Dating old tintypes

This paper reviews the fascinating history of tintypes, and describes how to identify them.The author also dispels some persistent myths about this "humble" process and describes its circumstance in western Canada. Le ferrotype est une forme de photographie omniprésente qui a en grande partie permis d'enregistrer pour la postérité l'histoire des gens ordinaires. Most likely, but if not, the photograph was obviously treasured to have been kept throughout the years. How did the photograph(s) come into your possession? You may miss valuable information including the identity of the photograph’s individuals.

dating old tintypes-6

Le procédé, qui a vu le jour vers le milieu des années 1850, est encore utilisé à l'occasion aujourd'hui.Ces images sur emulsion de collodion et, plus tard, de gélatine, réalisées au moyen de minces tôles de fer noircies, étaient couramment envoyées par la poste aux amis de cœur ou à la famille.Dating from 1882 to 1915, these tintypes give us an extraordinary glimpse into the fashions of the time – fine clothes, elaborate hats and precious ornaments.Most importantly, though, they represent an extraordinary record about the demographic composition of the small coastal village in the Suffolk County as well as the diversity of the Sag Harbor community and the Eastville enclave.Unlike paper photographs, however, these three types did not fade.

It took many years to recognize and control impurities in paper and gelatin, and in processing chemicals.

Characteristics of the photograph itself provide clues to its age.

Could the photograph(s) be of her sisters, parents, or cousins? You may not have much oral history in your family or a large extended family to ask. You can still have options for determining the date or age of a photograph.

When cased, tintypes resemble ambrotypes on cursory inspection.

The normally rather obvious differences in the three types are often obscured by deterioration and by original process variations.

The tintype is one of the ubiquitous forms of photography which has for the most part recorded the existence of the common person.