Tag Archives: 1/9th plate

Smiling impishly with a bandaged finger

Smiling impishly with a bandaged finger. Tintype. Private Collection.

Smiling impishly with a bandaged finger. 2″ x 3″ tintype. Private Collection.

When you injure yourself on the day of your photoshoot appointment! This charming gent has a very playful smile on his face. Under his tilted hat he’s posing with a bandaged finger prominently displayed. He could have easily hid it but chose not to.

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The ‘Street Tough’ who made it big

1/9th plate tintype. Private Collection.

1/9th plate tintype. Private Collection.

This one made me laugh out loud. Can you picture this tough looking fella doing shady business at the local saloon, or fighting at illegal gambling halls? This solid looking gent looks like he knew where to get ale on a pretty regular basis too, and with the baggy-eyed side glance with cigar in mouth and bowler on top? Mr, you’re a character!

Yes, he looks like he had no trouble making his voice heard!


Hello, Fauxhawk!

Mr. Faux Hawk tintype. Private Collection.

Mr. Fauxhawk tintype. Private Collection.

Well, look at Mr. Handsome here with the goatee and hair style a good hundred years ahead of its time!  He seems to have had the confident attitude to match his individual style. And the rose tinted cheeks soften up the whole look  some, don’t they?

Random wiki factoid: the fauxhawk is known in the Hoxton and Shoreditch districts of London as the “Hoxton fin”.


Joseph Keller of Memphis, TN

Tintype in frame. Personal Collection

1860s-1870s tintype in frame. Private Collection

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1/9th plate tintype in complete frame with back

Yours Truly, Jos Keller

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Three Quarter Portrait and a Bowler

Personal Collection

2″ x 1.5″ tintype. Private Collection

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Gem size three-quarter portrait tintype of a nice looking gentleman with a light-colored bowler (derby) and the sack suit buttoned at the collar to let the waistcoat (vest) peek through. It’s a bit dark on the scan so I lightened it up a bit for the blog. It does look fine when you look at it with your own eyes.

Gem tintypes were the cheapest to produce due to their tiny size, and naturally very popular from the 1860s to around1890. This one is between a 1/9th plate and the typical gem which is usually 1.5″ x 1.5″.


Victorian Man in Drag

1860s-1870s Man in drag. Personal Collection.

1870s-1880s Man in drag. Private Collection.

I got hold of this unique tintype by pure luck…Those are very rare as you can imagine. No bowler or high collar on this cross-dresser but a huge bowtie over a fur coat, a woman’s hat with side gemstones and a confident smile. An amazing find.


1850s Melainotype Gentleman

2" x 2.5". Personal Collection

2″ x 2.5″. Private Collection

I got this one for the copper frame it was in I intended to use for another. The scan of the seller made the subject blurry and I really didn’t know what I was going to get. It was a nice surprise to see the subject is worth keeping the frame for. I delicately took it out for the scan and promptly put it back in.

The inscription on top is the patent for the process: MELAINOTYPE PLATE FOR NEFFS. DAT 19 FEB (18)56.

The melainotype was the precursor of the tintype. It had a thicker plate.


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