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Dating tintypes

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From the dress styles and the hair, the date of Jim's picture is circa 1910. The tintype photograph saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type.

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This photo belonged to a relative (John Evans) who lived between 1864-1924.Tintype photographs, introduced in the 1850s, enjoyed tremendous popularity for over 50 years.They provided a cheaper, faster alternative to daguerreotypes because the image was ready within minutes.The Most Important Question To Ask Cousins About Old Photos Posted by Maureen Way back in the 1990s, Roma Bennett's cousin gave her this photo.At the time her cousin told her she didn't know anything about this tintype. In my experience, people usually know something about a picture, but they don't know they know it until you ask the right question.The following tips describe which characteristics increase the value of tintypes. Older tintypes are rarer and used a heavier metal plate, but dating them proves difficult because they were popular for so many years and the surface could not easily be inscribed.

Earliest productions bear the stamped patent along the edge, "Neff's Melainotype Pat 19 Feb 56." Historicize the content.

Most individuals remember where they originally saw the picture (on a grandparent's mantel), where they found it (in a deceased person's things), or who gave it to them.

I hope it's not too late for Roma to ask her cousin that question.

I am doing a family genealogy and it would a big help to be able to date this photo to before or after 1870.

I would greatly appreciate help, link to a tintype photo historian and your opinions on my old tintype photo.

Photo Clues Roma's picture is a tintype that's seen it's share of wear and tear and has darkened over time.