Dating old tintypes

Tintypes were placed in a sealed paper holder, which today aides much in date identification.To identify a tin from a dag can be difficult if it is presented in the dag/ambrotype cases.Carnival Period: 1875-1930 - Itinerant photographers frequently brought the tintype to public gatherings.New portable equipment, of size and weight that could easily be carried on a wagon, included skylight-paneled tents, rolldown backdrops and cases for supplies sufficient for a week or more at a fair or Carnival.For some reason many tintypes were removed from their paper holders, allowing for abrasions and other damage.

Gem portraits were commonly, stored in special albums with provision for a single portrait per page. Some Gems were cut to fit lockets, cufflinks, tiepins, rings and even garter clasps.

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A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion.

Dating clues include, advertising and promo labels of the galleries in which they were made, tax revenue stamps, mount styles and mounting embellishments.

1860-1940 OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: Tintypes made photography available to everyone.

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