Occupational tintype ca 1880’s. Private Collection.
This teen is posing with a CDV size piece of paper in his hand. He’s also sitting on what looks to be a hanging dark oil cloth. He’s resting his arm on some sort of machine behind him. A Difference Machine as was suggested by another collector? I’m not sure but this looks to me like it is photography or plate printing related. The seller thought it was a voting machine. A person suggested it is a balustrade, but I digress…I welcome opinions. What is it?
1/6th plate tintype. c. 1880’s. Private Collection.
A close-up portrait of two collarless gents smoking cigars. The one on the right looks like he shouldn’t be messed with! By comparison, his friend looks much more approachable. And Mr. Tough has his hand on his friend’s shoulder, a protective and dominant gesture? He comes off as the leader of the two.
They didn’t bother to change into better garbs either, a rip is prominent on the pants. Once again, what their lives were like is mystery, yet one can’t help but wonder.
1880s-90s 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.
Together we laughed, we cried, we played. We danced! And we drank, much more than you. We knew all the fine people too.
We tasted joys and pains, early springs and rains. We mourned lost lives, so fragile, more often than you.
Our time did come to an end. We are gone now, that’s true. Of all we felt remains a plated memory once in these hands, for you.
Ah, but what a fine time we had, what a fine time. We made it through! Say, will we meet again, at the call of a baby’s coo?
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Close up of tintype. Four wearing ribbons and medals. Private collection.
These four are definitely Americans wearing ribbons on the chest. One has the two crossed flags with an eagle at the bottom. The other ribbon reads I was sober when I came. :) Two of these gentlemen also wear a medal next to the ribbons. I think this was an electoral or semi formal military event, and the three in light clothes are wearing military uniforms with the black tie tucked in. One’s wearing a fancy black ribbon bowtie I’ve also seen worn with uniforms but seems to have been less common. They’re all wearing the same hat too.
The gent to the back right chose to wear a civilian suit with pins on the lapel, but he looks to have a uniform shirt and tie on under the coat. Maybe this event wasn’t formal enough to require a strict dress code. Interesting too that one of them is wearing a double buckle belt (maybe only interesting to me but worth mentioning…)
The chinese parasol made me laugh; it adds a soft, even humorous touch to this group portrait.
I think this was taken in the 1900s. Finding out what event the ribbon with the flags was for would help date this picture more accurately.
Tintype in mat with flap.
1/6th plate tintype. 1880s-90s teen with bowler in hand. Private Collection.
A mid-teens sitter with his bowler in hand.