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    Posted 3 years ago

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    These are extremely old photos. They are on metal slides. I found this in an old dresser that was given to me. Its very hard to take a picture of them because the flash shines off of the metal.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      I collect antique photos as well-- thanks for sharing.

      The tintype on the left is 1870s- 80s time period. I like the photographers backdrop in the image-- the deer off her right shoulder is a nice touch.

    2. Tlsweat7203 Tlsweat7203, 3 years ago
      I like that backdrop too. I didn't even see the deer. Thanks!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      More great photos, especially the 1st. I have several old tintype photos and most everyone of the people in the photos always had such a sour look on their faces. I guess with the hard times, back then, there just wasn't much to smile about.
    4. Tlsweat7203 Tlsweat7203, 3 years ago
      I use to think that same thing about people's expressions in old pictures. Someone told me it took a long time to be photographed as well as it being rare to have a photo of yourself. In combination of time sitting and once in a lifetime portrait ...the expressions were more serious in nature, somewhat stern..
      I've got more to post on this collection.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Smiles are unusual in 19th century images. However, at the time of this image (1870s+) exposure times were very short. Additionally, photographs were available to the masses. Almost every small town had a photographer (or two) and competing photographers along with advances in the technology brought prices down to a reasonable range. Key life events (birthdays, graduations, jobs, wedding....) were often marked with a photograph.

    6. Tlsweat7203 Tlsweat7203, 3 years ago
      Wonder why they never smiled back then..
    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      I believe that lack of smiles is tied to a similar custom with PAINTED portraits. A portrait (painted or photographed) was initially a formal event. The artist (painter or photographer) set up the pose and treated it in a formal manner. A smile would have not have been considered appropriate. It wasn't until the 20th century that much of the formality left photography as cameras were readily available to the masses.


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