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Popular Photographic Print Processes: Tintypes (Ferrotypes, Melainotypes, Melanographs)

[Ruben Farwell (right) and an unidentified man, half-length studio portrait, facing front, wearing military uniforms]
[Ruben Farwell (right) and an unidentified man]. Tintype, ca. 1860s.

Dates in general use: ca. 1856-1930s

timeline 1856-1930

Description: The tintype is similar to the daguerreotype and ambrotype, since it is an image formed directly on a sheet of metal (a positive), and is sometimes found in a case. The sheet of metal serves the same function as the dark material used in ambrotypes to cause the image to appear positive. The image is reversed left-to-right. The tintype was a cheaper alternative to paper prints made from a negative.

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