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Re: Still need advice on tin type
Posted by: Bill Gillespie (ID *****4898) Date: March 18, 2009 at 18:40:19
In Reply to: Still need advice on tin type by Sherry Marshall of 2200

Sherry, Tintypes came into existence in 1856, and were pretty much gone by 1900, although some were made as curiosities at Coney Island into the 1930's.

The process was a bit too advanced for amateurs, so I'd suspect the plate was made by a professional. In the late 1870's, most pros would have preferred a wet-plate negative, as they could then make many albumen prints. The tintype process produced only one positive.

Tintypes are not on tin or a tinned plate; the plate was iron, coated with a dark japan lacquer. Collodion was then stuck to the front surface of the plate, and this held the image.

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