Man with eye injury and his friend. Tintype. Private Collection.
This unfortunate gent with the injured eye had to wear a bandage wrapped around the head for his portrait picture. He looks so down. Was he in pain and worried he’d lost an eye for good? Let’s hope he fully recovered, otherwise he was going to have to get used to it and looking at his expression he wasn’t in the least thrilled.
His friend is wearing a lucky horseshoe tie stack…I wonder if he was with the other man when the accident happened. They have boutonnieres too, one has it on the coat lapel and the other on the cravat. But if they attended an event that day, this poor lad doesn’t look like he was in the best mood to be social.
Today is not my day…pout.
Also, the backdrop design looks Arabic with a tall waterfall in the background. The right panel looks like a completely separate design, the painted window looking more American with the bottom panel supposed to slide up.
“I’m just going to pretend she’s not here.” 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.
In fact, posing like this I’m sure these two had the best of relationships. They weren’t going to pose like all the others; too boring! I think this is a small horse whip she’s teasingly tickling him with from behind the tree, or is it an arrow? But what is he reading, a love letter? For his own sake it better be hers!
How would you caption this one?
A particularly flashy smile on a tintype. Private Collection.
These two dapper gents in their 30s are posing in front of a cloudy and hilly backdrop all smile! The people with them must have said something really funny for them to look this entertained! This tintype seems late period, maybe around 1910. Their popularity dropped in the first decade of the 1900s, but they were still fairly common with travelling photographers until the 20s.
The glare is from a small bend in the middle reflecting the scanner light. Unfortunately many tintypes have such bends through decades of handling.
1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.
Were they? The more mature gentleman has on his right hand (reversed) a round stone ring on display, and his striped pair of pants! They remind me of circus ringmasters. The photographer added gold tones to the younger gent’s triple chain.
They’re both resting their elbows on the small table between them; a pose at professional distance, and they do not look related to me. Business partners or student and mentor? We will never know for sure, but they looked respectable.
Young man with book. Tintype. Private Collection.
This bright eyed assured young man is posing with a book in hands. He made sure the title shows, unfortunately it is unreadable! The book looks to be too thin to be a bible. I think he was a student or perhaps even, an author? I believe this tintype is from around the 1870s-80s. I got this one for a little above a measly dollar, a great find!
Two on a bench. Private Collection.
If you’re smiling on a tintype, you’re halfway to joining my collection. This is a set of late period ones, I’d say 1910s-1920, of very relaxed and smiling friends posing together on a bench. The two on the first are also on the second, accompanied by their two other friends. The gent to the right on the first is smiling so wide on both, he really got into it!
Two on a bench.
Four on another bench.
Trio in top hats. 1/6th plate tintype. Private Collection.
This tintype is reddish tinted, and all three gents are wearing top hats. A fine trio, the dandy in the back posing with his hands on the shoulders of the two in the front, and with a leg tucked in between them.
The backdrop is worth noting. Nature themed it was tastefully done, conveying more the idea of trees than figuratively so.
The previous owner of this tintype shared with me that he had it in his collection since 1981. And on it passes through hands.