I think it would be interesting if someone would write a history of great photographic enlarging papers, but I’m going to have to leave it to someone older and wiser than myself. All I plan to do here is relate my own experiences. My first flirtation with darkroom work was in 1971 when I got a job enlarging microfilm of seismographic records. We made our prints on long rolls of some Kodak paper--I have no idea what it was--and developed them in four -foot troughs.
I was recently given quiet a large amount of photo enlarging paper. Some of it looks to be rather old - maybe 20 years. Some of it is newer. What are the chances that it is any good? From what I could tell, it was not refrigerated.
Adorama Variable Grade, Black and White Resin Coated Photo Enlarging Paper, 8x10", 100 Sheets, Pearl Surface. by Adorama. $39.95. Adorama VGRC is a high speed, variable contrast, black and white enlarging paper with a medium weight, polyethylene coated base. The paper base is 190 g/m2 coated on both sides with 40 g/m2 of polyethylene giving a base weight of approximately 270 g/m2 and a thickness of approximately 245 microns. The silver halide emulsion has a silver conte...