picture does not come with copyrights or usage rights. You may use the prints as collectibles and follow the Copyright laws in action. If you would like to know who owns the copyright of the pictures you purchased, you can write to us at info@imsvintagephotos.com, and we will help you locate the copyright owner.

Where did the photographs come from?

We partner with newspaper archives around the world and due to our agreements with them, we do not disclose their identity. On some occasions, the archives might grant us to reveal their identity and therefore we make this information available to the public.

What is the condition of the photo I will receive? Will it have marks?

These are original photos, therefore, any mark or sign that was on the picture will be on your item once you receive it. Some pictures present marks and signs due to their origin: editors used these photographs in the real news articles. Each individual mark makes the picture even more valuable as it attests to the historical value of the print.

Who can I contact you directly?

You can write us an email at info@imsvintagephotos.com or contact us through Facebook

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