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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″.

Two Drinking Friends



Two friends posing together toasting to a beer. This tintype is available on eBay. A great tintype for any collector.

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Looking Up

Artistic tintype. Private Collection.

Artistic portrait. 1/6th plate Tintype. Private Collection.

Around the 1880s some tintype photographers became more artistic with poses, and the backgrounds could be busy with many artifacts like tree branches made to look like trees or fences, etc…and in this case, reed.

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.

A very handsome couple

Beautiful couple. Personal Collection.

Beautiful couple. Private Collection.

The whole tintype. Personal Collection

My first tintype. This couple blows my mind they are so beautiful together. And her hat! Who were they? Where was this taken? He seems self-assured, she looks a bit weary. Long day at the fair?

Photographer: unknown

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