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Re: Help dating an old Tin type photo
Posted by: Ron Mesnard (ID *****3965) Date: August 26, 2009 at 06:09:06
In Reply to: Help dating an old Tin type photo by Robert Stieglitz of 2200

Tin types started early and survived for a very long time. The picture on metal gave the photo more longevety and value. They were not much more expensive to make than paper so they lasted a very long time. In short, that is was a tintype is of no help when dating. They were in vogue 1855-1880 but they were still sold in carnivals into the next century. Men do not change fashion much. You did luck out. I can clearly see a fashionable tie worn by men in 1840s - 1880s. That and how it aged (inferior process) make it seem to be older than most. I will guess 1870 +/- 10 years and +/- 15 years on the outside. If you can get an age on the white hat I suspect it might have been a fleeting fancy or maybe only a personal fancy. I never saw that exact style hat before.

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