Kodak Royal Bromesko WSL.2D fotopapier 100 vel 10,5x14,8cm
Introduced in 1962 (discontinued in the late 1970s) with Smooth Lustre and Fine Pearl surfaces with a choice of a white or ivory base in double weight only
Types of Royal Bromesko Paper from 1962.
White Fine Pearl, coded WFP; Ivory Fine Pearl, coded IFP; White Smooth Lustre, coded WSL; Ivory Smooth Lustre, coded ISL
These four paper were available in: Grade 1, Soft contrast, Grade 2, Normal contrast and Grade 3, Hard contrast in Double Weight base.
By way of a cvoding example: Ivory Fine Pearl, Normal, Double Weight, would be coded: IFP 2D.
Fine Pearl was a new surface in 1962. It had a matt surface with an extremely fine grain. Kodak recommended this surface as a good choice if much retouching had to be done to the print, as in portraits.
Ivory Smooth Lustre surface (ISL) was introduced in the late 1950s as a Bromesko paper. In 1959 it was for sale in mainly continental sizes.
By 1961 it was put up for sale in as many as 5 contrast grades, from Grade 1=Soft, to Grade 5=Ultra Hard, in certain sizes, along with a White Smooth Lustre paper, WSL. Smooth Lustre surface was free from any base texture and had a surface with slightly less shine than an unglazed glossy print. Fine detail reproduced very well.
Another surface listed under Bromesko paper in the early 1960s was White Fine Low Lustre. The author believes this surface was very similar or identical to Fine Pearl. Both surfaces are listed for sale in the Kodak Professional Catalogue for July 1964, Low Lustre as a Bromesko paper, Fine Pearl as a Royal Bromesko paper. A list of Kodak black and white printing papers dated October 1965, however, does not mention the Low Lustre paper.
Royal Bromesko surfaces added in 1965.
White Smooth Glossy, coded WSG; White Fine Lustre, coded WFL.
Available in Grade 1, Soft; Grade 2, Normal and Grade 3, Hard. White Smooth Glossy, was also available in Grade 4, Extra Hard.
All in Double Weight base only.
By way of a coding example: White Smooth Glossy, Extra Hard, Double Weight. Would be code: WSG 4D
By 1969 the Smooth Glossy and Fine Lustre surfaces had been discontinued along with the Ivory Smooth Lustre surface. A year or so later the Ivory Fine Pearl surface was no longer made leaving White Fine Pearl, WFP and White Smooth Lustre, WSL in Soft, Normal and Hard grades. Manufacture of Royal Bromesko paper was discontinued in the late 1970s.