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Tintype Photograpy

Tintype prints, also known as ferrotypes in the United Kingdom, were popular in the 19th century for portraiture due to their low price and durability. Widely available from street vendors and studios, collectors would keep tintype portraits in small paper or metal mats.

Tintypes were made by exposing a wet silver salt-coated sheet of metal inside a camera to create a direct positive. The prepared metal plates were available commercially beginning in 1856. As the process did not require lengthy exposure or drying time, it was easy for vendors at carnivals or on the street to take a prepared plate, photograph their subjects, and hand the customer a varnished tintype in a matter of minutes.

Tintypes did not have the clarity of albumen prints, and gradually faded in popularity as... Read more

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March 24, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Lot of 2 Early Tin Types

March 24, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Adairsville, GA, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Delicately hand-tinted tintype of John Brown.

March 29, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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(PHOTOGRAPHY.) Portrait of a butler?

March 29, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$188 (starting bid)

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(RECONSTRUCTION.) Photograph of three Virginia freedwomen.

March 29, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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19th C. American Tintypes - Portraits (22)

April 5, 2018, 7:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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Tintypes gents antique car

April 7, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
King Park, NY, USA

$35 (starting bid)

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