Sheet film

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Sheet film, sometimes called cut film, was introduced as an alternative to glass plates because it was lighter and unbreakable. It was available in all the commonly used sizes (see plate sizes) and could be loaded into plate holders by using a film sheath. Some manufactures put a notch in one edge so you could load it into a dark slide correctly in the dark; when the notch was on the top right-hand side the emulsion was facing you. Eastman Kodak later coded their various emulsions by giving each a different shaped notch.