During the 1880s and into the 1890s, some steel engravers adopted a "soft" style of engraving at times.
This style lent almost a watercolor feeling to images, rather than the traditional hard-edged, crisp look
of conventional steel engraving. Most were some combination of graver work, hand-etching
and photo-etching. The firm of John A. Lowell in Boston produced quite a few such items.
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