Posted 3 years ago
Years ago, a fellow collector and close friend gave me the tintype shown here. At first glance, it appears to be a commonly found studio shot of an anonymous and conservatively posed subject in front of cloth backdrop. While the majority of tintypes are singular images, nearly all of these were actually cut from a larger sheet with multiple pictures.
The second picture reveals that the portrait is actually one of four images shot on a 5” x 7” tintype plate; in reality, two of the four pictures were found and positioned to show how they would appear relative to each other on the plate.
Tintypes are unique images that cannot be reproduced without copying; so to make cost effective ‘multiples’ a multiple lens camera was often used - in this case - a 4-lens style shown in the third image.