Book Description: Michael & Susan Ivankovich This book will take you through the earliest years of hand-painted pictures, into the golden age of hand-painted photography, 1900 - 1940. Throughout this 40-year period there were more hand-painted pictures sold than in all the rest of history combined. Although Wallace Nutting was the most famous and bestselling photographer of this time, this book takes you beyond Nutting, into the world of E. G. Barnhill, J. Carleton Bicknell, Royal Carlock, David Davidson, Norman Edson, H. Marshall Gardiner, Gibson, William James Harris, F. Jay Haynes, Charles Higgins, Edmond Royce, Charles Sawyer, Fred Thompson, Stephen Willard, and nearly 200 other photographers in this rapidly expanding field. It will explain the intricacies of the photographic hand-painting process, provide an in-depth understanding of grading and condition, and will clearly explain an easy-to-use, five-point grading system to help you differentiate among 'good,' 'better,' and 'best' photographs. The book also provides a complete overview of the importance of regionality including New England, Florida, the western United States, Canada, and other high areas of collecting. Finally, preservation and conservation techniques are shared by author Michael Ivankovich, one of the country's leading authorities.